Tips for a Better Night’s Rest

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Are you experiencing symptoms of Vitamin B deficiency, such as tingling and burning sensations in your hands and feet?¹ Do they disturb your sleep and keep you up until the early hours? Read on to learn some tips and tricks about how you can sleep more comfortably at night while managing your symptoms of Vitamin B deficiency.

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Tips for a Better Night’s Rest

What is Vitamin B Deficiency? 1-3

Vitamin B has a crucial role in keeping you healthy and safe. If you don’t absorb enough Vitamin B, your body will not have the proper amount it needs to function properly. Vitamin B deficiency can occur when this happens, which can cause muscle weakness, dizziness, forgetfulness, and discomforts like pins and needles in your hands and feet. Vitamin B deficiency is easily misdiagnosed or overlooked, but it’s usually treatable, especially if it’s diagnosed early.  

What is the Relationship Between Vitamin B Deficiency and Sleep Disturbances? 4

Many of your body’s processes require Vitamin B to work optimally. This includes your body’s ability to provide you with an adequate amount of rest through sleep. Along with other vital vitamins, Vitamin B plays a role in how much sleep you get, including how restful and high-quality that sleep is.  

Vitamin B6 helps your body produce hormones like serotonin and melatonin, which are essential for sleep and mood regulation. There’s a strong connection between depression and sleep problems, so ensuring you have enough Vitamin B6 in your body to produce these hormones is very important. Vitamin B12 has a role in regulating your sleep-wake cycle by helping to keep your circadian rhythms in sync. Some studies have even shown a connection between low levels of Vitamin B12 and insomnia. 

Tips for Getting a Better Night’s Rest 5-7

If you have Vitamin B deficiency, you’ll likely benefit from taking a Vitamin B supplement to help with any associated sleeping difficulties. But there is so much more that you can do to help yourself get a good night’s rest. Here are some tips which you might find useful:  

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  • Limit or eliminate caffeine – drinking caffeine too close to bedtime can disrupt your sleep. 

  • Avoid nicotine – both short-term and long-term use of nicotine and/or smoking has been shown to disrupt sleep. 

  • Don’t drink alcohol too close to bedtime – while alcohol can make you feel tired at first, it can cause you to feel awake during the second half of the night. 

  • Exercise regularly – regular bouts of exercise can help improve your sleep. However, high-intensity exercise right before bed should be avoided. 

  • Manage your stress – stress is associated with having difficulty falling asleep and can even make it difficult for you to stay asleep. 

  • Set a regular sleep time – irregular sleep schedules are associated with poor sleep, so developing a schedule to help your body predict when it is supposed to sleep could be beneficial. Establishing a ritual that enables you to relax and prepares your body for bed (e.g., reading, a warm bath, etc.) is also helpful. 

  • Avoid daytime naps – while experts still disagree on this recommendation, some research findings suggest that daytime napping can negatively affect your sleep. If you must nap, try and limit it to 1 hour and not too close to your bedtime. 

  • Try to avoid blue light emitted from screens at least 2 hours before bed – blue lights from your TV, phone, or tablet stop your body from making the melatonin it needs to induce sleep. 

Establish a Relaxing and Comfortable Sleeping Environment: 67

  • Reduce bedroom noise and make your bedroom as quiet as possible. 

  • Sleep in a room that you can make as dark as possible. 

  • Keep your bedroom temperature a little on the cooler side. 

  • Try some relaxation techniques before bed (e.g., meditation). 

Still Struggling to Sleep at Night? See a Doctor 

Talk to your doctor if you’ve tried these methods and are still experiencing sleep difficulties, especially if you think your sleep issues may be due to Vitamin B deficiency. Your doctor can recommend specific measures to help you manage your Vitamin B status and target Vitamin B deficiency symptoms if you’re experiencing them. Implementing these measures will likely help you get a better night’s rest. 

In Short

Do you have Vitamin B deficiency symptoms that you think could be interfering with your sleep? You can take control of your sleep and implement some handy tips to help you get a better night’s rest. Follow your doctor’s advice and eat a balanced diet that includes sources of Vitamin B. You can also take an additional Vitamin B supplement if necessary. Add to this a good sleeping environment and routine, and you’ll be nodding off before you know it. 

If symptoms persist, consult your doctor

Talk to your doctor about the Vitamins B1+B6+B12 (NEUROBION®) formulation, dose and duration of treatment that is appropriate for you.

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