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Our Vitamin D Levels Can Affect Our Quality of Sleep

It is very important to know that the quality and quantity of our nightly sleep can and does affect our overall health and wellbeing.  In fact, a consistent lack of sleep can contribute to the development and progression of chronic health diseases. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) tell us that insufficient sleep has been linked to type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and depression. Many who find it difficult to fall asleep and/or stay asleep can be helped with certain nutrients.

What are those nutrients?

  • Recent studies looked at the results of various randomized but controlled trials to ascertain which dietary supplements were more successful in improving quality of sleep.
  • The studies found that those supplementing with amino acid, melatonin - and vitamin D - had the most improvement while magnesium, zinc, resveratrol and nitrate showed promise.
  • Magnesium (which should be taken at night) was found to show considerable improvements in insomnia severity, sleep time, sleep efficiency, sleep onset latency, the regulation of sleep related hormones - and the decrease in restless leg syndrome during sleep.
  • Further studies and clinical trials (involving vitamin D and sleep) have found a definite correlation between low or lower vitamin D levels and poor sleep quality and/or duration.

Why is vitamin D one of the important aids to better sleep?

This is because there are vitamin D receptors in the areas of the brain responsible for sleep regulation (namely the first stage of sleep and for maintaining sleep).  In addition, vitamin D plays a role in the synthesis of melatonin.   Melatonin, known as the "Sleep Hormone," is secreted from the pineal gland and helps in controlling sleep and the circadian rhythm.  So sunlight not only drives vitamin D synthesis but also the synthesis of melatonin - and there is even evidence that vitamin D itself may help regulate the production of melatonin.

How are your own vitamin D levels?

  • If they are low and you find that insomnia and other connected issues are a problem, it could well be that you should try to raise your vitamin D levels as soon as you can.
  • A simple blood test can tell you how you stand in the levels table and put you on the right track to an improved sleeping pattern as well as the many other health benefits of having a higher vitamin D level.
And while you are investigating this, help is at hand with H-Sleep Aid Formula for a natural way to fall asleep...

Raising those vitamin D levels

During the warm and sunny summer months, spend at least twenty minutes out in the sun with as little clothing as possible (and minus any sunscreen)  until your skin starts to turn pale pink.

During the winter months, start a course of good quality vitamin D3.  When supplementing with vitamin D3, you will also need to add in magnesium and vitamin K2.  Take with a spoonful of fat (such as grass fed butter or coconut oil) as vitamin D is fat soluble.  Make sure you have calcium in your diet by including dairy products and dark green leafy vegetables.

It can be difficult to know what dosage to take if you have not been tested but most suggested doses of vitamin D are too low and it is hard to overdose.  40 ng/mL is a good level to aim for initially, rising to 60 or 70 if you can for optimum health. In the meantime, a suggested dose when supplementing with vitamin D3 is 5000 IUs per day.