How to Cure Insomnia and Sleep Better
By Dr. Nopill

Insomniac's Guide to Vitamins, Minerals and Others

Vitamins and Minerals may play an important role in regulating sleep and curing insomnia

Nutritional deficiencies or poor nutrition absorption can cause sleep troubles and chronic insomnia.

This section highlights vitamins and minerals known to have effects on sleep and help with insomnia.

When changing your vitamin and mineral intake, allow a couple of weeks to judge its effects. Keep in mind that, generally, vitamin absorption declines with age.

Group of B Vitamins

Studies have shown that maintaining sufficient levels of Vitamins B3, B5, B6, B9 and B12 particularly help in achieving good sleep.

Among other affects, the group of B Vitamins is involved in regulating the body's level of tryptophan, an amino acid important for maintaining healthy sleep (covered later).

  • Vitamin B3 (niacin) often promotes sleep in people who have insomnia caused by depression and increases effectiveness of tryptophan. It is reported to help people who fall asleep rapidly but keep waking up during the night.
  • Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) is good for relieving stress and anxiety. A deficiency of B5 can cause sleep disturbances and fatigue.
  • Vitamin B9 (folic acid) deficiency has been linked to insomnia.
  • Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) is reported to help insomniacs who have problems falling asleep, as well as promoting normal sleep-awake cycles.

Other relatives of the B Vitamins have been found to be helpful in some insomniac cases.

It is important to note that B-complex vitamins are used up more quickly by those who smoke, drink alcohol, are stressed and/or take birth control-pills. Consider increasing your intake of Vitamin B if you are in any of these groups.

Good natural sources of B Vitamins include potatoes, bananas, liver, liver oil, fish, turkey, nutritional yeast and molasses.

Be aware that B Vitamins can act as energizers in some people and can cause over-stimulation and sleeplessness.

If you want to check out the effect of B Vitamins on your insomnia, take a supplement containing the entire B complex about 2 hours before bedtime for a couple of weeks and see if it helps to improve your sleep.


Calcium is a natural relaxant and has a calming effect on the central nervous system. It is essential for good sleep. Even a minor calcium deficiency can lead to muscle tension and insomnia. At the same time, Calcium can be rapidly depleted under stressful conditions.

Insomnia can be a result of low Calcium levels, its poor absorption, or both.

Dairy products, such as milk and cheese, are a well-known source of Calcium. Other sources are seaweeds (kelp), nuts and seeds (almonds and sesame), beans, oranges, broccoli, and fortified products, such as soy milk. An overlooked source of calcium is eggshell, which can be ground into a powder and mixed with food.

If taking Calcium as a supplement, take it just before bedtime.
Note that Magnesium and Vitamin D are required for good Calcium absorption and proper mineral balance.


Magnesium deficiency can cause nervousness, which may prevent you from sleeping. Low levels of magnesium can lead to shallower sleep and cause you to wake more during the night.

Magnesium-rich foods are wheat bran, almonds, cashews, blackstrap molasses, and kelp.

Copper and Iron

Poor sleep can be caused by the lack of copper and iron in the diet. These minerals very strongly affect sleep patterns.

Keep in mind, however, that copper and iron need to be in proper balance with other minerals in the body, and too much of either one can cause serious side effects.


Tryptophan is a naturally occurring amino acid. It is found in foods such as milk, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, beans, cheese, and leafy green vegetables.

Tryptophan is one of the elements that make you feel sleepy after a big steak or turkey dinner.

It is important because of its production of serotonin, which slows down nervous activity and induces sleep.


Melatonin is a hormone naturally produced by the body, which basically tells the human brain and body that it is dark outside and it is time to sleep.

Studies in both animals and humans indicate that taking melatonin is extremely safe, with very few people reporting any side effects.

Although Melatonin is a natural sedative and induces sleep, some experts are reluctant to recommend it because of its other actions as a hormone.

Melatonin is available without prescriptions, alone and as part of many "sleep remedies" for insomnia.

You can try taking Melatonin before bed time. However, as with any sleep remedy, use it as infrequently and in as low dosage as possible.

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This topic has 68 comment(s):

Sleepseeker wrote:
When I read all the articles regarding the vitamins and minerals the body needs for normal healthy function including sleep, I look at my one-a-day supplement and realize that they only contain a small fraction of daily required dosages. Of course, trying to pack a little of everything into one table would lead to these low dosages. It would seem that either taking a one-a-day with other specific supplements in higher dosages or not using them at all, would be the answer. What do you think?
ali wrote:
vitmaine and minerals
The topic cover many aspect of information, it is interesting article and knowledge base. Thanks.
Denise wrote:
I've recently started to use a good stained relase multi vitamin and have since seen a huge improvement in my sleep. I wasnt having problems falling asleep, just staying asleep. I now am staying asleep for 7-8 hours straight and am feeling great!
Ronald wrote:
vitamins at night
I have found that if I take multivitamins before bedtime, my body seem to be more alert and I'm having trouble staying asleep. I'm taking my multivitamins earlier in the day now, with lunch.
Irmy wrote:
sleeping disorder
It's been about a month since I last had a good night sleep. I toss and turn all night long and it affects my back and legs. With the exception of possibly 2 hours of sleep, it seems that I'm up most of the night. What can I do to relieve this. Is this caused by Restless legs symptoms?
gary wrote:
If I take vitamins A to ZINC, my regular sleep at night is affected - brain is alerted and body is relaxed.
If you take vitamins it should be in the morning.
ganga wrote:
insomnia patient since 2006, and having medicines till
J. K. Pathak wrote:
I have not been able to sleep at night for the last two years. I hardly sleep three to four hours at night, of course with lots of efforts. I am taking multivitamin/mineral half- tablet A to Z everyday at breakfast. In the afternoon I usually have 15 minutes cat-nap. I am fully engaged during the day. My appetite is good and consuming nutritious food. Please note I am a vegetarian-- not even eggs. I avoid as far as possible dairy products. I am fully dependent on fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and beans. No health problems except some skin problem. I take my pathological tests once a year. Everything normal. I check eyes, dental, ECG, ultrasonography, etc regularly. Can anyone suggest the cause of insomnia.
Arnold wrote:
Also looking for solution
J. K. Pathak,
I am in exactly same situation, except I'm not a vegetarian. I wake up in the middle of the night and cannot fall back into sleep.
Do you take any (not sleep related) medications? For example, blood pressure meds?
Joven wrote:
Re: Insomia
I've been a user of clonazepam .05 mg with doctor's prescription for more than 3 years now. Lately I stop abruptly but I experienced withdrawal syndrome like insomia, body pain and inability to focus although my appetite is not affected I think this makes me resilient.

Now now that I learned that B-Complex,Minerals and other vitamins will help, I will try this recommendation hope that it will work out. Perhaps it may take weeks to be able to recover my sleepless nights.

To those like me with insomia please do not attempt to drink benzodiapines, it is addicted although doctor will tell you not.

We hope for the best. More power to everyone.
paris wrote:
i have not been sleeping for a few years ...tried everything but recently i have had two great nights....not deep sleep but at least i feel like i have rested and night...single vitamin niacin vit b 3.. take vitamin an hour before bed....please try and post your results...
San Diego wrote:
I have started b12 shots- not painful and an amazing difference in regards to my sleep.I am not vegetarian, but they help dramatically. I also find a b complex with high b3 helps a ton. Slo-Mag with magnesium chloride is another thing I take at night that helps.
Crozet wrote:
3 months ago I went G-free and one of the happy side effects is I started sleeping through the night. I started researching to figure out why and I think I was not absorbing vitamins due to my stomach issues. I started taking B complex and magnesium as well to make sure I was getting enough with my limited diet. I also take calcium since I don't tolerate dairy. I do think there is a vitamin connection if you are deficient. I suffered for more than 10 years of waking up after 3 hours and being up for at least 2 hours before getting another couple of hours.
Soyeso wrote:
Most people are unlikely to find solutions to chronic insomnia only through diet or supplements (Western approach), since so many elements are at play. There is no one solution for everyone. TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) offers solutions for each type of imbalance. Ayurveda may help as well. Besides your individual body type, your emotions and individual imbalances can be assessed by TCM practitioners.
Try some searching using "Insomnia TCM" online, but a thorough
assessment needs experience. I do not mean to belittle the good dietary suggestions above. It's ALL important...
The best way to take Magnesium is transdermal (through the skin)...see "magnesium oil". Good luck, I know well how insomnia feels...
Mrs. Parker wrote:
When I worked overseas 2 years ago, I developed a problem in sleeping. The doctor prescribed me rivotril and anrax (hope I am correct with the name). It does help me once in a while. I feel like I have a quality sleep every four days. The problem is when I drinked the medicines and I did not sleep immediately (after feeling sleepy)the medicines effect expires resulting to having not sleep at all. Reading the tread here I will try B3 and tapper by next year the medecines I am taking.
I hope B3 is the answer :-)
Mrs. Parker wrote:
Joven, are you able to get a good results from B3 ? Please share your experience.

teacher wrote:
I began having restless leg in college. I did not know what to do about it and had never heard of it before. My symptoms became increasingly worse over some years. After six years of college I began having insomnia in addition to restless came in spurts. Pregnant, I asked my doctor what he thought it was, but he had no idea. I happened to read a short article in Reader's Digest about it and finally had a name for it. When I took pre-natal vitamins my symptoms went away. Many months later, off of vitamins, my insomnia and RLS came back. After reading The Miracle of Magnesium I knew that a big part of my own deficiency was magnesium, which I supplement fairly regularly for a variety of health benefits. When off of magnesium for a length of months I notice both symptoms coming back.
Mrs. Parker wrote:
After reading this article I bought B12. I drink this together with Centrum Advance after having my lunch. It helped though but still at night drinking Rivotril to help me sleep.
I hope one day B12 and the other vitamins I am taking will help me get through with this sleep disorder without taking any medication as I plan to have another baby by next year...
emma wrote:
Vitamines and minerals play a massive role enabling our bodies to function properley. Being an acupunturist of traditional chinese medicine. I have seen great improvments with insomnia from acupunture. One of my clients suffered from insomina for 15yrs after 5 treatments the gap of being awake in the night is starting to close. So there is hope for you all yet. Good luck
luckyone wrote:
pantothenic acid stops 4am awakening
I struggled for some time with waking up in the middle of the night and unable to go back to sleep for a long time. This started in my early 50's. My doctor suggested 500 mg pantothenic acid before bed and it WORKS!! I take it with a costco melatonin at bedtime. I sleep through the night, unless I forget to take it before bed.
Natasha wrote:
I had a B12 deficiency & I couldn't sleep kept getting up at 3 am the doctors didn't take notice they put me on sleeping tablets & anti depressants & it worsened the condition. Then by researching on my own i found out i have been having a life long deficiency of B12 especially if you're vegan or vegetarian you should watch out for this I took oral B12 in the form of sublingual Methylcobalamin dissolved on the tongue for easy absorption straight to the blood stream, since the commonly prescribed cynacobalamin contains a minute amount of cyanide which harms the brain. So in 2 months i got my B12 levels up my sleep was normal & i also took magnesium for relaxing on n off. And also please take all your vitamins after breakfast.
Informed wrote:
Dont listen to that jargon about Tryptophan not being available in the US. Ive been taking a 100 percent pure tryptophan supplement for about a year and it has dramatically helped my insomnia.
mary wrote:
restless leg syndrom
I thought I had this, and it was severe. Turned out I had a tumor on my spinal cord...once it was removed I was ok
Mark wrote:

I live in the USA and I've been using L-tryptophan for the last 5 years. The last purchase I made (about 6 months ago) was for 500 grams, or a little over a pound worth.

The caveat here is that tryptophan should be taken on an empty stomach with Niacin and vitamin B6 or it will converted into serotonin instead of melatonin.

Also, there are GABA derivatives such as phenibut which may be used on a short-term basis of a couple weeks to help acclimate someone's transition from pharmaceuticals (mine was Ambien) to a peaceful night's sleep without harmful drugs.

I hope everyone will benefit from this info I've collected from across the internet.
mary wrote:
It was started last August when I got fever for almost a week I am away with my family, and this concerned me alot that makes me not to sleep well up to now. PLS. HELP. I am taking rivotril for sometime and Mosegor Vita for 5 days as if it is not working. How many week do I feel the effect of Mosegor Vita for those who is using it PLS. HELP.
Desperate wrote:
Severe anxiety depression and vision
For year I suffered from severe anxiety and depression for almost 4 years and still suffering from it. I used to have perfect eyesight since 2004 when I had a lasik surgery done. Few months ago, I noticed my right eyes is getting blurry and just getting worse. I took several and different kinds of anti depressants and sleeping pills over the years. Could anxiety and depression have anything to do with my eyesight?
lama wrote:
insomnia and B-vitabins
I started taking B complex which contains B1, B6 and B12 and i cannot sleep i have the worst kinds of insomnia!!! I heard that it should be taken in the morning only because it keeps you alert and energized..It could be that im taking it in high doses. I will stop it all together and see what happens.

so i think the information about b complex providing a better sleep is misleading. what are the recommended doses of the b complex vitamins?? so i know if i was taking a toxic dose or not
Interested wrote:
Vit B 12 & 6
Just started Vit B 12 & 6 and have more insomia and some restless leg at night. I am intrigued with this discussion - I started it for purposes of memory and mood; therefore will stick with it for a while longer. Like all medications and side effects, this may be an example of a medication, where the very thing it is meant to fix, it worsens. Likely not enough good evidence to support good, bad or neutral effects.
Saj wrote:
Feeling sleepy day time
I am having trouble to have a quality and deep sleep as i keep waking up in the night, although i sleep back but it does not restore my energy as i feel tired, fatigued and sleepy through out the day. Please help.
Mel wrote:
I have insomnia but found that the only medication that works safely is melatonin or L Theanine, both natural. Alternate each tablet every month. Excellent results
DesertGuy57 wrote:
Keep pounding away at the Internet and learn all you can. If daytime sleepiness persists it may be obstructive sleep apnea. Get a sleep study to find out for sure. Regular exercise helps for a variety of reasons. Good nutrition, contolling anxiety etc. Many conditions can contribute to poor sleep. Research!!!!
Jack wrote:
I have insomnia for years already. I went to a psychiatrist and prescribe with Clonazepam and risperidone but still I can\'t sleep. I\'ve also tried vit. B complex and melatonin but they are not working. I\'ve tried vitamins but it gets worse. I can\'t sleep the whole night and not feeling sleepy. Clonazepam sometimes work but it\'s not always working. What will I do? I feel like my life stop. I can\'t find work \'coz my body is feeling tired always and it\'s like there\'s something wrong with my stomach.
NIL wrote:
Full spectrum B vitamins hurt my sleep, even when taken in the morning. I believe I am allergic to some part of the process used to make the supplements.
Shamanist wrote:
Sleep Quality
B Complex and L Tyrosine improve the quality of my sleep when taken at bed time.

Melatonin helps to induce sleep, but then it causes me to sleep too much. Also, I don\'t feel refreshed from Melatonin induced sleep. However, it\'s useful to resetting circadian rhythms.

We all have different biochemistry, and what worked for me may not work for you.
Houston insomniac wrote:
Jack\'s comments on his insomnia-20-14-3
Talk to your PCP-primary care physician and ask him/her to recommend a great Neurologist,however, you also need to find a great Gastroenterologist to identify and address your stomach issues. Often,stomach problems can compromise your quality of sleep or lack thereof or vise versa. I was in your situation,unfortunately, too long.
Tobe Khazak wrote:
What kind of water do you drink. I find that if I completely avoid drinking the tap water in England and only drink bottled water I get insomnia. This may be because bottlerd water companies purify their product through a process of reverse osmosis. This way also delete essential minerals (ie calcium and magnesium), apart from harmful bacteria, necessary for inducing sleep
Mrs Parker wrote:
It was 2 years ago when i visited this thread. I am the one working overseas and still troubled by insomnia. I am exercising now - zumba, jog, run, and I guess it helps to relax your mind. Just do it 3x per week and 4 hours before bed time. In time our problem will be solved! Just believe it we can!!
Lousysleeper4years wrote:
I\'m 56 & have tried melatonin, B12, magnesium, various tonics with alcohol, etc. I can\'t seem to find any concrete remedies that work. The harder the physical work I do during the day the less I sleep at night. My muscles feel sore all the time & joint pain seems to migrate through my body. It sucks feeling like you\'re 90 when you\'re in your 50s.
Karen wrote:
GMOs & Insomnia
Cut out GMOs. I used to wake up @ 2:30-3am every night, it was my liver crying for help. Sugar,soy, corn, canola & all their code names & derivatives gave me stomach & sleep problems.

God bless! :)
I have been battling for 5 years or more with insomnia but trained myself to alternate a few natural sleep aids.I take Solgar L Theanine for a month while in lying bed,then magnesium citrate with some sugar free yogurt 5 mins before bed for the next month and then Solal Melatonin while in bed. This is how I have survived and it is manageable, Ones body build a dependency and therefore I rotate these.
meti wrote:

You may be vitamin D deficient and magnesium deficient if your muscles hurtthat much.
Jnm wrote:
For insomnia I would highly recommend getting cortisol levels checked via the saliva test. High cortisol is often the cause due to stress. Without getting tested you are basicslly shooting in the dark. If it is an adrenal issue sleep can be fixed by getting cortisol levels under control.

A cause of sensitivity to supplements can be a toxic liver which if addressed with herbs such as milk thistle or coffee enemas will lessen considerably.
Jess wrote:
Long term insomnia
Hi I\'m jess, I experienced insomnia since when I was in 3rd year high school and now I\'m 2nd year college I still sxpiriencing this. I can\'t fall asleep everyday and it makes me frustrating every morning.. I can sleep once in a week or twice a week but thats all.. I can\'t sleep continouosly as before.. What should I do? It is affecting my studies and my health also. What should I take ? Please help me.. Thanks
jay wrote:
I have 4 months of insomnia. Sometimes Im having a hard time falling to sleep and sometimes I woke up several times at night around 2 A.m. and can\'t be to sleep..this is my big problem. I am very tired going to work in a day and very sleepy. Can anybody help?
Kathleen wrote:
Sleeping Now Every Night
I had terrible insomnia but have been sleeping every night since I started this combination:

Sublingual B-12 tablet 500 mcg
Magnesium Citrate 400 mg
Potassium Citrate 99 mg
Multi-Vitamin without Iron
Vitamin D3
Calcium Citrate Calcium 400 mg, Vit D 500 iu
FJTB2000 wrote:
Possible Cure? Hopeful...
Having had insomnia for 17 years, I\'m finding some relief now that I\'m having my big meals at breakfast and at lunchtime. Dr Andrew Saul (search online) has written many books on health and I am impressed with his knowledge. One Takeaway is I now take niacin every day, on top of Vitamin C - D - E & much more. Always taking NIACIN after a big meal with plenty of cold water. Niacin can be painful with the flashing that it causes. Do not take non flush type, not the same. Flushing can be completely avoided by taking it after a meal and with COLD water -My last final straw is--- today I spent $700 on a device that helps cure insomnia, anxiety and depression - look it up. FDA approved since 1991 - its the Fisher Wallace Stimulator. I\'ll be receiving mine in a few days. I\'m trusting it will be the answer to this miserable chronic condition that has ravaged me for way too long. Lots of Dr endorsements and great patient reviews. Hopefully this helps others.
Bless wrote:
Those with Insomnia
People are suffering from insomnia due to so many reasons, lack of vitamins and minerals. But deficiency on a certain vitamin or mineral may not be the cause of insomnia. A person might have problem with his or her thyroid. Better to check it out through lab test. Or a person might have an unresolved issues in his/her life. It may also be hereditary.
Tanvir Alam wrote:
Insomnia since last 7 years
I have tried some medication for the same but nothing worked on me. Now my GP checked my thyriod and vitamins.
Found Vit D very low.Suggested to take Vit D. I am thinking to have some Magnesium also. Hope it will work on me.
Minha wrote:
Hope with Faith in still good doctors
Around the time I\'ve developed shingles I could not sleep naturally, at the beginning just not sleepy, later because of pain and itching. The doctor discovered all my problems such as stress, shingles and lack of sleep originated in my overactive thyroid. I\'ve never known I had such malady; doctors can\'t detect it so easily unless they do blood test on everything. I\'m recovering from shingles but still can\'t sleep. I have hope when I see the endocrinologist my thyroid will be under control and go back to my normal patterns of 7-8 daily hours of sleep. My family doctor said that I am very healthy, except for the stress due to overactive thyroid. I pray for all those who suffer of lack of sleep because it is the worse situation one can go through, I feel I\'m good for nothing without sleep.
Ruth wrote:
Try candida diet it helped me with insomnia
Suzanne wrote:
I can\'t really say that I\'m an insomniac. I often sleep too much, up to 10 hours a night. But I don\'t get to sleep until about 2-4am. I want to get back onto a better schedule of being able to go to bed at 10-11 and getting up at by 9 at the latest. But I haven\'t been able to do this. Right now it\'s 3am and I\'m wide awake. I think I\'ll try a potato and beans to see if that helps. I recently adopted a plant based diet because I\'m diabetic and have high cholesteral along with other health issues. Although I\'m not abounding with energy during the day, I\'m wondering if it\'s affecting my sleep. I\'m still learning what to eat and how to balance food to get the vitamins and minerals that my body needs. Good sleep to all.
nicey wrote:
For the passed 3 months have been having sleepless night. I have been taking sleeping pill but I need to get off them I need to sleep naturallyi did a blood test I found out that my body lack b12 vitamin have been taking the B12 injection once per week for the pass 4weeks still unable to sleep I an wondering if I could take the b complex and magnesium to sleep need some advise
Sherry wrote:
Vitamins for Insomnia
I\'m a 39 yr old woman who was 90 lbs overweight and struggled terribly with Insomnia and also constepation, galbladder problems. Here is what helped... (I\'ve lost 40lbs so far)

First and most important I relied on God to help me overcome and these are the things he lead me too...

~~Supplements... (I get most supplements on a website called Swanson\'s)
*1/2 Megafood woman\'s vitamin in morning (other half at diner)
Probiotics in morning along with tall glass of freshly filtered water
*mega b complex in morning
*black cohosh in morning
*miranga Oleifera in morning
*1/2 tsp liquid trace mineral every morning and sometimes with lunch (I notice I have a hard time falling asleep if I take trace minerals in evening time)
*St John\'s wart in morning (Notice this made me a little agitated at first but when it really kicked in I felt like I found the holy grail)
*transdermal magnesium in evening
*I used internal magnesium first and switch to transdermal
*New Chaper salmon oil morning, afternoon and evening is best
*Valerian root in evening
*Hops in evening
*Mega EPA/DHA in evening

Others things that contributed overcoming sleeping problems:

3-4 cups raw milk every day

I eat seeds of fruit that I consume on a daily basis... apples, apricots, ect.. (There is a necessary vitamin called b17 that can cause serious illness like cancer if you don\'t get it.

Raw honey with everything... apples, honey cinnamon milk, salads, in tea

Juicing raw fruits and vegies.. My favs... (apple) (celery, carrot,beet)

I go through Periods of time only consuming raw fruit & vegi Juice and raw milk... (never mix fruit and vegies together accept the apple can usually be mixed with vegi like cucumber and celery

For constepation... 2 tbsp every morning and sometimes evening of equal parts raw honey and raw vinager (find health store who sells raw vinagr in bulk with pour spout on bottom of container so you get all the good stuff at bottom)

I go through periods of time where I only eat lots of fruit and raw milk through out day and then eat a meal in evening...

I eat wild caught salmon as much as possible

With out fail I always start my day out with 3-six pieces of fruit in morning before eating anything else.. bananas, apples, pears, watermelon, cantalope... Then 3-6 tea bags of detox tea and 1/2 tsp of liquid trace minerals

Leafy green salad, raw cucmber speggi and steamed vegies everyday or at very least 4 times a week

Kale everyday, (in smoothie)

oatmeal with Celtic sea salt, raw honey, and raw milk

Celtic sea salt on everything (This salt contains a mineral brine that will make you feel great. I notice when I am not using it. ( conventional table salt is bad) ( God has a lot to say about salt as being a good thing. It is crucial to good health.

After I started feeling better and got to moving around more, I noticed I slept better when I stayed more active in the day

*For over a year I took milk thistle with everything I ate. (milk thistle made me a bit constapated at times but the raw honey/raw vinagar mixture helped
*For over a year I also took Stone free by planetary Herbals
* I currently only take milk thistle with dinner or a meal that has some fat in it like nuts or what not. I have to eat low fat meals because of my galbladder issue but even low fat can give me discomfort so I take about 13-15 175mg capsules with meal. My favorite place to eat when going out is Mongolian grill and ask the cook to remove any oil from grill. (The milk thistle brand I use is Spring Valley and I get it at Walmart. It is usually located on Bottom shelf
Sherry wrote:
Forgot to say
The brand of b complex I take is by megafood

I also take camomile in evening before bed
Sherry wrote:
Forgot to say
I take 500-1000 mg vitamin d3 unless Im drinking lots of raw milk which has sufficient vitamin d. ( I notice if I have too much vitamin d I get a bit irritable)
K Lee wrote:
I have suffered from insomnia for years. Benedryl works great with no drug hangover. I also will
carb down with yogurt and bran cereal at times during the night. Because of a shoulder injury a few years ago, I now sleep on my back with my heard elevated and I am sleeping on average 7 hours a night.
yawning wrote:
restless legs
For restless legs take magnesium and calcium to help absorb it this should help
Melissa wrote:
Insomnia b12 injection
I never had sleep issues then I received a b12 shot thinking it would help depression from an antibiotic side effect now I have had insomnia for 2 1/2 mnths. Has anyone recovered from insomnia caused by b12 injection? Insomnia is the worst especially for me who slept 10 hrs easy.
reysky wrote:
my problem is i can,t sleep well at night. i take vitamin centrum A to Z in the morning . is there a problem of taking medicine in the morning.? what will be the best to take medicine please help me.
brian wrote:
Not getting sleep
Depression andnot getting sleep at all at night
whocares wrote:
insomnia caz of my parents
long story short, my parents cause me to have insomnia, not gonna explain why. anyways i get insomnia on and off for the last 10 years or so. im male 26 oriental. i believe the best way to help with sleep is to have a min. of 20 minutes of sunlight, keep ur sleep schedule the same, no electronics 30 min b4 bed, meletonin really helps but its not so great in the long run, exercise in morning or afternoon is best, eat healthy, drink warm milk before bed, magnesium and calcium 200-400mg each (400mg of magnesium makes me go diarrhea everyday), bananas b4 bed helps, and being a happy person probably helps alot (i dont have depression but im rarely happy). i would get so mad and bang my head and scream really loud and cuss at god b/c of how bad my insomnia was, honestly i dont think there is a cure, only remedies. if yall find a solution lmk caz im dying here.
Justin wrote:
The body wants to repair itself
I\'ve had insomnia and a need for excessive sleep for nearly 6 months now, to an extent that I spend probably at least half my life in bed (awake or asleep).

I\'ve learned a lot about nutrition in the last 2 years. I believe nutrition (excluding things like stress [try mindfulness and meditation for that], imbalanced sleeping hours, etc) and heavy metals are the absolute main cause of insomnia. Heavy metals have many different functions in the body and can mess with your sleep if you have say a toxic level of one or more (some metals can be used by the body thinking it\'s another metal and cause chaos).

Then there\'s nutrients. Simply put, it\'s extremely complicated the way the body makes use of nutrients and almost impossible to isolate the cause of ailment/disease when you ingest - in the super high levels we do - unnatural things such as processed foods, added sugar, flour, wheat, artificial preservatives/colouring/flavouring, GMO\'s, synthetic chemical residues, etc. It\'s way beyond trying to find a needle in a haystack since the body is systemic.

Therefore if your ailment is affecting your life, the only solution is to eat natural foods. That starts with eliminating the bad things mentioned above. Finding where you draw the line beyond that is by listening to how your body reacts to food. Stomach ache/gas/bloating/any bad digestion feeling means to stop consuming that food all together (at least until you\'re healed). These pains are a simplified response of a complicated process by your body to tell you to stop eating the food that is causing the discomfort (since it is causing a disruption of flow within your body, e.g. preventing absorption of certain nurtrients or damaging the digestive system leading to poor absorption of nutrients, etc). Give it a few weeks to months before you expect to see results. If it\'s taking longer, look into heavy metal detox and juice fasting detox.

This applies to essentially all diseases and ailments and is the best and often the only way. Good luck, and spread the word when you\'re healed.
Justin wrote:

(continued...) Note that although I\'ve been eating healthy food for a good while now, I\'m not healed yet since I only just discovered that I\'ve been ignoring the digestive pains in my body likely caused by gluten or dairy for a number of months now. I\'m confident that I\'m now on my way to recovery.
Subhash wrote:
A piece of advice on insomnia
I have been suffering from insomnia for 7 years now year - I am a diabetic on tablets. Tried a lot of measures to improve on sleep except exercise because i could tolerate it.
I am now narrating one which has worked well to cure my insomnia 4 years back. take it or leave it.
I am overweight - 5ft 6 inches about 82 kg. Reading some article I started taking tablet Supradyn (multivitamin/Multi-mineral for about 7 months - didn't help much but continued)
Then I was required to take my son to a classes far off from my home for 4 hrs every once a week sunday only- would park my car in the compound after dropping him and to kill time (abt 3 hrs) I would go out for an 1 hr long slow paced walk and carry back about 20 kg vegetables and fruit from a wholesale market - it used to be very difficult and used to sweat a lot. After about once a week for about 5 months when I noticed my sleep improved dramatically - slept like a log after many years. My son classes were over and after 2-3 weeks insomnia returned. Meanwhile I stopped vitamins and insomnia is back. Last 2 months I am trying a biweekly walk but without vitamins but it still persists.
My conclusion is exercise (without overdoing it) plus vitamins should help unless there are other conditions which cause it.
John wrote:
Multivitamin causes sleep disorder
I was about to take multivitamin tablet at bedtime will cause sleeping disorders
Andre wrote:
B12 and B9
Folks do not take methylcobalamin (vitamin b12) without folate (vitamin b9) and avoid all foods that contain folic acid or it will compete for absorption.
Insomniac wrote:
did anyone get better until now?
Artificial supplement will have side effects, better to get vitamins naturally. But insomnia feels like a permanent condition. Doctors cant solve this. Did any of you find any solution that works?
Cait wrote:
Did you take your protocol all at once
To Kathleen who listed her protocol for sleep: Did you take all of the vitamins and minerals at once? And if so, did you take them in the morning or at night before bed? If you could list the brand as well that you use...Desperate for sleep and willing to try your protocol...thanks in advance...

Regarding Kathleen's protocol:

Sleeping Now Every Night
I had terrible insomnia but have been sleeping every night since I started this combination:

Sublingual B-12 tablet 500 mcg
Magnesium Citrate 400 mg
Potassium Citrate 99 mg
Multi-Vitamin without Iron
Vitamin D3
Calcium Citrate Calcium 400 mg, Vit D 500 iu

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