We all know the importance of getting the correct amount of vitamins and minerals in our daily diet. Vitamins and minerals can help promote everything from stronger teeth and bones to a healthy immune system. Whether you get your recommended daily amount of vitamins and minerals from the foods you eat, or you take a multivitamin or other supplement, getting the right balance of vitamins and minerals in your daily diet is extremely important.
Recently, a study was conducted on the importance of vitamins in helping to treat the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea. The study, entitled “Obstructive sleep apnea and vitamin D: an updated systematic review and meta-analysis” appeared in the September 2023 issue of the journal “Hormones,” and revealed that those suffering with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) had lower levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25-OHD) and higher levels of vitamin D deficiency than persons who do not have obstructive sleep apnea.
Even more concerning is that the study’s researchers found that when treating these patients with traditional CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) therapy, the levels of vitamin D did not increase, nor did their vitamin D deficiency decrease.
So, what does that mean for those with obstructive sleep apnea? Well, for starters if you have obstructive sleep apnea, it may be wise to speak with your physician about having your vitamin D levels tested. If it is discovered that you are suffering from a vitamin D deficiency, your doctor can prescribe a supplement that can help increase your vitamin D levels, or recommend foods to incorporate into your diet to increase your vitamin D levels naturally.
While increasing your levels of vitamin D won’t necessarily make your obstructive sleep apnea go away, this essential vitamin helps your body absorb calcium as well as prevents your muscles from involuntary spasming. We all know how important calcium is to our teeth and bones, so making sure we have adequate levels of vitamin D is essential, especially as we grow, and even as we age.
If you have obstructive sleep apnea, be sure you are treating your whole body, and not just your sleep. Maintain regular communication with your physician, and be sure to request testing if you’re concerned about your vitamin levels.
If you’re looking for a CPAP-free solution to treating your sleep apnea, reach out to Dr. Abelar’s office about your options for a custom sleep orthotic, which can help get you back to sleep without the need for traditional CPAP therapy.