Sleep: the elixir of life! We all want more and better quality, but how do we go about it? Insomnia is a multifaceted problem. Sleep is a biological imperative and insomnia is always a symptom of an underlying physiological imbalance. This study shows us how one simple supplement may help you get the sleep you need.
About two-thirds of american adults are deficient in Vitamin D.. Because we think of vitamin D as a “vitamin” its far reaching influences on our health is often underrated. Vitamin D is a hormone and plays key roles in neurotransmitter regulation, mood, immune health, and much more. Our bodies produce its own Vitamin D with ample sunshine and cholesterol (not a bad word!)
It seems like every week I hear of another potential health issue related to D deficiency. But, one I had not directly seen was sleep! As you can see by this study posted in Nutritional Neuroscience inadequate Vitamin D led to problems in almost all aspects of sleep. I make Vitamin D part of my daily supplementation in the Designs for Health Twice Daily Essential Packs and I also try to get a half hour minimum sun exposure to my arms, legs, and face.
Remember that insomnia is a symptom of an underlying health imbalance. Pharmaceuticals are proven to be poor at creating restorative sleep and are potentially addictive. Proper lab testing and history is the path to uncovering the root cause. Then a proper prescription of supplements, Chinese herbs, and lifestyle change can restore your basic biological right: to sleep!
Duncan Macdonald, L.Ac.