I found myself yawning in the mid afternoon and craving a strong cup of coffee.
Caffeine is a sleep disruptor so I didn't want to try a cup and opted for decaf tea instead but I still felt weary...
We had been sleeping in a double bed while renovations were being made in our master bedroom so I considered that it may have been the size of the bed but now I am not sure that's true.
I have been quite busy researching sleep, what constitutes a good night sleep, the amount of sleep we need, things that contribute to a poor nights sleep, over the counter sleep aids and their effectiveness and side effects.
What started out as a simple question in my mind turned into hours of online study...it was as if I had fallen down a rabbit hole!
Several readers commented on the use of magnesium supplements to help with sleep, so I looked into that on The Mayo Clinic site. It turns out that I may have a magnesium deficiency...many of the issues associated with a deficiency are things that I have been recently experiencing...
numbness, dizziness, poor sleep, heartburn, irregular heartbeats, muscle spasms, and fatigue.
Magnesium is found in avocados, leafy greens, beans and legumes, whole grains, bananas, almonds, cashew, hazelnuts, popcorn, peanuts, oats, cocoa, dark chocolate seeds - pumpkin, chia, sunflower.
I do not regularly eat nuts, avocados, or chocolate...as they are high in WW points.
Leafy greens of all sorts in salads, various beans, and bananas are consumed frequently.
I have oats in the fall and winter for breakfast but not every morning...
this is a habit I may need to change!
According to one site I checked out approximately 75% of people are deficient in magnesium!
Will follow up with my doctor and have an appointment booked.
I have started taking a pill with my dinner and my FitBit has already registered the imrpovements.
REM is twice what it has been previously and the DEEP sleep is much longer.
I woke up fewer times and feel much better when I wake up in the mornings.
The pharmacist mentioned that many people are experiencing better sleep when they take this supplement. She handed me a pamphlet with a lot of information about magnesium which she encouraged me to read.
After I finished reading about the benefits of the supplement,
I decided to give it a try
she suggested this gentle 200mg dose.
The cost was under $30 for a 4 month supply.
My husband is trying it out too.
I found a new body lotion at the pharmacy...
it absorbs into my skin quickly after my shower.
I have shared this information as it is helping me sleep better...
I suggest that you check with your physician before trying this supplement.
If you are deficient, a simple blood test can test for the level.
Wishing you a lovely week.
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