Tired During The Day? Vitamin D Could Be To Blame

Do you find yourself feeling tired during the day? Daytime sleepiness is a common issue that is a part of the lives of thousands of people. While it may not seem like a major health concern, it can certainly affect the wellness and wellbeing of anyone who suffers with it. A new study has found a link between daytime tiredness and levels of vitamin D, but also that your race may be an important factor too.

While it has been suggested in the past that levels of vitamin D could play a part in how tired we feel during the day, the study has revealed that the relationship might be somewhat more complicated than had previously been predicted.

The research, which has been published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, found that in most patients there was a correlation between increasing levels of daytime sleepiness with decreasing levels of vitamin D in the body. Interestingly, though, among black patients the higher levels of daytime sleepiness were correlated with higher levels of vitamin D.

The study involved a group of 81 sleep clinic patients who complained of sleep problems and nonspecific pain. The levels of vitamin D were determined through blood tests, while the levels of sleepiness were determined by using the Epworth Sleepiness Scale.

The researchers have suggested that this is the first study that has shown a significant link between daytime sleepiness and a lack of vitamin D.

While the researchers admitted they were exactly sure why the study had produced such a surprising result, more studies would be required to confirm and investigate the concept. While it is known that race can play an issue in levels of vitamin D, because skin pigmentation can have an enormous effect of the body’s ability to absorb sunlight.

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