Omega 3 And Insomnia
I am new to the Bulletproof diet; I just started it right after Thanksgiving, along with my wife. We bought most of the supplements Dave recommends, but we bought fish oil instead of krill due to my wifeâ€™s inability to swallow pills.
I was taking a serving of fish oil daily, with no problems up until 12/22, which is when I started to develop insomnia. I took an additional serving of fish oil that day because I had eaten a number of almonds and wanted more omega 3 oil to offset the additional omega 6. That night, I couldnâ€™t fall asleep, and when I did finally fall asleep, it was a very light sleep, never reaching a deep sleep. I mistakenly took another dose of fish oil in the morning and again had insomnia that next night. Recognizing what was happening, I stopped the fish oil on the 24th and immediately experienced an easier time falling asleep and deeper, more restorative sleep.
I first linked omega 3 oils to insomnia between 2007 and 2009 when I discovered the work of Brian Peskin (http://www.brianpeskin.com) Peskin states one should avoid fish oil, but supplement with organic, raw plant based â€œparentâ€ essential oils in a ratio of roughly 1:3 (Î©3:Î©6). I followed Peskinâ€™s advice, combining different plant based oils, such as hemp, chia seed, and flax oil, taking them in the ratio he recommended. I donâ€™t remember how long it took to develop, but I while taking these oils, I experienced the worst insomnia of my life. I would lay in bed at night and just sit there, tossing and turning, never falling into a deep, restorative sleep. It was at this time that I started drinking coffee regularly, just to get through the day. I think there were some other supplements Peskin recommended that I started taking at the same time, so it took me a while to link the insomnia to the oils.
I emailed Peskin and his only advice was to take his brand of PEOâ€™s that he sells, of course, because â€œnobody experienced insomniaâ€ on his shit. So I started searching â€œomega 3 and insomniaâ€ or something similar to that on Google, which is when I found the work of Ray Peat (http://raypeat.com). Ray believes ALL polyunsaturated oils should be avoided, including fish oil. â€œThe food-derived polyunsaturated fatty acids play important roles in the development of all of the problems associated with aging--reduced immunity, insomniaâ€¦â€ Ray Peat recommends only consuming coconut oil, olive oil, butter and MCT oil, quite similar to Dave.
I have noticed that it usually takes between a couple days, up to over a month of omega 3 supplementation to where I start to develop insomnia. It happens with both animal based and plant based oils. I have taken krill oil in the past, and I believe krill caused the insomnia as well. I have yet to hear of anyone with the same experience with omega 3 oils and insomnia as myself. How essential are â€œessentialâ€ fatty acids if they cause extreme insomnia? Iâ€™m interested if anyone else here has had a similar experience to mine.