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The Biggest Sleep Stories of 2011: Part I

Posted: 01/ 4/2012 8:57 am

The year that just ended was a big one for sleep, with lots of important, news-making stories related to sleep and sleep disorders. Here are my picks for the biggest sleep stories of 2011, and the most important sleep advice to come from this year's most compelling research into sleep.

January 2011: Take Your Vitamins...For Sleep
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Vitamins don't just do your waking body good, they may also help improve the quality of your sleep. Vitamin B may help the body's production of serotonin, the "calming hormone" that lulls the body toward sleep. Calcium may also help relaxation, and taken in combination with magnesium, may help with chronic sleep problems. Vitamin D got a lot of attention this past year -- with good reason, since many people (in northern climates, with darker skin tones, elderly, overweight, pregnant and post-natal women) are at risk for vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is showing promise in lowering fatigue and daytime sleepiness.

Stay tuned for more sleep tips and a roundup of the most promising and important sleep stories from the second half of 2011. Happy New Year!

Sweet Dreams,
Michael J. Breus, PhD
The Sleep Doctor™

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