Can B6 Keep Me Awake At Night?

3 Aug

Insomnia by Smiley Stew

Insomnia by Smiley Stew

 

People interested in their dreams have long noted the fascinating relationship between Vitamin B6 and dreams.

My own interest in dreams is no exception: one of the earliest blog posts I ever wrote about documented my dream reports after taking B6. It’s something that still intrigues the hell out of me to this day.

So why this all fascination with B6?

For one:

B6 is familiar. People aren’t scared to try it out of fear or unfamiliarity, such as that which might be felt in regard to experimenting with other dream potentiators, such as Calea Zacatechichi, African Dream Root, or galantamine.

Yet most importantly:

B6 works. And by that, I mean it tends to have a dramatic effect on the dreams of everyone who tries it. Whereas the aforementioned “dream herbs” are infamous for having mixed results, B6 tends to slam you over the head and take your dreaming mind for a little roller coaster ride! (For me, the dreams tend to always be so intense they become nightmares.)

However, surely knowing that B6 can effect your dreams, I recently had someone ask the question:

“Can B6 Keep Me Awake At Night?”

In my own experience, this has never been the case. Additionally, I have never heard of anyone having problems falling asleep after taking B6. I don’t think there’s any correlation between B6 and insomnia or any kind of sleep problems. I don’t see how it would act on the brain to keep you up.

But, since so many people out there reading this have experience dosing up with B6 to effect their dreamsĀ  it got me curious: do any of you have any experiences where B6 kept you awake at night?

Also see: insomnia tablets.
Please leave a comment below with your experiences taking B6 and if it had any effect on your ability to fall asleep or not fall asleep!

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9 Responses to “Can B6 Keep Me Awake At Night?”

  1. Joshua L August 3, 2010 at 3:19 pm #

    A close friend of mine and I have been kept awake by B6. This was only when we took “large” doses. For him, a large dose was 600mg, and for me it was 400mg (he is much bigger than me). In both cases, we took it just before going to bed.

    However, the experience was by no means unpleasant. Even though I was awake in bed for hours, I felt extremely relaxed. I was not restless at all. It felt great, as good as sleep. My friend’s experience was identical to mine, except that he had intense hypnagogia while lying in bed.

    On a side note, B6 never actually made my dreams more vivid, but it worked wonders for my friend.

  2. Kris August 3, 2010 at 3:35 pm #

    Based on the feedback I’ve received from other dreamers, I believe B6 causes this problem more often in people who are light sleepers. I’m an extremely light sleeper, and B6 will keep me awake at night if I take it immediately before going to bed. If I take it with supper or a few hours before going to sleep, it doesn’t usually cause the same problem. People who are deep sleepers seem to be able to take B6 at bedtime and experience few, if any, problems falling asleep or staying asleep.

  3. KMG August 4, 2010 at 6:20 am #

    I don’t recall any sleep problems. But I have had B6 toxicity. It can cause painful numbness and tingling (for me, it was in my toes) and it progresses to worse symptoms. So do be careful.
    http://www.merck.com/mmpe/sec01/ch004/ch004h.html

  4. Ben August 11, 2010 at 3:41 am #

    Fascinating guys!! Your responses are great.

    Josh that is pretty cool. Man, I wish I had a “dream buddy” to do live experiments with! Back in high school, I did. But that was more than a decade ago. ;)

    Kris I am really intrigued to hear that maybe it can keep some people awake at night. For me, this has never been the case. And strangely, I am a really light sleeper.

    KMG how did you get to the level of toxicity with B6? Would love to hear more about this. From my own research into toxic B6 levels, it seems one would have take a lot over an extended period of time. I wrote about this a bit more on my b6 dreams site here, but there’s not much info online that I could find as far as personal experiences of people doing this or why they did it.

  5. Joshua L August 12, 2010 at 5:52 pm #

    As I said above, B6 has never increased the vividness of my dreams. But lately it seems as though it is causing sleep paralysis. Just yesterday I took some B6 before a nap and had an SP/OBE. I wasn’t even trying any induction techniques. Has this happened to anyone else? I’ve also experienced the same thing with choline.

    Ben, I can’t find anything on your site about choline. Have you tried it? I highly recommend it. My first experience with it was my best lucid dream ever.

  6. Luke October 6, 2010 at 5:04 am #

    This post made is a few months old now, but anyway. I enjoy this site, and am happy I found it while scavenging for data.

    I can note I never had problems sleeping with B6 so far. Although it helps dreams a good deal, I screwed up last night, and it did shit all. My plan was to get up at around 3am-4am, take the B complex supplement, read a book for 20 min and then go back to bed. Dose was 200mg B6 and 200mcg of Choline Bitartrate (and other ‘B’s).
    I set my alarm, but work at 6am! I dont even remember turning it off, but I did. I decided to read the book and then take the B complex. Needless to say, did not notice an effect. I can say I believe this to be the time I took the supplement, and wont happen again.

    The night before I took the complex, had lots of dreams, two being very vivid. Second dream being vivid and beautiful. But I also took 4000mg of fish oil tablets, and the complex as soon as I went to sleep, but I did get up at 5am to read my book.

  7. Carmina February 17, 2011 at 6:17 am #

    Hello, I just took tonite 100mg vitamin B6 and I can not sleep. It is 1:30 am and I am here on the computer. It keep me relax but with insomnia.

  8. Nick February 26, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    First few nights of 100mg of vitamin B6 I could sleep great waking up more refreshed then ever and remembering my dreams in great detail. However, just like Carmina above now it prevents me from sleeping. I am not 100% sure but I think you depends on when you take the vitamin. The insomnia for me typicaly starts at 1-1:30 AM and lasts 2 hours and after then I fall asleep fine. I think if you eat the vitamin 2-3 hours before sleeping this should allow good time for digestion and some of the energizing effects would wear off.

  9. Tess June 20, 2011 at 3:11 am #

    I take L-tryptophan product with b6 in it and it helps me sleep. I’ve never tried b6 alone though, but I am fairly sure they would not put b6 with it if it keeps you awake. I know one thing…do not take a b complex too late in the day. You will surely be kept awake. It must be the one or more of the other B vitamins that keep one awake.

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