Feeling tired may come down to more than just a lack of good quality sleep. If you’re struggling to fall asleep or even stay asleep, your body could be lacking in certain vitamins. Of course, everybody is different so it is important to check with your doctor and see if you’re deficient in anything that could be causing your sleeplessness. But here’s a snap shot of some vitamins that can impact how well we sleep.
Vitamin D supports the immune system, is essential for healthy bones and helps your body fight infection and control inflammation. When your body lacks Vitamin D, it struggles to find the energy it needs to fall asleep.
The most natural way to boost your Vitamin D level is safe exposure to sunlight. Other valuable sources include salmon, sardines, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, kale and cabbage.
Magnesium deficiency often leads to unexplained anxiety and nervousness, making it particularly difficult to fall asleep. Even worse, once asleep, magnesium deficient people tend to sleep lightly and frequently wake up. To help counteract a Magnesium deficiency, foods such as almonds, cashews and wheat bran can help boost the levels.
Most people know calcium is critical for bone strength and development, but it often goes unnoticed that it also plays a critical role in giving you a good night’s sleep. Calcium naturally soothes the nervous system, helping to quieten the mind, however, increased stress can deplete our calcium levels. Natural sources of calcium are dairy products, beans, nuts, seeds, seaweed and broccoli.
Studies have shown those people who had lower level of zinc were much more likely to have interrupted sleep patterns and slept for much shorter periods than those with sufficient zinc in their system. It’s also been shown that those deficient in zinc can have more trouble utilizing Vitamin B6, directly related to depression and insomnia. Foods rich in zinc include beef, lamb, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, cashews, turkey and lentils.
A great tomorrow starts with a good night’s sleep. If you’re struggling to fall asleep or stay asleep, your body could be trying to tell you something. For prolonged periods of sleeplessness, check with your doctor to see if you might be lacking in essential vitamins.