Tossing in bed instead of sleeping? These 4 vitamins can help

Vitamin deficiency can literally give you sleepless nights. It’s better that you make a note of what to eat in a day to keep your vitamin intake and sleep in check.

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Nikita Bhardwaj Published on: 15 March 2022, 09:00 am IST
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Are you not sleeping well or sleeping way too much? Well, in both cases, you will end up not feeling as refreshed as you should be! These conditions also suggest a major deficiency of certain vitamins in your body – and those, my dear, hamper your sleep. That’s why we want to share a list of vitamins that can help you improve your sleep.

So, let’s get going!

4 must-have vitamins if you want to sleep well

  1. Vitamins B

    Being deficient in this group of vitamins can be really problematic because it is not just a single vitamin. And when it comes to irregular sleep, it is given that your body lacks B3, B5, B6, B9, and B12. All of these are basically responsible for proper brain functioning. Most importantly, they help in melatonin which is a key to a good night’s sleep.

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    Irregular sleep can make you unproductive. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

    “Hormones are made in our body by the pineal gland at night, and it regulates the sleep-wake cycle. Being exposed to light at night can block melatonin production, compromising sleep quality,” explains nutritionist Lovneet Batra. So, being deficient in vitamin B can really cost you a lot.

    Sources for vitamins B: include milk, eggs, chicken, meat, fish, spinach, kale, lentils, chickpeas, yogurt, and sunflower seeds.

  2. Vitamin C

    If you are always sick, how can you sleep well? It is literally a no-brainer, isn’t it? That’s why you need vitamin C to ensure you sleep like a baby. Vitamin C is loaded with antioxidants and helps you in keeping your immune system in check. And a healthy body and mind will automatically help you in improving your sleep.

    Sources of vitamin C: include orange, sweet limes, lemons, amla, strawberries, kiwi, potatoes, broccoli, tomatoes, papaya, grapefruit, and pepper.

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    Bid adieu to insomnia with grapefruit. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
  3. Vitamin D

    If your sleep is disrupted, a lack of vitamin D can be the biggest reason. Our lifestyles are such nowadays that sun exposure is almost nil. That means we are negating the free flow of vitamin D. There are various studies to indicate that people with problems like insomnia or sleep apnea are deficient in vitamin D. Basically, this vitamin helps our body in the production of various hormones that regulate the functioning of our body. And the humble sun is the best source of it.

    Food sources of vitamin D: include eggs and fish in your food to accentuate the manufacturing of vitamin D. You can also consult your physician. S/he can help you with supplements.

  4. Vitamin E

    Women who are in their menopause face the problem of hot flashes and sweat during the process. This wrecks their sleep and makes them irritable and tired all the time. Vitamin E can totally rescue them from this. Sources of vitamin E are a powerhouse of antioxidants that is capable of improving sleep and restoring sleeping disorders.

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    Keep a check on your vitamin E intake for mental and physical well-being. Image courtesy: Unsplash

    Sources of vitamin E: include pomegranate, sunflower seeds, avocado, nuts, kiwi, olive, mango, cranberries, fish, and peanuts.

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Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.

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