Niacin a vitamin supplement can help with insomnia.

Insomnia is the most common sleep complaint in the U.S. It affects from 10% to 35% of people at least some of the time. The true rate depends upon how you define this disorder. Insomnia keeps people from sleeping well and feeling refreshed. This happens in the four different ways that follow:

1. Difficulty falling asleep
2. Difficulty staying asleep
3. Waking up too early
4. Poor quality of sleep

People with insomnia often feel tired and grumpy. They can have a hard time remembering things. It is also hard for them to focus on what they are doing. A lack of sleep can also affect how they function at work and while driving. Overall, it makes people frustrated when it comes to their sleep. Insomnia can be the only source of these problems. It can also be the result of another sleep disorder or medical problem.
Niacin is vitamin B-3, one of the water soluble B-complex vitamins. One of niacin’s unique properties is its ability to help you naturally relax and get to sleep more rapidly at night. And it is well established that niacin helps reduce harmful cholesterol levels in the bloodstream. Abram Hoffer, M.D., Ph.D. explains: “Niacin is one of the best substances for elevating high density lipoprotein cholesterol (the “good cholesterol) and so decreases the ratio of the total cholesterol over high density cholesterol.”

Another niacin feature is its ability to greatly reduce anxiety and depression. Yet another feature of niacin is that it dilates blood vessels and creates a sensation of warmth, called a “niacin flush.” This is often accompanied with a blushing of the skin. It is this “flush” or sensation of heat that indicates a temporary saturation of niacin.

Riboflavin (vitamin B2) is manufactured in the body by the intestinal flora and is easily absorbed, although very small quantities are stored, so there is a constant need for this vitamin.

It is required by the body to use oxygen and the metabolism of amino acids, fatty acids, and carbohydrates. Riboflavin is further needed to activate vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), helps to create niacin and assists the adrenal gland. It may be used for red blood cell formation, antibody production, cell respiration, and growth.

It eases watery eye fatigue and may be helpful in the prevention and treatment of cataracts. Vitamin B2 is required for the health of the mucus membranes in the digestive tract and helps with the absorption of iron and vitamin B6.

Although it is needed for periods of rapid growth, it is also needed when protein intake is high, and is most beneficial to the skin, hair and nails.

Valerian root is the only herb with some data to show that it helps treat insomnia. The long-term effects of herbs have not been properly studied. It is unclear what may happen if they are used for more than two weeks. The use of herbs also has the potential to cause bad side effects. Herbs may interact with other medicines or with other herbs

Since niacin helps with sleep, you should try a vitamin that has extra Vitamin B complex.

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