Vitamin deficiencies, such as vitamin D and the B vitamins, can interrupt your sleep patterns.
Vitamin D influences sleep, including reducing neurological symptoms, sleep apnea, and lowering the risk of sleep disorders.
Vitamin D plays a role in the production of acetylcholine. The body uses B vitamins and vitamin D to produce this neurotransmitter, which helps regulate your sleep-wake cycle.
Acetylcholine allows the body to be paralyzed during deep sleep, which in turn helps promote cellular repair and regeneration. This is one reason why sleep dysfunction has such wide-ranging health effects.
Vitamin D is also important to the production of melatonin, a hormone crucial for the regulation of the sleep cycle.
Unfortunately, many don’t get enough sun exposure to attain optimal levels of vitamin D and an oral supplement may be required.
A healthy gut microbiome supports health and sleep and there is a strong relationship between your vitamin D status, microbiome health and your sleep.