Vitamin D and Sleep by Stasha Gominak MD
Moving indoors has produced a global epidemic of sleep disorders and an abnormal intestinal microbiome. Both are related to vitamin D deficiency and can be treated.
Three Simple Steps for Healthier Sleep
New brain science discoveries show that sleep is entrained to our planet’s annual cycle by sunlight producing vitamin D on our skin, allowing us to sleep longer and gain weight in winter. Avoiding the sun has left us with a global epidemic of sleep disorders and a changed microbiome that are both linked to our failing health. Learn how to use this new information to help all of your patients sleep better.
- Recognize that sleep disorders and chronic illness have become pandemic in last 40 years due to behavioral changes that produce vitamin D deficiency.
- Recognize that illness and chronic pain may occur from inadequate repair during sleep.
- Acknowledge vitamin D as a hormone that is linked to the brainstem control of sleep.
- Be able to summarize how D deficiency leads to changes in the microbiome that lead to B vitamin deficiencies.
- Recognize that B5 deficiency can lead to deficiency of Acetylcholine a neurotransmitter necessary for normal sleep and repair