Research Suggests One of Vitamin D’s Benefits Is That It Prevents Daytime Sleepiness
“Sleep is the best cure for waking troubles,” so said the famous Cervantes in Don Quixote. But in spite of technology and science having progressed leaps and bounds, survey after survey shows that getting a good night’s sleep in today’s techno-busy world is elusive. The 2011 poll conducted by the National Sleeping Foundation found that 43 percent of Americans (between the ages of 13 and 64) reported rarely or never getting a good night’s sleep on weeknights. About 60 percent of those polled said they have problems sleeping every night or almost every night. A 2012 survey reports that roughly 1 in 10 Americans say they are likely to fall asleep in inappropriate places and times, such as during a meeting or driving. 1
Cracking the Sleep Code
To get a good night’s sleep, consumers have tried a variety of products, but they can come with side effects. So the recent discovery that a simple, vitamin-like hormone called Vitamin D may help pull the blinds down and restore restful sleep to millions of Americans, is quickly drawing attention. The new study shows an association between excessive daytime sleepiness and low levels of Vitamin D, particularly in African American men. While the relationship appears to be more complex than originally thought, the study presents a mechanistic role for Vitamin D in sleepiness, sleep disorders or both. Follow-up studies may help scientists delve deeper into this association to understand it better. 3
The study followed 81 sleep clinic patients who complained of sleep problems. At the end of the study, researchers found those with sub-optimal levels of Vitamin D were more inclined to sleepiness during the day. Those with optimal levels of Vitamin D were inversely correlated with sleepiness during the day.
A two-year uncontrolled study which followed the sleep patterns of 1500 participants with neurological complaints and abnormal sleep found those who maintained vitamin D3 blood levels between 60-80 ng/ml had improved sleep and neurological symptoms. The study suggests a direct central effect of Vitamin D on sleep and also proposed the hypothesis that sleep problems are epidemic because of the worldwide deficiency in optimal Vitamin levels. 4
Based on the results of this study, a supplement business owner, like yourself, might want to consider offering your customers a sleep support product that includes Vitamin-D to help them catch up on some much-needed sleep.
Lack of Sleep – A Worldwide Problem
The circadian cycle of sleep and wakefulness is deeply rooted in our biological framework, which is why the primal call to wake up began when the sun rose and sleep came when the sun set. This awakening response is said to be the result of sunlight penetrating the skin to form Vitamin D3. Vitamin D is a hormone and triggers the release of melatonin. High levels of melatonin, in turn, trigger the event of sleep.
Statistics show that more than 50 percent of the global population suffers from lower levels of Vitamin D. 5 It’s a known fact that skin pigmentation has always been a factor that affects Vitamin D levels. Darker pigmentation is associated with higher risk of low Vitamin D. Not only race, but seasons also play a role in vitamin D levels. In winter, Vitamin D levels tend to drop because of less exposure to the sun. Not being able to get enough sleep for prolonged periods of time can affect your health in the following ways:
- Higher risk for accidents
- Impaired concentration
- Inability to make decisions
- Lower sex drive
- Weight gain
Vitamin D Benefits
In the past decade, scientists have discovered that Vitamin D has multiple functions in the body that go beyond the scope of bone health.
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