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Vitamins for Respiratory Health | Sleep Update

From eNewsletter 11/9/2020

DID YOU KNOW that a new study in BMJ Nutrition, Prevention, and Health found that over an eight year period, there was a strong association between optimal intake of vitamin A and E from diet and supplements, as well as vitamin D from supplements, and reduced prevalence of respiratory complaints? In other news, The United Kingdom's Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that vitamin D3 supplements will now be provided free of charge to all of its citizens to help their immune systems fight COVID-19! PRODUCT UPDATES Pure Encapsulations Vitamin D3 25 mcg (1000IU) 250 capsules is back in stock. VIRUS PREVENTION

Continue with extra immune support until at least summer of 2021. SARS-CoV-2 knows no boundaries and does not discriminate. Besides, SARS-CoV-2 is not the only virus we fight. There is influenza (flu), norovirus (stomach flu), adenovirus (common cold), and four other coronaviruses (common cold), among others. Prevent and Fight Coronavirus 2.0 is our must-read protocol. For detailed advice about conventional, as well as integrative treatments, read Steve Minsky's COVID-19 Condition Monograph.


Paid NCI Well Connect members can now access the update at Members Only Archives and enter the password archives2018 when prompted in the Guest Area. We have also updated our Improve Your Mood Action Plan.


Steve and Bonnie: the latest sleep research you need to know about. Evening Device Use According to a study in Medrxiv, those who increased electronic device usage during the pandemic showed decreased sleep quality, exacerbated insomnia symptoms, reduced sleep duration, higher sleep onset latency, and delayed bedtime and rising time. Conversely, subjects reporting decreased screen exposure exhibited improved sleep quality and insomnia symptoms. The study demonstrates the strong relationship between the increase in evening electronic device usage and sleep disturbances during the pandemic. Our rule of thumb is to be off all digital devices at least one hour before bed. Regular Sleep Schedule Despite increasing awareness of how critical sleep is to our health, getting a good night's rest remains increasingly difficult. Adding one more wrinkle has to do with whether or not you go to bed on time regularly. Researchers in Digital Medicine studied the correlation between bedtime regularity and resting heart rate and found that individuals going to bed even 30 minutes later than their usual bedtime presented a significantly higher resting heart rate that lasted into the following day. Interestingly, going to bed more than 30 minutes earlier than normal bedtime also affective heart rate regularity. Thus, even if you get enough sleep a night (between 6 to 8 hours), going to bed at the same time each night is also quite important. Lack of Sleep Is Really Bad for Your Cognition and Emotions A new study in a huge number of subjects from JAMA Network Open examined the association between sleep duration and cognitive decline in the general aging population. Cognitive function in individuals with extreme sleep duration (less than 4 or more than 10 hours per night) declined significantly faster than in the a group getting 7 hours per night. In teenagers who experience very poor quality and quantity sleep, the risk of experiencing poor mental health later in life, particularly anxiety and depression, goes up exponentially, according to a new study from Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. Finally, sleep deprivation makes us feel less happy, active, attentive and purposeful, according to a new study from Sleep. Those in the study who slept less than normal felt less joy, enthusiasm, attention and fulfillment. Moreover, the sleep-deprived subjects took a practical cognitive test testing responsiveness and accuracy an hour and a half after waking. Reaction time went down and error rate went up to the the point that sleep deprivation may have about the same effect on driving as alcohol does. GET SLEEP ASSISTANCE NATURALLY We have so many individualized suggestions to help you sleep, no matter the type of issue. For self-help, your can read our Sleep Well Action Plan. However, we always prefer you set up an appointment with Bonnie or Steve to individualize your sleep situation without resorting to medication.


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