Health & Nutrition

Vitamin D and Bs & Sleep Quality

Summary of the interview with Dr. Stasha Gominak, neurologist and sleep specialist

  • Young kids/adults are presented with sleep problems like little or no RAM sleep due to vitamin D and K2 deficiencies. Not sleeping results in not developing properly.
  • Acetylcholine is needed for proper paralysis when sleeping so the body can repair itself and acetylcholine production needs vitamin D
  • Children used to spend time outside without the use of sunscreens and not many indoor air conditionings existed before 1970s and 80s
  • Vitamin D deficiencies lead to vitamin Bs deficiencies. The repairing that brain does during sleep needs vitamin Bs specially B12 and B5 (Pantothenic acid, also called vitamin B5 is a water-soluble B vitamin. All animals require pantothenic acid in order to synthesize coenzyme A (CoA))
  • Vitamin D should be above 40
  • Take vitamin B100 or B50 for 3 months and see how you feel. May have to stop as you build reservoir of it.
  • As sleep gets improved, may need more vitamin Bs initially as body does more repairs and gradually need less. Listen to your body as waking up and see how you slept, any pain, etc.
  • Signs of vitamin deficiency that effects sleep quality: morning fatigue, kicking a lot while sleeping, snoring when too paralyzed (the right amount of paralysis needed for repair work), runny nose, obligate mouth breathers.
  • Too much vitamin B (like B100) causes arthritis pain and stomach issues, may have to stop and assess. With vitamin B, too much and too little can be a problem. Suggesting to take vitamin Bs for 3 months then stop and assess to see if needed more as the body builds reservoir of it and continue to use.

Dr. Stasha Gominak discusses how vitamin D (from sun) is needed to improve the stability of gut bacteria, which in turn help synthesize B vitamins necessary to facilitate deep sleep.

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