Sleep. We all love it and crave more of it. The key to sleep, though, isn’t getting more; it’s getting better quality sleep during an 8-hour period. There are a few things you can do to naturally help your body relax and get quality sleep too, such as turn off your phone an hour before bed and stay away from screens. You can also make sure you’re getting the right nutrition and take vitamins that help with sleep.
Get a Magnificent Night’s Sleep with Magnesium
Magnesium works wonders when it comes to releasing tension and helping you relax. Magnesium is wonderful at combating insomnia, as it essentially prepares your body for rest.
How does it work? Magnesium acts as a natural calcium blocker to help muscles relax after a workout or stressful day. It can also help soothe contractions and spasms.
Magnesium also helps you produce melatonin, which is a common sleep aid supplement.
Iron Helps Relieve Sleep Disorders
Iron is a major component in our blood that provides oxygen to our cells and tissues. Being deficient in iron can leave you feeling fatigued. It can also lead to sleep disorders!
Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a disorder that causes an irresistible urge to move the legs constantly, even at night. It is often a hindrance to many, as it keeps them awake at night.
If you have this sleep disorder, you may simply be low on blood iron levels, and therefore taking iron may be helpful to relieve the deficiency and symptoms and help you get a better night’s sleep.
Iron-rich foods include liver, nuts, dark chocolate, beef, lamb, beans, whole grains, and dark leafy green vegetables. If you want to try taking supplements, talk with your doctor.
Try B Vitamins for Better Sleep
While vitamin B-12 is a popular choice to fight fatigue, other B vitamins are also known to help you sleep. Research suggests good levels of vitamins B3, B5, B6, B9 and B12 may help achieve good sleep. All of them help regulate your body’s levels of the amino acid tryptophan, which helps the body produce sleep-inducing melatonin.
You’re probably already familiar with tryptophan — the hormone in turkey that supposedly makes you feel sleepy after eating a big meal during the holidays? Yup, it’s that same hormone! Though, in relation to holiday meals, the sleepiness you’re feeling is likely due to overeating and not tryptophan.
Additionally, a lack of vitamin B5 may cause you to wake up repeatedly in the evenings, while B12 and folic acid (vitamin B9), are known to help fight insomnia.
You can get vitamin B12 and B Complex (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, biotin, B9, and B12) all at IV Revival. Because B vitamins are water soluble and because you need so many different kinds, it’s easier to get them through an IV while you learn how to integrate them into your diet. Our mobile IV therapy service sends nurses directly to your home. They’ll administer the IV and treatments are all quick and easy.
If you’re interested in learning more, give us a call!
Be Ready to Face the Day with Vitamin D
While taking extra vitamin D won’t help the average person, those deficient in it might get a much needed boost in sleep quality from it.
Research suggests there may be a link between low levels of vitamin D. and poor sleep quality.
The ‘sunshine vitamin’ is thought to influence both sleep quality and quantity, and studies have shown that vitamin D deficiency is associated with less sleep overall and with more disrupted sleep.