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Somnolin sleep question

Hi Jeff,

Thanks for the info on the sleep/insulin studies.  I had heard about some of them.  Good to see the actual test results.

I wanted to respond to the following:

For others, insomnia is a monster that’s hard to tame.

There are a number of natural sleep-aids that can help ease you into slumber without worrying about waking up with a brain fog hangover from prescription drugs.

I  recommend five natural sleep-inducers: L-tryptophan, melatonin, valerian root, L-theanine and kava. A very helpful supplement for support for restful sleep & relaxation is Somnolin by Metagenics. Order @

As someone who has long suffered from the untamable monster,  I would like to add that a good relaxing organic herbal tea with chamomile etc. and a soak in a hot tub are also wonderful natural aids for calming the mind and body prior to attempting sleep.  

Could you kindly clarify why you recommend Somnolin for insomniacs?  Here is the list of its ingredients from your meta-ehealth website:
Two tablets supply:
Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine HCl)     40 mg
Folate (as L-5-methyl tetrahydrofolate†)     400 mcg
Vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin)     500 mcg
L-5-Hydroxytryptophan (L-5-HTP from Griffonia simplicifolia)     200 mg
L-Theanine     200 mg
Other Ingredients: Microcrystalline cellulose, cellulose, stearic acid, croscarmellose sodium, and silica.


Somnolin has significant amounts of B12 and B6.  According to everything I have read, the last supplements an insomniac should be taking before bed are B6 and especially B12.  They will energize you, not relax you!  I am confused why they are recommended and even why they are in the formula.


Somnolin supports balanced levels of the neurotransmitters GABA, serotonin, and dopamine with the 5-HTP & theanine which help with sleep.

Theanine may influence the generation of alpha brain waves associated with a deep state of relaxation.
I think you might be relating B12 shots with suppling energy to the body. B12 injections help people feel less fatique but do not interfere with sleep. Other B vitamins act like enzymes – they make reactions occur in the body. Research suggests that L-5-MTHF (active folate) may cross the blood brain barrier helping to influence the other substances.
Griffonia simplicifolia is an herb that provides the 5 HTP.