Disease is not inevitable:
Medical problems are not just time-related deterioration of the body. We don’t just “wear out”. Our knees repair every night. If we sleep normally we wake up with new knees every morning.
When we moved indoors and began to avoid the sun bad things started to happen. There are several vitamin deficiencies that result from our current “indoor life”, and those deficiencies have changed our sleep. I want you to sleep normally, repair your body and wake up happy and healthy every morning.
I didn’t just wake up one morning and decide to recommend vitamins for sleep. Getting to where I am today was a long learning process, and you’ll have some things you’ll need to learn too! For 5 years I tried to help my patients sleep better with sleep apnea masks and sleeping pills. Neither one worked very well. I was frustrated and so were my patients! In 2009 I made the accidental discovery that vitamin D is related to sleep . In 2013 I discovered that low vitamin D made the intestinal bacteria change. Those bacteria use our vitamin D and in return make and supply our B Vitamins. And, believe it or not, our intestinal bacteria are important for normal sleep.
Old and new ideas about vitamins:
Remember that animals lived on this planet for millions of years before humans created the word “vitamin”. The squirrels in my backyard are not taking vitamins. They were goofing around and missed Ms. Shemanski’s 8th grade class about the “healthy diet” so they don’t know that either. I want to be back to being healthy like the squirrels, no pills, eat what I want. Obviously it isn’t really that easy. It is important to have a healthy diet, but so many of my patients were sleeping badly despite a healthy diet and daily exercise that I wondered what else could be going wrong. My dissatisfaction led me to consider new ideas.
My ideas about vitamin D and pantothenic acid (B5) are based on my patients’ observations and scientific articles that have been overlooked or forgotten. Based on my experience and many scientific articles we store some of the B vitamins and we can hurt ourselves with them if we’re not careful.
I don’t think that more expensive supplements are better. The reason we were told that is linked to vitamin D deficiency too! Severely vitamin D deficient patients do not produce enough stomach acid to dissolve vitamins, or normal food for that matter. The strength of the stomach sphincters (that keep the acid in the stomach where it belongs) is also linked to vitamin D. The normal human stomach was designed to dissolve raw meat so it can dissolve a generic vitamin. I will not be selling you expensive vitamin preparations. Everything on this site can be purchased easily at a routine pharmacy in your neighborhood.
Vitamin D, poor sleep and chronic illness:
When all humans lived outdoors most of us slept normally until we got old. Except for infections and injuries medical problems also didn’t begin until we got old. In the 1970’s when air conditioning and sunscreen came we stopped making vitamin D on our skin. When the vitamin D went down our sleep became worse. When the sleep started to fail new problems appeared; sleep apnea, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome. Things that were uncommon became common; autism, ADD, infertility, premature delivery, depression, allergies. Diseases that used to appear only in the elderly began to appear in the young; heart failure, atrial fibrillation, stroke, autoimmune disease, arthritis, chronic pain, neuropathy, depression, constipation, insomnia, tremor, balance problems and diabetes, just to name a few.
Can it be fixed?
Yes, but vitamins don’t fix the body, sleep fixes the body! People who have been sick longer take longer to get better! This means that each person has their own time-line of improvement.
RightSleep® uses a specific vitamin regimen but it also has an important belief system: Normal Sleep gives Repair. Abnormal Sleep results in Disease. To fix yourself you will need commitment, good observation and good records. The RightSleep® Workbook will help you every step of the way!
Sleep and Neurological problems:
Tremor, epilepsy, migraine, vertigo, depression, Parkinson’s and anxiety are all things that travel in families. They are genetic disorders, inherited in our DNA. The chemicals that keep us from shaking or seizing or having headaches, are made while we sleep. During deep sleep we make the chemicals that run our brain. When we don’t sleep normally our chemicals don’t get replenished and we start operating on the edge of normal, then we start to malfunction. That means we can get back to normal chemistry and normal function by sleeping normally again!
Drugs and Sleep:
Sleeping medications are not dangerous when used intelligently. They work because they copy the chemicals your brain normally uses to sleep. Although sleep disorders result from vitamin D deficiency simply replacing the vitamins will not make you sleepy. If you have been sleeping badly for years your sleep switches have missed years of repair. Vitamins are the building blocks of repair, but the repairs cannot happen while we’re awake! In order to repair we must sleep, even if it’s by using a sleep medication. Once you start to make your own sleep chemicals you won’t need the medication and you’ll be able to taper off. Don’t be afraid to use every single method at your disposal to sleep. If you need a sleep apnea mask or an oral appliance ( a mouthpiece that your dentist can make to move the jaw forward during sleep) to stay in deep sleep then that is what you need. I do not spend a lot of time on this site telling you about your bedroom. There are already many popular sites telling you where and how you should sleep. Use all of those suggestions if they help you. If they don’t, then try something else, try the vitamins that I suggest. Keep trying things until you find a combination that allows you to fall asleep, stay asleep and feel good in the morning.
Everything I have posted on this site comes from my patients’ observations about their bodies. Our bodies did not come with a User’s Manual so the only absolute truth in medicine is your observation of your own body. Hopefully these ideas will help you, and you will sleep better and feel better. See the FAQ section for a quick overview.
About Dr. Walter Stumpf:
Many of my ideas about vitamin D are based upon the extensive scientific work of Dr. Walter Stumpf who passed away at the end of 2012. He was an amazing scientist who single-handedly clarified one of the most important aspects of our endocrine system. Despite the widespread skepticism of his colleagues he continued to believe in the validity of his concept of “soltriol”. His many journal articles describe Vitamin D’s actions, and its integration into our endocrine system made up of a triad of gonadal, adrenal and dermal steroids. Together we added the idea that soltriol is also necessary for normal sleep.