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Vitamin supplements may be to blame for your insomnia

A recent article from CBS talks about various insomnia causes. They mention pets in bed as a cause of insomnia (we've written about that before) and that alcohol can be a sleep inhibitor as it delays REM sleep.

What really took us by surprise though, was the mention of specific vitamin supplements. We're often writing about the latest studies that recommend certain vitamins and nutrients to help cure your insomnia. This is the first time we've heard that they could be the cause of your insomnia.

Apparently, ginseng and vitamins B6 and B12 can cause difficulty sleeping - particularly if you take them just before bed, or even in the late afternoon. Unfortunately the article doesn't offer any further insight into why these particular vitamin supplements may result in sleeplessness, but it's something to consider if you're trying to work out the root cause of your insomnia.

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Last updated: May 18, 2010

This Article Was Written By

Martin Reed

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  • Grace Jetmundson
    April 9, 2014, 8:44 pm

    Get rid of clocks? I’m not retired. I have to work. Yes, get up early (before 5 AM) which means be in bed early (by 8:30 or 9 PM) which is hard to do. There is much to do between finishing work and getting home, tending to business, get something decent for supper (and make sure there’s something ready for tomorrows lunch), do dishes, get the news, do other “stuff” that desperately needs doing.

    Work has me running around on my feet all day. I’m exhausted after. This and the insomnia has been going on for quite a few years. I’m too broke to take any time off. I have tons of stress re finances and time. High blood pressure has been in the picture for awhile too. Now I’m concerned about my heart.

    If something works one night to help me sleep it is guaranteed it won’t work the next. This was my mother’s problem too – insomnia, high blood pressure, heart. And she died at 77. Medical doctors are useless. I’ve tried naturopathic ones but they have tried three times each to make me sleep. I don’t know where to turn.

    • Martin Reed
      April 9, 2014, 9:01 pm

      Hello Grace! I don’t believe I mentioned clocks in this post, but it is a good idea to either remove them from the bedroom, or, if you need one to wake up in the morning, turn it away from you so you can’t see the time. This small step can have a dramatic improvement on your sleep as it takes away our natural tendency to clock watch.