Can anemia cause sleep problems?

What if your insomnia is a physiological problem instead of an emotional concern? What if you're chronic insomnia is correlated to your irregular diet?

Anemia is not related to iron deficiency only but its co-factors such as Vitamin B12, Folate or even Vitamin C. Iron blood levels also change depending on age, sex or injuries. Anemia is associated with poorer sleep in children, loss of iron in the blood due to heavy menstruation or pregnancy in women and compound fracture of a major bone or surgery are associated with significant blood loss.

The inability to sleep well is characterized by the inability to fall asleep, frequently waking up during the night, having dreamful sleep, having very superficial sleep and waking up exhausted. These are similar to the anemia's symptoms: persistent fatigue, breathlessness, rapid heart rate, pale skin.

Chinese Medicine ALWAYS has related insomnia with the heart and results from the lack of nourishment of the heart blood not anchoring the spirit and not letting the mind rest. This means that Insomnia can be a Blood Deficiency, treatable beyond your worries or concerns with a balanced diet which includes foods rich in Iron, Vitamin B12, Folate and Vitamin C.

Unfortunately there is no any edible food with iron, B12, Folate and Vitamin C all combined together. However there are foods with iron, B12 and folate all together (NOTE: it's incredible how nature gives you what you need all at once in one food ).

- dark-green leafy vegetables, such as watercress and curly kale.
- iron-fortified cereals or bread.
- brown rice.
- pulses and beans.
- nuts and seeds.
- white and red meat.
- fish.
- tofu.

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