Is Vitamin D A Pain Relief?
Vitamin D supplements and a good night’s sleep may be the solution you were looking for to tackle common aches and pains. Newly released research has identified the relationship between vitamin D, sleep, and pain. The findings suggest that vitamin D supplements, combined with regular sleep and good hygiene are an effective approach to countering more commonplace, naturally occurring aches and pains, such as arthritis, menstrual cramps and back pains.
The study, published in the Journal of Endocrinology, was carried out by researchers from the Department of Psychobiology at the Federal University of São Paulo in Brazil. This involved a review of other studies on the link between vitamin D supplementation and pain management. Evidence suggests that vitamin D plays a role in biological processes including sensory signals and sleep regulation. The research also concluded that vitamin D plays a big part in bone metabolism.
While pain is linked to interrupted sleep, it is still inconclusive how vitamin D affects pain. The researchers, however, suggested that health care professionals ought to consider the association when treating the aforementioned pain. Dr. Monica Levy Andersen, the senior author of the research stated that vitamin D supplementation combined with sleep hygiene may optimise the therapeutic management of pain-related diseases, such as fibromyalgia.
Pain is regulated by both the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system. The immune system and the peripheral nervous system can increase pain sensitivity if, for example, due to inflammation.
Two of the ways vitamin D supplements could potentially impact on your sensitivity to pain is by affecting your sleep and via its role in countering inflammation. Research suggests that vitamin D deficiency in your body is linked to sleep disorders and chronic pain. In acting against inflammation, vitamin D stimulates the anti-inflammatory response produced by your immune cells. This reduces your sensitivity to pain, which can also help you to sleep better.
It is not news that a healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet that includes all the minerals and nutrients your body requires results in the likes of a stronger metabolism, better mental health, and overall well-being.
It is widely acknowledged that a combination of regular exercise and vitamin D promotes stress management, which in turn helps you to sleep. Exercise and other physical activity produce endorphins. Endorphins are chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers, and also improve your ability to sleep, which in turn reduces stress.
You get a healthy free dose of vitamin D when the sun is out during summer months, but in 2016 it was reported that in colder countries, people weren’t getting enough. Vitamin D deficiency is common in adults who cover up in the sun. A lack of vitamin D has also been proven to lead to other health issues. Along with a change in mood, a lack of vitamin D has been proven to worsen the symptoms of osteoporosis. Muscle soreness that is unrelated to weightlifting may also be due to vitamin D, as is fatigue.
It is more common for the effects of vitamin D to become apparent in the winter months when the sun isn’t out as much, but if you have been struggling to sleep or suffering any kind of muscle aches and pains unrelated to an injury, it is recommended that you visit your doctor.