Vitamin D: Daytime Energy the Old Fashioned Way

What can one vitamin really do for your energy levels?

Posted Jan 20, 2011

Once again I love it when a mystery is revealed, or at least partially explained.

  • B3: Has been shown to increase REM sleep, help with depression in some cases and a decrease in nighttime awakenings.
  • B6:  is essential in the production of serotonin, the “calming” hormone that helps calm the body before falling asleep.
  • Folic Acid: deficiency in folic acid deficient can  be found in those with insomnia
  • Important Minerals: Calcium and Magnesium, taken in a 2:1 ratio, can be helpful for sleep
  • Calcium: is a natural relaxant which has a calming effect on the nervous system.  500 mg daily can be helpful (soda can actually strip away calcium).
  • Magnesium: is a mineral that appears to help assist chronic sleep problems as well. It should be taken 250 mg daily with 500 mg. of calcium.
  • But a recent case study has shown that a patient with severe sleepiness, and a vitamin D deficiency,  vitamin D supplementation improved daytime sleepiness dramatically:
  • The patient was a 28 year old female.  She was suffering for about 4 months with excessive sleepiness. Her symptoms started slowly and continued to progress.
  • She kept a standard bedtime between 10 and 11 pm, and she reported falling asleep within minutes.  She would wake at 7:30 am and reported that she did not think that she was sleeping poorly. She would get her kids ready for school and then be back in bed by 8am until noon. She would then nap from 4 pm to 7 pm. She reported about 14 hours of sleep per day.
  • Her sleep study showed no signs of sleep apnea or other sleep disorder. During her clinic visit she showed no signs of narcolepsy, depression or anxiety. Her next day nap study was unremarkable.
  • She reported muscle fatigue and pain, as well as headaches, her labwork showed a thyroid in the low but normal range and she had low levels of vitamin D.