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Five Vitamins Linked to Sleep

You might find yourself tossing and turning night after night for any number of reasons. But here is one you may not have thought of: vitamin deficiencies.

"We know that diet and sleep are deeply connected," says Michael Breus, PhD. He says there are five vitamins "that appear to play a role in how much sleep we get and how restful and high quality that sleep is."

Vitamin B6

Link to Sleep

Researchers have found that vitamin B6 plays a role in the production of melatonin, a hormone crucial for proper sleep. This nutrient also plays a role in mood regulation and as Breus puts it, "There's a strong correlation between depression and sleep problems."*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Other Functions

Vitamin B6 is a busy nutrient. It supports more than 100 enzymatic reactions within the body and plays roles in amino acid and red blood cell creation.*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Food Sources

Bananas, bell peppers, poultry, spinach, turnip greens

Vitamin B12

Link to Sleep

"Several studies have demonstrated that this vitamin is involved in regulating sleep-wake cycles by helping to keep circadian rhythms in sync," says Breus.*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Other Functions

Vitamin B12 is needed for proper neurological function and the production of red blood cells.*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Food Sources

Liver, sardines, salmon, shellfish, snapper

Vitamin C

Link to Sleep

Studies have associated low levels of vitamin C with of poor sleep. It also helps the body absorb plant-based non-heme iron, a mineral linked to support of the bodily processes that help control restless legs syndrome, in which jumpy legs make it difficult to stay asleep.*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Other Functions

Vitamin C helps support the body's antioxidant systems and plays a role in the production of collagen, a crucial protein found in skin, bone and connective tissue.*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Food Sources

Bell pepper, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale, lemons, oranges, parsley, strawberries

Vitamin D

Link to Sleep

Breus says that "there is a growing body of research" linking vitamin D with sleep support.*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Other Functions

As one of calcium's nutrient partners, vitamin D plays a crucial role in bone support; it also plays a role in immune function. *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Food Sources

Cod, eggs, mackerel, milk (enriched), salmon, sardines, shrimp; also created in skin exposed to sunlight

Vitamin E

Link to Sleep

Scientists have found that vitamin E may help support memory function; sleep loss can affect memory.*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Other Functions

Vitamin E helps support the body's antioxidant systems as well as cardiovascular well-being.*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Food Sources

Almonds, chard, spinach, sunflower seeds, whole grains

 

 

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