Scientists have discovered that vitamin D, paired with quality sleep, has the potential to prevent chronic pain conditions, such as fibromyalgia and complex regional pain syndrome, as well as make treatments more effective. Learn more here.
Vitamin D is something our bodies need to stay healthy and in tiptop condition; not only does the vitamin prove essential for maintaining healthy bones, teeth, and muscles, it also has the potential to support the health of the immune system, brain, and nervous system. Thanks to a recent study, experts have discovered that vitamin D, paired with a good night’s sleep, could help chronic pain syndrome sufferers better manage their pain and that it has the ability to improve the effectiveness of treatments, something which could change the lives of many patients for the better. To learn more about the science behind the discovery and how you could increase your vitamin D levels to improve your quality of life, continue reading our blog.
Researchers from the Federal University of São Paulo, who were led by Dr Monica Levy Andersen, conducted the research and discovered that vitamin D supplementation, combined with quality sleep, had the potential to increase the effectiveness of pain management treatments for a diverse range of conditions, including complex regional pain syndrome and fibromyalgia. The results of the study, titled ‘The interfaces between vitamin D, sleep and pain’, appeared in the Journal of Endocrinology and provided insight into how vitamin D levels have an important role in the relationship between pain and sleep.
Results of the study have been described as exciting and novel; although a link between pain and sleep disturbance has already been established, a role for vitamin D has never been fully investigated before. Now, researchers are able to unravel the mechanisms of how vitamin D is involved with complex processes to better understand if a good night’s sleep and sufficient vitamin D levels could be an effective pain management method.
If you suffer with chronic pain and want to know how you can increase your vitamin D levels, we have provided a few recommendations below:
1) Increase your sun exposure, but remember to take it easy. Aim to spend around 20 to 25 minutes outside in the sun per day – even on a cloudy day.
2) Despite what you may have heard, egg yolk is a great source of vitamin D. Rather than throwing the yolk away next time you make an omelette, make sure you add it to the pan!
3) Oily fish can be a good source of protein, including salmon, trout, mackerel, tuna, and eel.
4) If any of the above don’t work for you, have you considered trialling daily supplements?
This being said, however, it’s important to remember that, although we understand chronic pain conditions well, we are not medical experts and you should visit your doctor to discuss things in more detail before you decide to increase your vitamin D levels.
Have you ever experienced positive results with vitamin D, sleep, and your chronic pain symptoms? If so, we’d love to hear your story, so get in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter or comment below.