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Vitamin D deficiency linked to sleep disorders

According to new research more and more of us are spending most of our time in offices and homes and missing out on vital Vitamin D. Vitamin D is known as the “sunshine vitamin” because spending time outside in the sun is known to increase vitamin D levels in the body via the skin.

Researchers from East Texas Medical Center and the University of North Carolina have found a definite link between vitamin D and the current global epidemic of sleep disorders. They discovered that vitamin D helps to regulate the sleep-wake cycle.

The research was carried out on 1500 patients and followed over a 2 year period. A constant level of vitamin D3 was maintained in their blood over many months. This produced normal sleep in most of the patients. During the research, the authors discovered the presence of high concentrations of Vitamin D “receiving sites” or “receptors” in those areas of the brain that are related to the onset and maintenance of sleep.

So if you’re feeling tired and your sleep pattern is not good, it could be because your lacking in the essential vitamin D.

Last updated: 15-11-2012