Some causative factors
- B vitamin deficiency
- Magnesium deficiency
- Toxic overload.
Promising nutritional research
A patient with severe sleep disturbance and treated with vitamin B12 experienced progressive improvement in his sleep disturbance. He was able to advance the timing of his sleep period for the first time in nearly 10 years and to follow a normal 24 hour sleep-wake regimen. Kamgar-Parsi B et al: Successful treatment of human non-24-hour sleep-wake syndrome. Sleep 6(3):257-64, 1983.
2 adolescent patients with persistent sleep-wake disorders experienced an immediate improvement after the administration of high doses of vitamin B12. Neither had shown any other laboratory or clinical evidence of B12 deficiency. Ohta T et al: Treatment of persistent sleep-wake schedule disorders in adolescents with methylcobalamin (vitamin B12). Sleep 14(5):414-8, 1991.
Information compiled by Linda Lazarides
Naturopathic Nutritionist, Author, Educator