Do you wake up tired after a good night’s sleep? You may be deficient in this necessary vitamin
Waking up tired in the morning after a good night’s sleep could be a sign of vitamin B12 deficiency, according to new research.
The water-soluble vitamin, from animal foods or supplements, fights fatigue in addition to helping produce blood cells and supporting the nervous system. Low levels of the vitamin in the body impair vital processes.
A survey published in the British Journal of Nursing found that approximately 1,000 patients with vitamin B12 deficiency reported a wide range of symptoms, the most common being fatigue.
While 96% of respondents said they experienced “unusual fatigue”, 86% said they “woke up tired”.
Fatigue is persistent tiredness despite rest and with a B12 deficiency it could become more pronounced in the morning – waking up tired despite having slept through the night.
Some 34% of those surveyed reported glossitis – swollen and inflamed tongue – while 30% said they experienced hair loss, canker sores or blurred vision.
However, many symptoms can be treated with treatments. If left untreated, some problems may be irreversible. A delay in treatment increases the risk of permanent damage, experts say.
The NHS says B12 deficiency can often be diagnosed by GPs based on symptoms and blood test results.
It can be treated with two types of injections: hydroxocobalamin and cyanocobalamin.
“At first you will have these injections every other day for two weeks or until your symptoms start to improve,” the NHS says.
“After this initial period, your treatment will depend on whether the cause of your vitamin B12 deficiency is related to your diet or whether the deficiency is causing neurological problems, such as problems with thinking, memory and behavior” , explains the state-funded body. health body.
The best sources of B12 are foods of animal origin, including fish, meat and liver, clams, milk and dairy products, and eggs, according to the Nuneaton, Holland-based health food chain. Barrett.