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The Surprising Key to Better Sleep

By Stepy Kamei

The quality of your sleep can have a surprisingly big impact on many aspects of your waking life. Obviously, if you don't sleep well the night before, your next day may leave you feeling tired and sleepy. However, chronic poor sleeping habits can actually damage your overall health and wellness in the long run. Study after study has shown a direct link between poor sleep and health conditions such as depression, chronic pain, obesity, and even heart disease. Therefore, it really is in your best interest to know every possible way you can improve your sleep. There are some of the more well-known facts, such as creating a bedtime routine, using blackout curtains, and banning electronics from the bedroom, you should be implementing every night. However, there are some smaller, yet equally important, habits you should be picking up as well. For instance, the key to better sleep may lie in your diet -- specifically, how much Vitamin D you consume every day.

Vitamin D Does More Than You Think

You may be thinking that because it has the word "vitamin" in it, Vitamin D is inherently valuable to your health, but do you know why, exactly, this is the case? Many health experts have been touting this vitamin as the "sunshine vitamin" for decades, since it's associated with healthy amounts of sun exposure, and is also a natural mood booster. However, Vitamin D is loaded with other benefits as well. In addition to fighting bloat and increasing energy, it may improve your sleep as well.

Scientists have noticed a link between Vitamin D deficiency and poor sleeping patterns. For this reason alone, not to mention the others listed above, it's a good idea to make getting enough Vitamin D in your diet a priority.

Getting Plenty of Vitamin D is Easy!

Fortunately, there are loads of Vitamin D sources all around. For starters, getting a decent amount of exposure to natural sunlight every day is one good way to get this vitamin. If you live in a cloudy climate, or just want alternative options, you can turn to the food you eat. Potent amounts of Vitamin D can be found in:

  • Eggs
  • Salmon
  • Whole milk
  • Full-fat Yogurt
  • Shiitake mushrooms

Most of these items are easily found in grocery stores, and can be added to plenty of classic dishes for an extra boost of an important vitamin. You can always speak with your healthcare provider about adding a Vitamin D supplement into your diet.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Richardson, Tex.  

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