Is Your Sleep Disorder Linked to a Vitamin Deficiency?

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola

December 30, 2021

Story at a Glance

  • Vitamin deficiencies, such as vitamin D and the B vitamins, can interrupt your sleep patterns. Vitamin D influences sleep, including reducing neurological symptoms, sleep apnea, and lowering the risk of sleep disorders
  • Vitamin D plays a role in the production of acetylcholine. The body uses B vitamins and vitamin D to produce this neurotransmitter, which helps regulate your sleep-wake cycle
  • Acetylcholine allows the body to be paralyzed during deep sleep, which in turn helps promote cellular repair and regeneration. This is one reason why sleep dysfunction has such wide-ranging health effects
  • Vitamin D is also important to the production of melatonin, a hormone crucial for the regulation of the sleep cycle
  • Unfortunately, many don't get enough sun exposure to attain optimal levels of vitamin D and an oral supplement may be required. Take these the steps to help determine if you need a supplement and the ideal dosage

 

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