You were probably wondering when I would address something that directly affects you. If you are like most people, you haven’t slept well in years, and maybe decades. If you watch TV, you see that businessmen have figured this out as a huge percentage of the ads promote substances to put you to sleep, to keep you asleep and then to wake you up during the day. No, it doesn’t add up, because it is not normal to sleep poorly.

Vitamin D3 works in your brain’s sleep center and controls muscle tone while you sleep, such that during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, your body needs to be totally paralyzed. Throughout REM sleep your brain contracts 30-40% and the recently discovered drainage system, the glymphatic system, opens and drains off waste from the brain.

Remember when you were a kid and when awoken out of a deep sleep how it took a few moments to regain your bearings? Well I believe that is due to your brain trying to function while expanding back to normal. Also, during deep sleep, I believe it is advantageous for the body to be motionless for it to better repair itself. When vitamin D3 levels are not adequate to initiate the Madison-HannaH effects, this center malfunctions. It either causes the body to be more and more paralyzed such that one snores to the body’s total paralysis of sleep apnea in which the body stops breathing, to the opposite of no paralysis, resulting in restless leg syndrome (RLS) or going back and forth with both disorders during the night. These events cause the body wake out of REM sleep, either enough to be conscious of it and thus frequent night time visits to the toilet or not, but enough that the brain can’t contract to drain.

Over time, this causes the buildup of waste in the brain, poor repair of the body and stress such that we have premature aging. Sleep issues are complex, so vitamin D3 isn’t the complete answer, but it is, except in those who regularly exercise, an important factor. In my experience, about half of the patients who had sleep apnea and/or RLS and took the Optimal vitamin 3 Dose saw their sleep apnea resolve. Again, this is the reason that more study is needed.

*The information posted above is for educational purposes only. Always check with your doctor before initiating any changes in your medical treatment. If you do not, then The Two-Minute Health Fact, Dr. Judson Somerville, nor The Optimal Dose is responsible!

1 Comment

Daniel Tremblay · February 3, 2020 at 11:56 am

Hi Dr Somerville
I am 61 and I live in Quebec. I began taking 30,000 UI per day of vitamin D3 three months ago, after reading your book.
I would like to know how much time it takes to see improvements in health, in general?
I have a good he
I have got the flu last week

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