You may have been told many times over to take your vitamins as a kid. But as it turns out, this advice may be more important than you’d think – especially if you have obstructive sleep apnea.
For obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) sufferers, a vitamin deficiency can compound an already troublesome issue with your sleep in more ways than one, depending on the individual, as well as the specific vitamin.
Take a closer look at how vitamin deficiencies can affect your OSA, and what you can do to reverse any impacts.
A number of recent studies has found that a lack of Vitamin D can increase a person’s risk for obstructive sleep apnea. And it can actually make current cases of OSA noticeably more severe.
Luckily, there is good news. Corresponding research has also found that treating obstructive sleep apnea can go a long way in increasing the amount of Vitamin D that your body is able to retain, naturally diminishing the deficiency.
People who have obstructive sleep apnea tend to have lower levels of Vitamin E. This can exacerbate an existing snoring and sleeping problem. This is because an influx in Vitamin E can actually help improve nighttime breathing, as well as the severity of obstructive sleep apnea in individuals.
A lack of vitamin C will not only harm your immune system, but it can increase your snoring while affecting your ability to breathe through the night.
Conversely, a combination of Vitamin C and Vitamin E has been shown to reduce episodes of apnea, making it easier to sleep soundly.
This all-encompassing vitamin has a big role when it comes to sleep.
Not only does it aid in immune system function and cognitive health, but it also helps with melatonin and serotonin production.
As such, a deficiency in Vitamin B6 for sleep apnea sufferers can lead to a noticeably higher risk of depression and other mood disorders. This is because both OSA and a lack of Vitamin B6 have been linked to changes in mood and depression. And the two issues combined can enhance this risk significantly.
Vitamin B12 is helpful in regulating sleep cycles, ensuring that people can fall and stay asleep throughout the night. And several studies have linked a lack of Vitamin B12 to a heightened risk of insomnia.
As such, it’s especially dangerous for OSA sufferers to have a Vitamin B12 deficiency. This is because their already poor quality sleep will diminish even further.
The best thing that you can do if you’re concerned with a vitamin deficiency or obstructive sleep apnea is to talk to your doctor.
In addition, take an at-home sleep test. Your doctor will be able to recommend vitamin supplements as needed. Meanwhile, a convenient at-home test can help you identify issues with your sleep in just one night’s time.
Addressing a vitamin deficiency as well as sleep apnea is essential. And it’s because the two problems can be so inherently linked. So take care of your sleep – and take your vitamins – to continually feel at your best.
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