Mineral/vitamin deficiency linked to sleep problems

MD002519But pharmaceutical sleeping aids have many side effects that may cause more problems than lack of sleep. For one thing, they add burdens to your body that is already battling against the assault of  nutritionally deficient  products of the manipulated industrial food saturating the market today. Your body has no hope of functioning efficiently without adequate nutritional input in the form of vitamins and minerals that are missing in the fast food, junk and processed food and even the so-called ‘healthy’ food  loaded with hidden harmful additives, known today as the Standard American Diet.

Deborah Enos, writing in livescience.com suggests just three vitamin/mineral deficiencies that are linked to sleep disturbances. A few simple  natural changes and additions to your daily diet may do wonders for your sleeping patterns without you having to resort to harmful sleeping chemicals.

* Trouble getting to sleep? May be magnesium deficiency. An article published in the journal Medical Hypothesis concluded that magnesium deficiency could be a major factor contributing to minor and severe depression, sleep irregularity and other mental disruption problems.  Boosting your diet with magnesium rich foods such as dark, leafy greens, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, Brazil nuts, beans, lentils and some types of fish may be the solution. If not, consider a high quality magnesium supplement.

* Trouble staying asleep? Perhaps you fall asleep immediately, only to wake up and toss and turn a little later. This may indicate a potassium deficit. By all means, make bananas, long known as a key potassium provider, a part of your daily diet. However, better sources are beans, leafy greens and avocadoes.

* Tired during the day? It seems that nearly all modern people suffer from extended tiredness during the day. That can be attributed to vitamin D deficiency, which has been called a world epidemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) in this age of sedentary, indoor lifestyles. The sun’s rays, of course, are the number one source of vitamin D. For those who cannot get adequate sun, (high quality) supplementation is highly recommended by the journal Clinical Sleep Medicine. There are not many food sources of vitamin D, but cod liver oil, salmon, tuna and good fortified foods may provide some help.

Whatever you decide, you would be wise to use pharmaceutical sleeping pills only as a last resort.