A Cure For Insomnia?


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I have battled insomnia for all of my life.  I got the double whammy in terms of insomnia, both the inability to fall asleep and the inability to stay asleep.  This results in me spending an extremely long time in bed just to get a decent amount of sleep and I never wake up feeling refreshed and full of energy.

Five years ago as part of another medical problem my smart doctor thought to ask about sleeping problems and gave me what I call my happy brain drugs (a low dose of tricyclic antidepressant). This drug tells my brain what is supposed to do with serotonin when it comes time to go to bed.  This has dropped how long it takes me to fall asleep from around 2 hours to about 30mins.  But still I have problems staying asleep.

Enter the unlikely hero – magnesium/calcium supplements.  I have done a lot of reading about insomnia and magnesium deficiency was one of the things that kept popping up as a cause of insomnia. Since it is likely that I do have a magnesium deficiency I decided to buy 15 tablets and give it a try.

This stuff is magical.  I stupidly took the first dose about 3 hours before my usual bedtime and within 30mins I was struggling to keep my eyes open, so now I take it just as I’m going to bed.  This gives me time to read before entering the land of nod. I find I am falling asleep easier and staying asleep for longer.  I still wake up during the night but now it is only once or twice rather than 5 or more times and I can fall back asleep.  For the first time ever, I’m waking up before my alarm and feeling like I have some energy.

I know that magnesium supplements won’t work for everyone with insomnia due to the many different things that causes it.  However, if you have tried all the other tricks, like I had and are still having problems, I would recommend giving the magnesium supplements a go.  The ones I take dissolve in water so tablets might have a different reaction time, so play around with the timing of taking it.  However, do not exceed the recommended dose.  Supplements, though they sound natural and safe, can have very bad consequences if you take more than the recommended dose.

If you do try the magnesium supplements, let me know how it goes.  I’m eager to know how effective they are beyond a sample size of 1.

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