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Anyone Recover From Chronic Insomnia After Going gluten-free?


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#61 Kerri Krause

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 09:16 PM

I have been gluten free about a year and a half.  I noticed better sleep after only a week or so, but I may not have been eating much wheat prior to that for a while anyways.  When I'm diligent, I sleep like a baby, but every once in a while something sneaks up on me.  Tonight is was Johnny's seasoning salt, my husband used on the pork chops, apparently contains soy sauce powder....ugh!  My stomach hurts and I know what's coming with sleep for the next two days. 

 

Has anyone found any enzyme supplements that can be taken after the crime to help with at least the stomach upset?  Does it help with sleep afterward?

 

I'm going to try the B12's as well, but really intrigued by the enzyme idea....thanks in advance if anyone has any comment on that.


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Posted 23 February 2013 - 08:48 AM

The best thing I found to cure insomnia is vitamin B12. It makes total sense too, because B12 is vital for the production of serotonin and melatonin, amongst other things. These are critical for regulation of sleep/wake cycles, mood, energy production, and lots more. Also, those with Celiac Disease are very often deficient in B12, so there again it makes sense. I find I sleep quite well now, especially if I take the B12 about 30 minutes or so before I go to bed. The one I prefer is a 5mg methylcobalamin sublingual tablet made by Source Naturals.

Other nutrients are also helpful with sleep. For instance, magnesium is known as the calming mineral. And interestingly, people with Celiac Disease often have a deficiency of magnesium too. A co-enzyme B-complex can also be very helpful, as can a multivitamin/mineral, so I'd suggest these as well.

 

I agree. For me B12 injections CURE insomnia.


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Posted 23 February 2013 - 08:54 AM

I have been gluten free about a year and a half.  I noticed better sleep after only a week or so, but I may not have been eating much wheat prior to that for a while anyways.  When I'm diligent, I sleep like a baby, but every once in a while something sneaks up on me.  Tonight is was Johnny's seasoning salt, my husband used on the pork chops, apparently contains soy sauce powder....ugh!  My stomach hurts and I know what's coming with sleep for the next two days. 

 

Has anyone found any enzyme supplements that can be taken after the crime to help with at least the stomach upset?  Does it help with sleep afterward?

 

I'm going to try the B12's as well, but really intrigued by the enzyme idea....thanks in advance if anyone has any comment on that.

 

.You might want to try the allergen test I did the other day, mix some bakers yeast with some water in a cup and drink it. If you get a sore stomach it will explain the soy sauce and a lot of other things (Like an auto immune cycle due to Candida antibodies).


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Posted 05 April 2013 - 04:10 AM

My blood sugar went crazy after I went gluten free, and I was waking up every few hours due to that. I would keep a piece of fruit by my bed to eat and then I could fall back asleep. Going on a sugar control diet for a couple of months got my body back to regulating my sugar normally and my sleep is much better now.
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Posted 30 November 2013 - 07:32 AM

I wonder why so many people who can't have gluten have insomnia. My daughter has had severe debilitating insomnia for about 20 months. We have gone to so many specialists and no one has been able to help her. She went gluten free in October after finding out that she tested positive through Enterolab. We still haven't seen any improvement. She is on several supplements (B12, B6, zinc, b complex to name a few) and nothing is helping her.

It is so bad that I had to pull her out of school last fall and have been teaching her at home. It is even difficult for her to learn at home. She can never fall asleep before 3:00 and often not until 4 or 5. Then she wakes up pretty much every hour and can't get back to sleep. I let her stay in bed until 10:00 but she still isn't getting very much sleep. It is so difficult for her to get through the day.

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I am newly diagnosed. I suspect my daughter has it too. Her labs were normal, but she has other symptoms. Her upper endo is in January. Your daughter's sleep pattern sounds just like hers! Up every hour. They have done all kinds of testing and found nothing.


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Posted 30 November 2013 - 08:44 AM

I have been gluten free for 2.5 years and unfortunately my chronic debilitating insomnia has not improved whatsoever. :-(
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Posted 30 November 2013 - 10:22 AM

I still have Insomnia also.  I take medication to get about 4 hours every night.

 

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Posted 29 December 2013 - 09:26 AM

I'm still taking B12 shots. I just go and get one when I start waking up during the night or not falling asleep before 2am or so. That's still how I schedule the shots we don't even bother measuring the levels any more. I need one on average every three months to fall asleep properly. Vitamin D does similar things to B12, best to take both. About 7,000 IU of D3 a day is good.


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Posted 30 December 2013 - 10:42 AM

I can relate.  Sleep is so rare for me that when I actually do, it is like a miracle, like last night.  I would give almost anything to be able to sleep normally.  Didn't fall asleep during sleep study whatsoever.  Many nights drag on and on and on because I literally do not fall asleep.  However, I do take a rx drug once a week otherwise I could not stand it. 


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Posted 07 March 2014 - 05:38 PM

My insomnia got way better after removing gluten, but I still have a pretty hard time falling asleep. Some nights I will be EXHAUSTED, but I just can't get my head to calm down and I find myself staying up two or three hours later than I wanted. I used to take ambien every once in a while, but then I found out that it is really really bad for you! I had crazy withdraws. My mom got me this all-natural blend that works like gangbusters though. It's got valerian and hops and melatonin and a bunch of other natural crap in it that are supposed to help you sleep really well. I can never remember what it's called though, so I always have to have her get it for me LOL. 

 

MAN I wish I could remember the name, because it's really really good! I will have to ask her this weekend.


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Posted 08 March 2014 - 02:28 AM

I had horrible chronic insomnia for 20 years that HUGELY improved within two weeks of going gluten free. I'd been to many doctors about it, had a sleep study, tried prescription medications as well as herbal supplements, and basically tried everything else that anyone suggested to me. Nothing helped. It was so miserable and I could barely function. The sleep study found that I had a very few deep sleep waves even when I did fall asleep, but they couldn't figure out why. For lack of other explanations, they kept insisting that I must be having too much caffeine or alcohol that was keeping me awake - even when I'd had none whatsoever for months and had never been more than a light coffee of alcohol drinker anyhow! But the improvement after going gluten free was rapid, and now I have the occasional rough night, but it's nothing like it was before. My celiac tests were negative and I still don't have a clear diagnosis, so it's not entirely clear why being gluten free has had such a tremendous difference to my health in so many ways. But the sleep issue alone would be enough to keep me far away from gluten even if that were the only benefit. Finally having a cure for the chronic insomnia was life-changing. I hope that others suffering from this get relief soon.
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