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Top up your vitamin D to fight daytime sleepiness

Sleepy? This will wake you up

You nod off in front of the TV. You power nap at stoplights. You feel sleepy during the day, no matter how many hours of shuteye you got the night before.

If any of this sounds even a little bit familiar you’re probably the victim of daytime sleepiness. But, it turns out the solution to your problem may be as simple as a stroll out in the sunshine.

Yes, superstar nutrient vitamin D is back to ring in the New Year, with new research connecting it with feeling sleepy during the day.

Research published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, shows that there’s a major link between excessive daytime sleepiness and vitamin D levels. It’s the first study showing such a connection.

Here’s the kicker, though–it’s not about “deficiency.”

Sure, in the study, people with progressively higher levels of daytime sleepiness did have progressively lower levels of vitamin D. But they were all within the normal range. Well, what’s considered “normal” according to mainstream measures, that is.

The researchers want to do a follow up study to find out if there’s a direct link between vitamin D levels and daytime sleepiness, or if the results have to do with D somehow alleviating chronic pain that had been keeping people awake.

But honestly there’s no reason to wait for those results. These findings are just one more reason, among many, to make sure you’re getting plenty of vitamin D.

Regular readers of eTips already know how important this vitamin is. Here’s just a small sampling of the ways in which vitamin D can turn your health around:

- It can slow down cancer.

- It offers major benefits during pregnancy.

- It could help ward off Alzheimer’s.

- It offers an alternative to risky blood pressure meds.

Dr. Wright recommends soaking up the sun and working with a physician skilled in natural medicine to find your body’s optimal level of vitamin D. A general daily dose for adults is 4,000 IU, which can be achieved by spending 20 minutes in the sun with your face and arms exposed.

Of course it’s January, and depending on where you live you might not have that many sunny days for a while. Cod liver oil is a great alternative source of D when the sun is scarce. It packs in 1,200 to 1,500 IU per tablespoon. Be sure to take extra vitamin E if you supplement with fish oils, to help keep them from oxidizing too rapidly in your body.

P.S. While replenishing your D levels can go a long way towards getting you the rest you seek, you might still be in need of some help getting a full restorative night’s sleep. But whatever you do don’t reach for a dangerous sleep drug! Our friends and affiliates at The Douglass Report have an innovative sleep solution that could be the key to helping you get that calm, relaxing sleep you’re looking for–night after night. Click here to learn more.

Sources:
“Significant Link Found Between Daytime Sleepiness and Vitamin D” Science Daily (www.sciencedaily.com)