Who has experiences using Biotin as a sleep aid? If I go to bed a nine PM I usually wake up at 3-4am ready for my day, causing me to feel tired and unrest-ed throughout the day.
I decided to try supplemental Biotin (at the recommendation of a Paleo buddy who eats a lot of under cooked or raw eggs, which can cause a Biotin deficiency) since it seems to be a key player in so many systems in the body.
To my surprise I am able sleep for 9 hours solid when taken 1-4 hours before bed. Anybody else had this experience on Biotin?
asked byCory151 (1677)
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on October 25, 2012
at 02:29 AM
Interesting, I'll go through stretches where I'll wake up early like that, too. Hadn't thought of biotin as a factor, although I typically eat plenty of cooked eggs.
Here's a related source supporting your experience.
Vitamin H is also sometimes known as biotin. It helps regulate and control energy production in your cells and is partially responsible for the bodily function that turns consumed food into energy. Deficiencies of vitamin H may result in insomnia symptoms, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, including difficulty falling asleep or constantly waking up in the middle of the night. The vitamin is naturally found in cooked eggs, various kinds of nuts and whole grains.
on October 19, 2016
at 09:57 AM
I too experienced a type of sleepiness after taking biotin for the first time last night, as a single supplement on an empty stomach, at 1,000ug (not mgs!..ugs = mcg).
I recognise your post is from 2012, but you did not seem to get anyone to agree with you, and people use the notice boards to search archive discussions. So here goes.
If you are still a member here, hello, to the poster. But perhaps some other user may like to read by dimes worth.
I have been experimenting with individual B vitamins, (as distinct from a combined "complete" B vit formulation which as all of them in a single tablet). This was due to taking a strong "complete b vit" tablet which left me feeling off-colour, woozey (is there such a word?), and fatigued. I took the complete b vit tabs in the morning but then gave up on using them.
I then came across websites talking of Dr Abram Hoffers use of high dose niacin to sedate people who were florid with mania or scizophrenia symptoms. Not that I am either of those, but I was curious. Yes, for me, a single tablet of niacin at 100mg taken before bed on an emptish stomach gave me an excellent sleep, and lingered on into the next day. Okay, step one. Not got to biotin yet.
I am a low grade depressive, not severe, and experimented with tyrosine, siberian ginseng (korean is too reactive for me) and rhodiola rosea, in combination. This gave me a zing, if taken am on an empty stomach, an hour or so before food, and avoiding defecation soon after that (or the tablets then pass to far down your gut to do anything of use, following your poo down the tube!).
Got through a lot of tablets, Also sometimes added glutamine and carnitine. This was getting expensive, so tried N-acetly Cysteine on its own, said to be a good mood stabilizer for people with depressive moods, if you are stuck on the depressed side of manic depression...which I seem to be. Tried 600mg with a little carbohydrate to eat (bread, rice). B12 seemed to help too, as it has something to do with making dopamine.
Initially for 3 hours, or so, this sedated me, and then a warm uplifting mood permiated my body, my head a bit fuzzy, but clear, calm and interested in things around me. So a bit fuzzy but definitely a good mood...and this helped me get off the other tablets, and was cheaper.
I then recalled that complete b vits made me drowsy,and so thought...ah! was it the niacin in complete vits, and read that b5 has a similar action to acetyl cystine (it does). Raised glutathione. So tried b5. It worked similar to acetyl cysteine, but my head was a bit more like cotton wool inside.
So since then I have tried out nearly all the b vits as single items at stronger (but not dangerous) dosages. You have to be particularly cautious with b6 however.
Yesterday I tried out biotin, and it seemed to act as a delicious body relaxant, lasted a shorter time to niacin, maybe 4 hours and promptly sent me to sleep, and was very nice....
Some people apparently cannot tolerate folic acid, and must avoid it,due to a fault in the MTHRF gene (yes it sounds like a swear word!). They cannot make the enzyme to clear the folic acid. So go cautiously out there, do your own research. This is not medical advice and I am not medically trained, so dont blame me. The responsibility is yours. You asked the question. It is just my subjective experience.
Oh yes, additionally b5, and b6 seem to act as decongestants/mucus thinners for me, and as I have a sinus problem that's a plus to discover.
A strong single dose in the morning of riboflavin (100 mg) left me confused and irratible with a very short fuse indeed.
My impression is B vits are advertised as producing "energy" and helping with stress. To me all of them are sedating, except b12. I would not usually take excess b vitamins now, except for specific purposes (niacin as sedating, biotin as a relaxant), and only take them in the evenings, except for b12 and folic acid.
Eat a lot of meat and you are getting all the b vitamins and iron anyhow.
on October 24, 2012
at 07:18 PM
When my hair was falling out I took megadoses of biotin and it worked! I don't remember about the sleep.
I have a question though - is there a way to get more biotin the natural way, without the pills? Is there anything that prevents biotin from getting absorbed?