(ORDO NEWS) — Insomnia is a serious problem that negatively affects the quality of life and impairs health. Old age, stress, mental problems, certain medications and thyroid disorders are among the most important causes of this problem. However, vitamin and mineral deficiencies can also cause insomnia, says endocrinologist and metabolic disease specialist Dr. Safiye Arık.
These are the vitamins
Vitamin deficiency is one of the main causes of sleep problems. However, many people are not aware of this. Lack of vitamin D, vitamins B12, B6, B2 can cause insomnia in both adults and children. Especially in people with a lack of vitamin D, insomnia is often observed.
This vitamin affects areas of the brain that regulate sleep and plays a role in the production of melatonin, an important hormone for youth and sleep. For this reason, we can see that people with low vitamin D levels complain of poor sleep quality and difficulty falling asleep.
Avoid mineral deficiencies
Iron deficiency also causes a decrease in serotonin and melatonin levels, including in children, and in this regard, can cause sleep disorders in anyone.
Iron deficiency anemia can cause discomfort in the legs at night and lead to insomnia. It can even cause restless legs syndrome. And with a lack of calcium in the body, a breakdown occurs. The result is excessive fatigue and sleep disturbance.
What can be done?
It is very important for children and adults to regularly check their vitamin levels, as well as undergo medical examinations. If you have an iron deficiency and associated symptoms, you should consult a specialist and increase your intake of foods containing iron. However, tea and caffeine consumption should be reduced.
The most important way to get plenty of iron and vitamin B12 is to eat animal foods and eat a balanced diet. Red meat and offal, as well as fish and eggs, can help you get enough iron and vitamin B12 every day.
Almost all patients with insomnia and restless legs syndrome are iron deficient. With regular medical examinations and on the recommendation of a specialist, special supplements can be taken to compensate for the deficiency of vitamins and minerals.
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