Over-the-counter sleep medications such as Sleep-Eze are intended for occasional sleeplessness. They contain chemicals (such as Diphenhydramine Hcl) that can make you too drowsy to function properly and that can be fatal when combined with certain prescription medications, alcohol, or when taken in excess. A good magnesium supplement can be used to treat insomnia. Magnesium is a mineral that supports muscle and heart function but can also ease anxiety.
Citrates are extremely well-tolerated and well-absorbed in the body so Magnesium Citrate is most people’s preference, anywhere from 150 – 400 mg before bed. Be warned! Some of the side effects of Magnesium Citrate include diarrhea, abdominal discomfort, bloating, and nausea. It can also interfere with medications you’re taking.
I had been using over-the-counter sleep aids for years. I would turn to them whenever I would go 4+ days without really sleeping. Lack of sleep can cause irritability, slow motor skills, lack of concentration, migraines… it’s just not a good feeling. I gave
Magnesium Citrate a try and experienced almost the same effect I get when taking sleeping pills. It did not make me drowsy 15 minutes after taking it, like sleeping pills do, but I slept peacefully through the night and felt groggy in the morning. I also felt a little nauseous for a good few hours. Everyone’s body reacts to things differently. If you’re looking for a more natural way to treat insomnia, magnesium supplements are worth checking out.
Magnesium is also believed to:
-Aid in fighting depression
-Reduce food cravings
-Relieve restless leg syndrome
-Treat high blood pressure -Help prevent kidney stones and gallstones
-Keep teeth healthy
-Help reduce stress
Me, personally, I’ll probably stick to the simple comforts… chamomile tea, a hot shower, scented candles, a good book… Not everything “natural” feels as such.