Vitamin D and sleep

tatt

Well-Known Member
When I began researching vitamin D deficiency I came across suggestions that this could damage sleep. e.g http://journals.cambridge.org/download.php?file=/PNS/PNS70_OCE3/S0029665111001285a.pdf&code=0470bf8655b8ead567d2aaa56a4c8e16 possibly by exerting an influence on pain http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26090221

Dr Gominak believes you must have the right level http://drgominak.com/vitamin-d-hormone.html and this study suggests supplementation helps

In winter in the UK and northern parts of America it's not possible to make vitaamin D in the skin and you have to rey on stores from the summer. Deficiency is common in winter. Those with ME who are bedbound or housebound are also likely to be deficient in summer. Oily fish and eggs are good sources of vitamin D but my levels were low when tested despite regularly including those foods in my diet, taking a low supplement and the test being done at the end of summer.

Anyone with sleep problems may want a blood test. In the uk if your gp wont do a test I recommend http://www.vitamindtest.org.uk/ - or in winter just supplement anyway - or show this to your gp https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/vitamin-d-advice-on-supplements-for-at-risk-groups
 

Cort

Founder of Health Rising and Phoenix Rising
Staff member
When I began researching vitamin D deficiency I came across suggestions that this could damage sleep. e.g http://journals.cambridge.org/download.php?file=/PNS/PNS70_OCE3/S0029665111001285a.pdf&code=0470bf8655b8ead567d2aaa56a4c8e16 possibly by exerting an influence on pain http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26090221

Dr Gominak believes you must have the right level http://drgominak.com/vitamin-d-hormone.html and this study suggests supplementation helps

In winter in the UK and northern parts of America it's not possible to make vitaamin D in the skin and you have to rey on stores from the summer. Deficiency is common in winter. Those with ME who are bedbound or housebound are also likely to be deficient in summer. Oily fish and eggs are good sources of vitamin D but my levels were low when tested despite regularly including those foods in my diet, taking a low supplement and the test being done at the end of summer.

Anyone with sleep problems may want a blood test. In the uk if your gp wont do a test I recommend http://www.vitamindtest.org.uk/ - or in winter just supplement anyway - or show this to your gp https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/vitamin-d-advice-on-supplements-for-at-risk-groups
Thanks Tatt,

I added it a bit and made it into a Resource: http://www.cortjohnson.org/forums/resources/vitamin-ds-connection-to-sleep.191/
 

tatt

Well-Known Member
Thanks - I missed out a link I meant to include. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22699141
There are quite a few others e.g. http://www.journalsleep.org/ViewAbstract.aspx?pid=29865
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25904436

and perhaps the most comprehensive of the lot http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4427945/

A link between low vitamin D and various other conditions doesn't, of course, mean that one causes the other. However there is at least one study showing supplementation helps. Anyone who has a vitamin D deficiency (and that is probably all the bed bound and housebound) might want to remedy it.
 

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