Dr. Stasha Gominak Discusses Sleep and Vitamin D

This lecture will knock your socks off…
(Notes below)


Writings by Dr. Gominak


  • We heal during sleep
  • Improving sleep quality heals many different conditions
  • It’s ability to heal exceeds the ability of most medicines
  • Growth hormone is released while you sleep
  • Body pain is associated with poor sleep
  • REM sleep is particularly important for healing
  • Sleep disorders have increased significantly since the onset of electric lighting
  • When sleep goes bad, we stop repairing out genetic weaknesses and injuries
  • Sleep shores up genetic weakness.
  • If you have a sleep disorder but don’t have the migraine gene, you won’t get migraines… something else will go wrong.
  • In her practice, every person who tested positive for poor sleep had low vitamin D levels.
  • Vitamin D is made by an interaction between sunlight and the cholesterol in your skin
  • When you reduce cholesterol levels – like with statins – you reduce your body’s ability to make vitamin D naturally.
  • When you add vitamin D to a skin cancer cell in a petri dish, it stops reproducing inappropriately.
  • Many inflammatory connections have vitamin D receptors including bone marrow components, all blood cells and platelets.
  • You still have to get the sleep better to make the effects of dosing with D obvious
  • Rats have a unique property of being able to use D2 from their diet therefore they do not need sunlight and can live nocturnally.
  • Humans, on the other hand, cannot process D2 (it can be toxic) and need sunlight or D3. Doctors still give out D2 for bone disease because of studies with rats.
  • Vitamin D is not a vitamin: it is a hormone.
    • Vitamin: My cell needs this chemical. I can’t make it. Therefore I need to get it from my environment.
    • Hormone: My body makes it. It is not in the environment.
  • Low Vitamin D associate with health issues in multiple areas of the body: metabolic syndrome, atherosclerosis, visceral adiposity, hypertension, hyperglycemia, diabetes, leg swelling.
  • Hypothesis: we’ve made statins in response to high cholesterol which is caused by vitamin D deficiency.
  • Hospitals are set up for the doctors convenience: we wake up our patients to do an x-ray, to take blood, to bathe them. It’s ridiculous: they are at the lowest ebb of their physical strength when they need sleep most and we are interrupting it. We need to protect their sleep.
  • What the right level to have normal sleep?
  • Humans can make 20,000 IU on our skin in 1-6 hours depending on our skin color.
  • People who are genetically made to live at the equator (dark skin) take a much longer time to make Vitamin D.
  • The daily recommended dose varies GREATLY depending on your genetics, where you live, the time of year and your lifestyle. The FDA dosage recommendation should be ignored.
  • Furthermore you cannot depend on the amount of Vitamin D in the pills because of poor regulation. What is stated on the label is often unreliable.
  • Too much Vitamin D IS toxic. The symptoms vary because the first problem is disturbed sleep and that can cascade to a very wide variety of problems.
  • D25 OH test optimum blood level is about 60-80 ng/ml.
  • MS is a vitamin D deficiency disorder
  • You need to take D3. D2 is NOT the same. D2 is toxic. Do not take it.
  • Co-factors: vitamins you may need to take with D3:
    • B12
    • Iron (IF there is a deficiency)
    • Magnesium
  • You have to be very careful with self-dosing. This is a hormone. If you get it wrong, it will screw you up.
  • Monitor you levels. Monitor you sleep.
  • Having correct D levels will not matter if your sleep is constantly interrupted for other reasons. It’s ultimately the sleep that confers health.

Sleep Apnea is associated with:

  • high blood pressure
  • heart disease
  • diabetes
  • stroke
  • obesity
  • daytime sleepiness
  • memory problems
  • depression
  • headache
  • fibromyalgia
  • fatigue

She frequently refers to a CPAP mask which is a device which delivers “Continuous positive airway pressure”.


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