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Re: just discovered vitamin E--get better sleep

Posted by Lao Tzu on June 30, 2011, at 15:34:05

In reply to Re: just discovered vitamin E)))nocturnal nocturnal1, posted by larryhoover on June 2, 2011, at 11:22:44

Getting enough good sleep is complex. Try and cut down on the caffeine. Some people are especially sensitive to it. Cut down on alcoholic beverages. I say that certain vitamins are absolutely essential for good sleep. I have schizophrenia and the worst thing about it was my sleep. I used to have terrible insomnia. Using an antipsychotic medication helped a lot to calm the dopamine. But you also have to balance your brain biochemistry with nutrients. Medicine alone didn't work for me. Yes, melatonin can help, but usually that isn't the sole answer. Other nutrients are needed in sufficient quantities. Vitamin E 400IU is one of them. Others are vitamins B1, B2, B6, selenium, magnesium and calcium in sufficient amounts. You have to experiment with the last two to find the right dosage that helps you with sleep. Zinc supplements kept me awake at night. Niacin didn't help much, in fact, it may have caused restless sleep. So there are certain vitamins that are beneficial to sleep (the ones I mentioned) and others that can interfere with it. So far, this is the regimen I use at night for sleep, and I swear it works.

400IU vitamin E
100mcg of selenium-yeast
100mg of B1
50mg of B2
1mg of melatonin
500mg of magnesium
500mg of calcium

It might be a good idea to get some B6 during the day as well, but be careful not to take too much B6 before bed as it could potentially interfere with sleep. I don't have this problem with B1 and B2 as long as the dosage is not too high.





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