I’ve blogged before about my problems with insomnia. I was staying awake so many nights that I was tempted to consult the Guinness Book of Records to see if I could qualify for some kind of record. I was doing all the right things like consulting with my doctor, not eating a big meal too late in the evening, no liquids after 6pm, and going to bed and waking up at the same time. Nothing was working on a consistent basis.
Now, that I have discovered that magnesium helps me relax and unwind after a stressful day, I am sleeping better and waking up more refreshed.
Magnesium can help women with arthritis or fibromyalgia to sleep more pain-free, and as a bonus, helps correct constipation.
You might be asking why you can’t just eat foods high in magnesium instead of taking a supplement. Delicious foods such as fish, nuts, beans, leafy greens, yogurt, bananas, and dark chocolate contain high amounts of magnesium but modern methods of processing food strip a good portion of the nutrients out. Too bad, I was really jumping for joy about the dark chocolate!
Choosing the right supplement will involve trial and error, but one tip I can offer is to avoid magnesium oxide because it is not well-absorbed by the body. Start with a low dose and work your way up until you achieve the desired results.
You can use other forms of magnesium if you don’t want to swallow a pill. Natural Calm combines calcium and magnesium in powder form that can be mixed into a glass of hot or cold water.
If you enjoy a relaxing soak in the tub, sprinkle in some Epsom Salts, and let the magnesium soak through the skin. Pure magnesium oil can be rubbed or sprayed on the skin as a moisturizer.
How do you deal with insomnia?