Garcinia Cambogia supplements have gained popularity in the meal supplement industry over the past couple of years.
There have been many benefits associated with this fruit and one in particular is its ability to help people lose weight. It is high in Hydroxycitric Acid (HCA, a chemical that raises serotonin, which suppresses appetite and increases exercise endurance.
Many of the claims made about Garcinia Cambogia are not all backed by science, one of which being if taking Garcinia Cambogia before bed leads to insomnia or lack of sleep.
What is Garcinia Cambogia?
It is a fruit native to Indonesia, but can also be found in places like Sri Lanka and Malaysia. Other terms used for this exotic fruit are: Brindal Berry, Kokum, Tamarind, and butter oil tree to name a few. The plant is shaped like a partitioned pumpkin and is usually green, yellow, or red.
The colors can vary substantially based on its cultivation. When the rinds are dried and cured in order to prepare them for storage and extraction, they are dark brown or black in color.
Garcinia Cambogia Does it Work?
It is well accomplished in its ability to convert food into energy instead of fat. This is beneficial not only for weight loss but for energy, when used accordingly, brings tremendous results.
This energy can be used to exercise, make us more active, and less inclined to binge eat. Some of the benefits include:
- Garcinia Cambogia reduces your appetite – the less appetite you have, the less you are likely to eat
- Garcinia Cambogia decreases your insulin level
- Garcinia Cambogia increases black fat production
- Garcinia Cambogia reduces belly fat – due to its high HCA levels
Dangers and side effects of Garcinia Cambogia
Some of the side effects include:
- Garcinia Cambogia can be unsafe when taken by mouth
- Garcinia Cambogia can cause nausea
- Garcinia Cambogia can cause terrible headaches
- There have been some reports of Garcinia Cambogia causing liver problems
- Hydroxycitric acid can cause dry mouth, nausea, gastrointestinal discomfort, and minor headaches
Although Garcinia Cambogia has not been linked to liver problems scientifically, liver problems have been reported.
Does Garcinia Cambogia Cause Lack of Sleep if Taken Before Bed?
eHealthME did a study on September 13, 2018 with people taking Garcinia Cambogia before bed. The findings showed that only 0.47% of the population reported wakefulness or having trouble sleeping.
While 215 people reported other Garcinia Cambogia side effects, only one reported wakefulness or lack of sleep.
A quick answer to the question of whether or not Garcinia Cambogia causes insomnia is no. One may wonder why 0.475 percent of people reported lack of sleep, however.
A typical answer may be that our bodies react differently to different things. That is why some people are lactose intolerant, or others have allergies to nuts while someone else is okay eating nuts.
That means that, the problem may not be with the food itself but something in our bodies that rejects what’s being put in.
On some Amazon reviews on the product, most people reported successful weight loss, but less than 2 people reported having trouble sleeping.
There has been lack of evidence to suggest that this fruit could be related to insomnia or cause trouble sleeping.
Warning signs to look out for
There have been a few warnings with regard to this product in the market. Due to its popularity and high demand, most competitors will try to be as creative as possible to sell “the best” product.
Luckily there is a list of FDA approved Garcinia products.
A supplier may use artificial colours to appear more attractive and appealing on the shelf. Read the label and be on the lookout for words such as Trisodium, sulfonatophenyl, and sulfonatophenylazo, to name a few.
If you are having trouble sleeping, try staying away from drinks high in caffeine, such as coffee or some teas. If you do decide to enjoy a cup of coffee, avoid drinking it close to your bedtime and try limit your daily intake.
What to Do if you Suffer from Insomnia?
Insomnia as defined by the Oxford dictionary in 2016, as the inability to sleep or habitual sleeplessness.
Insomnia is your brain’s inability to go to sleep or to retain a sleep cycle. Most people who suffer from insomnia just can’t stop being awake even though they feel tired after a long days work.
Garcinia Cambogia may not be the cause for your lack of sleep, but it is not the cure either. Instead, try the following:
- Keep a schedule of your sleep and develop a pattern
- Go to bed and wake up at the same time for a period of time to develop a sleep cycle
- Avoid sleeping in the afternoon, even if you have nothing to do
- Determine what’s keeping you awake. This could be stress, worry, anxiety, money, or any other life problems that we encounter
- Seek professional help. The sleep organisation has listed a few medical reasons why one would have insomnia: Nasal/sinus allergies, gastrointestinal problems such as reflux, arthritis, asthma, Parkinson’s disease, and low back pain, to name a few.
- You could be suffering from depression
- It could be hereditary
It is evident that lack of sleep or wakefulness is caused by many other things and not Garcinia Cambogia.
When using something new to the market, always do ample research and get a second opinion if you can whenever a doctor prescribes something new.
The product is mainly used for weight loss. If you find yourself not losing weight and having trouble sleeping, then it could have the wrong mix of ingredients, which could be detrimental to your health.
Try using this product in a pure state and avoid one with heavy colourings and too many ingredients. The product should contain at least 50% HCA, which is what makes it effective in achieving weight loss and boosting energy. If wakefulness still persists, then go seek professional help as urgently as possible.
Diana Paul is a certified nutritionist who writes for leading health blogs. She is a master herbalist, yoga teacher, forager, and wild-crafting writer She is focused on helping people transform life blocks to opportunities. Based in NYC, she often holds health seminars and lectures.