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Magnesium and Sleep Disturbance

Published on December 8, 2009

With 25% of the U.S. Population Suffering Side Effects from Sleep Medications, Effective Natural Remedies are Needed.

Over half the people in the U.S. have some form of insomnia. Most sleeping pills, especially when taken over long periods of time, stay in the bloodstream, giving a hangover the next day and beyond, and impair memory and performance on the job and at home. From a nutritional perspective, several research studies have shown certain minerals to be effective alternatives to help people fall asleep and stay asleep through the night.

Glendale, CA (PRWEB) August 15, 2006 — Sleeplessness is a big problem in America. According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), almost six out of ten Americans report having insomnia at least a few nights weekly. Insomnia is defined as “An inability to fall asleep or remain asleep long enough to feel rested, especially when the problem continues over time.” In an effort to combat this, as many as 25 percent of the people in the United States use medications to help them sleep.

The use of prescription sleeping drugs, such as Ambien, Lunesta and Sonata, has been steadily increasing. Global sales for all sleeping pills, called hypnotics, will top $5 billion in the next several years. Most sleeping pills, especially when taken over long periods of time, stay in the bloodstream, giving a hangover the next day and beyond, and impair memory and performance on the job and at home.

From a nutritional perspective, several research studies have shown certain minerals to be effective alternatives to help people fall asleep and stay asleep through the night. James F. Balch, M.D., author of “Prescription for Nutritional Healing”, writes: “A lack of the nutrients calcium and magnesium will cause you to wake up after a few hours and not be able to return to sleep.”

The pioneering nutritionist Adelle Davis discusses natural sleep remedies in her book “Let’s Get Well.” She says: “A calcium deficiency often shows itself by insomnia, another form of an inability to relax. The harm done by sleeping tablets, to say nothing of the billions of dollars spent on them, could largely be avoided if the calcium intake were adequate.”

A relatively new form of calcium — calcium lactate gluconate — is emerging as a popular choice for fortifying beverages (such as orange juice and sports drinks), because of its ability to dissolve readily in any temperature of liquid — cold or hot. Natural remedies for sleep, such as Sleep Minerals from Nutrition Breakthroughs, have also begun to include this highly absorbable form of calcium.

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Calcium works best when it’s balanced with magnesium. According to Adelle Davis, “The magnesium intake should be approximately half that of calcium. Hundreds of recent studies indicate that almost everyone, especially ill persons, is deficient in magnesium. Probably no other single deficiency is so responsible for the widespread use of tranquilizers.” However, all the forms of magnesium available on the market are not equally effective.

In one study from the journal “Magnesium Research,” four different forms of magnesium were compared and they found a significantly higher availability and absorption from magnesium chloride. In another research study of more than 200 patients, Dr. W. Davis used magnesium chloride as a possible means of combating insomnia. He reported that sleep was induced rapidly, was uninterrupted, and waking tiredness disappeared in 99 percent of the patients. Another benefit was that anxiety and tension were diminished during the day. (W. Davis and F. Ziady, “The Role of Magnesium in Sleep,” Montreal Symposium).

Jobee Knight, a nutritional researcher and founder of Nutrition Breakthroughs in Glendale, CA., is someone who fought her own battle against sleeplessness and insomnia. She decided to put her background to use by searching out effective natural ingredients for relaxation and deep sleep. The result was Sleep Minerals, a unique blend of calcium lactate gluconate and magnesium chloride.

Knight says: “Besides finding ingredients that actually worked, it was also important to me that the product was easy to use and fast to absorb. For these reasons, I selected magnesium chloride and calcium lactate gluconate as they both instantly dissolve in cool water. With other mineral supplements for sleep, it’s necessary to boil the water in order for the ingredients to dissolve.”

Ron Hartwell of Los Angeles, CA. teaches at a private school and also owns the Math Doctor Tutoring Service. Between getting up at 5:00 a.m. for class and then tutoring late into the night, he was finding it hard to sleep. After trying many different remedies, a friend gave him some Sleep Minerals. Hartwell says: “Sleep Minerals improves the quality and soundness of my sleep. My sleep is not as light or easily interrupted as it was before. It’s deeper. I feel more rested with the same amount of hours of sleep — and with my schedule, this is definitely a benefit.”

Besides soothing you to sleep, it’s been discovered that a wide array of health benefits also result from taking calcium. Recent studies have shown calcium helps to lower blood pressure, alleviate symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, strengthen bones, and protect against colon cancer. In addition, magnesium chloride has been shown to provide improved digestion, a stronger immune system, calmer nervous system, lower blood sugar levels, and stronger nails and hair.

So get ready to receive many health benefits while you fight the battle against insomnia and come out the winner.

For more information visit http://www.NutritionBreakthroughs.com, call 866-635-9539, or write to Nutrition Breakthroughs at 1413 Fifth St., Suite D, Glendale, CA. 91201.

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Jobee Knight, Nutrition Breakthroughs
Phone: 818-956-6612 or 866-635-9539
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Americans are popping sleeping pills at a rapid rate, thanks to heavy marketing by the drug companies and a belief that a new generation of sleeping pills is safer than its predecessors, which is not true.

Drug makers spent $298 million in the first 11 months of 2005 to convince consumers that the sleep aids are safe and effective. That was more than four times such ad spending in all of 2004.

According to the National Sleep Foundation: Approximately 70 million people in the United States are affected by a sleep problem. Approximately 12 million Americans have restless legs syndrome, a sleep and movement disorder characterized by unpleasant (tingling, crawling, creeping and/or pulling) feelings in the legs, which cause an urge to move in order to relieve the symptoms.

Magnesium supplements may be helpful for relieving restless leg syndrome (RLS) and for treating insomnia.

About 42 million sleeping pill prescriptions were filled in 2005, according to the research company IMS Health, up nearly 60 percent since 2000. Ten percent of Americans report that they regularly struggle to fall asleep or to stay asleep throughout the night.

As many as 47 million adults may be putting themselves at risk for injury, health and behavior problems because they aren’t meeting their minimum sleep need in order to be fully alert the next day. And, sleep deprivation and sleep disorders are estimated to cost Americans over $100 billion annually.[1]

The newest generation of sleep aids can sometimes cause strange side effects including sleepwalking and short-term amnesia.

The Times reported that Steven Wells, a lawyer in Buffalo, said he started using Ambien last year because his racing mind kept him awake at night. He quit using the drug in one month, after becoming concerned about several episodes in which he woke up to find he had messily raided the refrigerator and, an incident in which he tore a towel rack out of a wall.

Magnesium is an essential mineral that plays a major role in the functioning of the musculoskeletal system. Magnesium allows the muscles to relax and decreases the discomforts associated with muscle cramping. Magnesium provides a calming effect that allows for deeper relaxation and better sleep. Magnesium is considered the “antistress” mineral. It is a natural tranquilizer which functions to relax skeletal muscles as well as the smooth muscles of blood vessels and the gastrointestinal tract.

Many dietary magnesium supplements are sold but commonly large-scale manufacturers use “oxide” due to its compactness and ease of use in manufacturing. Unfortunately, magnesium oxide is not biologically available.[2],[3],[4]

Peter Gillham, a leading nutritional researcher states, “The simplicity of the situation is that the modern American diet is not sufficient in the nutrients that the body needs to function properly, and one of the most fundamental of them, for muscle relaxation and sleep, is magnesium. I give my clients a powdered magnesium citrate formula that dissolves in hot water. I have found in my own trials that this formula assimilates into the body the best, which has resulted in higher positive outcomes for my trial subjects than other magnesium compounds and other forms such as pills or capsules.”

Magnesium ion partially reverses sleep EEG and nocturnal neuroendocrine changes occurring during aging.[5]

According to Dr. J. Durlach, the biological clock and magnesium status are linked, and a balanced magnesium status is important for the function of the mysterious pineal gland.

Conventional bright light therapy appears as a speedy and efficient antidepressant medication useful for the treatment of various types of depression and of non migrainous headaches also, because of lights effect on the pineal gland.

Dr. Durlach sees the psycholeptic sedative effects of darkness amplified by magnesium. There probably is a strong relationship between melatonin and magnesium; certainly relative amounts of light and darkness affect the pineal gland and its production of melatonin.

Simply put, there is nothing like a hot soak in a magnesium chloride bath before bed. Such soaks are heaven on earth for people who suffer from insomnia and the feelings of restlessness in the limbs.

Instead of ingesting further chemical toxins in the form of pharmaceutical sleeping pills, which further deteriorate health, one bathes in a deep relaxing hot magnesium bath similar to what is available at some of the most famous spas around the world. Not only will one sleep better but ones entire health will be elevated. All one has to do is pour in some magnesium chloride. Nothing could be simpler.

Magnesium is far too easy of an answer to be welcomed by the corporate drug cartels.

Across the board of mental and emotional illness, the first line of treatment clearly needs to include magnesium. Magnesium will not resolve all problems obviously but it will certainly make dealing with more difficult deeper issues easier.

The entire psychiatric and clinical psychological community has been subverted into using these drugs by the pharmaceutical companies, which have maliciously ignored the pharmacology of magnesium – ramming down billions of dollars of dangerous and toxic drugs instead into both children and adults.

[1] SOURCE: Peter Gillham’s Natural Vitality via PR Newswire

[2] Firoz M and Graber M. Bioavailability of US commercial magnesium preparations. Magnes Res. 2001;14:257-62.

[3] Walker AF and Marakis G, Christie Byng M. Mg citrate found more bioavailable than other Mg preparations in a randomised, double-blind study. Magnes Res;16:183-91.

[4] Lindberg JS, Zobitz MM, Poindexter JR and Pak CY. Magnesium bioavailability from magnesium citrate and magnesium oxide. J Am Coll Nutr. 1990;9:48-55.

[5] Held K, Antonijevic IA, Kunzel H, Uhr M, Wetter TC, Golly IC, Steiger A and Murck H. Oral Mg(2+) supplementation reverses age-related neuroendocrine and sleep EEG changes in humans. Pharmacopsychiatry. 2002;35:135-43.

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  • Daniel Hodun

    I noticed a similar thing where I had been taking about 200 mg of Magnesium with D3 supplement and noticed leg cramping. I took some calcium with Pau’d Arco one night and then started having what seemed like RLS.

    I took an Epsom Salt bath before bed, that solved the leg issue, but now the rest of my body was feeling quite restless. Not sure if I need to balance out calcium to get the mag/cal balance back into order or quit cold turkey?

  • Forest Clayton Sprague

    I took magnesium chloride in crystal form and slept like a baby for the first time in 25 years. Didn’t wake up one time…. usually I wake up between 2 and 5 times just to pee….I did not think it would be so effective but it was…..Tonight I will see if I sleep well and to see if it was not just wishful thinking that I slept so well the first night of ingesting Mag/Chloride

  • Carl da Costa

    Hello,
    Just wondering if there is any further discoveries regarding Magnesium effecting negatively the quality of sleep. I had a client today who is more wired and unable to sleep when taking magnesium, strangely he tried lowering the dosage and taking in the mornings also but still no good. As soon as he stopped taking magnesium his sleep was restored. I have noticed a few forums with similar comments-just wondering if you know more. I wondered whether magnesium intake even though in deficiency is highlighting or accentuating another mineral or vitamin deficiency such as B2 for instance?

    • Carl, magnesium usually promotes calming and better sleep quality. Perhaps it has something to do with the form of magnesium being used? You might ask the client to change the type of magnesium he is using to see if it makes a difference. Try transdermal magnesium chloride in the form of magnesium oil. Also a balance of magnesium and calcium may be needed….try adding in a 1:1 ratio of calcium to magnesium and see if that helps.
      Claudia French

    • Carl, this could also be indicative of B6 deficiency. Add some B6 and see if it helps.

    • Barbara

      I know this is an old post but as it may still be monitored… I have this problem too. magnesium, in any form, prevents me sleeping. I take plenty of B vitamins, in absorbable, bioactive forms; and zinc, as well as other trace minerals.
      I’m taking Mag L-threonate at the moment. I open a cap and take about 20% of the contents per day, with food – this is about 135mg. (The normal serving size is 3 caps.) I don’t get wired, but after a few days of this tiny dosage, I just don’t get tired and don’t sleep until dawn. I feel good until I’m sleep deprived.
      If I take a whole capsule, I just lie awake all night, alert and clear headed – no sleep at all.
      Without magnesium I’m tired, slow, brain-fogged and not happy. I really want to take the magnesium for the alert, happy effect, the clear head and the energy I get when taking it, but the lack of sleep is a killer. Doctors scoff at me when I speak to them about this – everyone knows magnesium is calming, but this is a reliably reproducible effect, with any form of magnesium.
      I’ve seen the odd comment from others with the same problem, but no answers yet.

      • Root Child

        I have the same problem. I need magnesium badly but every time I take it I have the same experience as you with sleep and then I have to stop. I’m now more desperate to take it than ever because my leg and eye twitching has become so bad as well as my migraines. Waiting for answers with you. 🙂

        • Dulceopinador

          Magnesium NEVER NEVER comes alone in food. It always comes with a lot of calcium and some potassium, or a lot of potassium and some calcium. Forget about those things they say about not absorbing magnesium if you take it with calcium, that goes against human biology and there are not studies that affirm that, just studies in animals. If that would be, we did not absorb magnesium with food. There´s a lot of missinformation in internet just because they want to sell you products.

          Also we should take magnesium enough to reach daily requirements, if not, we could cause another imbalance with other electrolytes. Magnesium is supposed to help with restlessness legs. Well, If I take it alone, that´s what I get. Also the best magnesiums are those in ionic form, like chloride, lactate or carbonate, the cheapest ones by the way. No matter what they tell you. Those are the ones with more bioavailability and the ones with less side effects.

          If you don´t want to have side effects with magnesium, you should take as it comes in food. That is, small quantities and through the day. There´s not a single food that will give you the high doses of magnesium people take, and isolated. I take magnesium lactate, 50 mg everytime, with yogurt, 3 times a day. That is 150 mgs supplemented. Magnesium lactate is perfect for taking it with Yogurt because lactate is what yogurt has after fermentation of lactose. 150 mg is perfect or maybe 200 mg. You won´t need much more because you take magnesium with your food too. Yogurt has lots of calcium and potassium. Magnesium works with calcium and potassium, not alone. If you do it that way, it´s unlikely you will have those side effects you´re talking about. I´m not telling this is for sure, but you will reduce a lot the probabilities of having and undesired effect.

          Calcium is also a calming mineral. Not much people knows that. And calcium and magnesium work hand in hand.

    • mbisme

      I have the same effect… I feel great during the day but absolutely can’t sleep at all at night when I take magnesium, no matter what dose. Frustrating, because I like how I feel when I take it, but I need sleep.

      • IMVAUser

        Hi….
        Have you try to take a Magnesium Bath Before Bed ? Also some Breathing Retraining Will Help You Sleep too. Using a biomat can also help you to relax…
        Please read that at http://drsircus.com/medicine/natural-allopathic-sleeping-protocol/
        Treatment for this depends on many different things…and not all are the same for each individual. Not only are medicines needed, or natural medicines, but also some in depth exploration of emotional issues need to be resolved. Dr. Sircus is an expert at this so engaging with him on this level will also possibly be necessary.
        You should really consider getting a consultation with him to discuss your needs and determine which would be the best path for you to follow

    • Dulceopinador

      Magnesium NEVER NEVER comes alone in food. It always comes with a lot
      of calcium and some potassium, or a lot of potassium and some calcium.
      Forget about those things they say about not absorbing magnesium if you
      take it with calcium, that goes against human biology and there are not
      studies that affirm that, just studies in animals. If that would be, we
      did not absorb magnesium with food. There´s a lot of missinformation in
      internet just because they want to sell you products.

      Also we
      should take magnesium enough to reach daily requirements, if not, we
      could cause another imbalance with other electrolytes. Magnesium is
      supposed to help with restlessness legs. Well, If I take it alone,
      that´s what I get. Also the best magnesiums are those in ionic form,
      like chloride, lactate or carbonate, the cheapest ones by the way. No
      matter what they tell you. Those are the ones with more bioavailability
      and the ones with less side effects.

      If you don´t want to have
      side effects with magnesium, you should take as it comes in food. That
      is, small quantities and through the day. There´s not a single food that
      will give you the high doses of magnesium people take, and isolated. I
      take magnesium lactate, 50 mg everytime, with yogurt, 3 times a day.
      That is 150 mgs supplemented. Magnesium lactate is perfect for taking it
      with Yogurt because lactate is what yogurt has after fermentation of
      lactose. 150 mg is perfect or maybe 200 mg. You won´t need much more
      because you take magnesium with your food too. Yogurt has lots of
      calcium and potassium. Magnesium works with calcium and potassium, not
      alone. If you do it that way, it´s unlikely you will have those side
      effects you´re talking about. I´m not telling this is for sure, but you
      will reduce a lot the probabilities of having and undesired effect.

      Calcium is also a calming mineral. Not much people knows that. And calcium and magnesium work hand in hand.

      I think a lot of people are having adverse effects with supplements and they don´t even know because of the tendentious information that moves in internet. We should give to our bodies what they´re used to. And our bodies are not used to take a lot of one electrolyte isolated from the others that work synergistically with it. Supplements are helpful and dangerous at the same time.

      The new thing is that we should take magnesium baths or oil. Then what have we done during millions of years of evolution?. You just get diarrea with Magnesium if you take too much at once.

  • Ellen Rudolph

    Claudia, what are your thoughts about NATURAL MAGNESIUM CALM (by Natural Vitality) ?

    This is a powder not a tablet. In addition to Magnesium it contains “a highly absorbable proprietary blend of magnesium carbonate and citric acid – which, in combination with water, creates ionic magnesium citrate”

    Will this likely cause diarrhea like other forms or orally taken Magnesium?

    It is highly touted as a sleep aid.

    Ellen

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Dr. Ellen,

      Any type of oral magnesium will cause diarrhea….that’s why we don’t endorse taking oral forms….many people also have gut issues which prevent proper absorption.

      Magnesium oil used on the skin or in a bath is a wonderful sleep aid before bedtime! Most people report sleeping like a baby!

      No doubt the product you mention is a good one, but we prefer using mangnesium chloride transdermally.

  • Tonya

    Since starting the transdermal therapy I have found it more difficult to get to sleep at night,I seem to have too much energy. This goes against everything I have read.

    I have classic signs of deficiency and was also diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2009.

    During the day I feel much calmer but at night my heart races and I can feel electrical activity in the heart area and my head. This along with having too much energy also prevents me from sleeping.

    How can I be sure my electrolytes are balanced?

    I’m not taking any other supplements and have applied an ounce of 31% spray a day.

    • claudia

      Dear Tonya,
      Yours is a very unusual reaction to magnesium. Most people find it relaxes them tremendously and aids in sound sleep.
      First recommendation would be to cut back on the amount you are using per treatment. Depending on what time of day you are applying the oil, you may need to change the time of treatment. Most people who have difficulty with sleep like to use magnesium in the evening before bedtime. But you might not benefit from this.
      Not sure what else might be causing this but try cutting back by half the amount used and see it that helps.

      Sincerely,
      Claudia French

      IMVA

    • jan

      I have the same problem it makes me feel wired I have tried taking it in the morning to no avail. I have repeated this around 10 times now…it definitely is the magnesium

      • Cut down on the amount you are using till you find your comfort zone. It may take a bit of trial and error testing.
        Claudia French
        IMVA

      • Barbara

        Me too, Jan. I need the magnesium, but I need the sleep, too. Even opening a capsule and taking a tiny bit per day will, over days, end up with me being too alert and active minded to sleep. It really seems that the dose required to make me feel clear-headed during the day is the dose that will keep me up all night, and I’ve titrated it down to tiny amounts. But the fact that magnesium makes me feel so much better than no magnesium makes me thing I need it.

        Help. Someone must know something.

  • samberra

    How do I know if I have taken to much magnesium? What are the side effects? Can to much magnesium orally or topically cause any toxicity?

    • magnesiumforlife

      If you are taking an oral type of magnesium you could get loose stools.

      If your kidneys are well functioning most excess magnesxium will be excreted without causing problems. However some people can have toxic effects, especially if poor kidney functioning exists.
      Signs of excess magnesium can be similar to magnesium deficiency and include changes in mental status, nausea, diarrhea, appetite loss, muscle weakness, difficulty breathing, extremely low blood pressure, and irregular heartbeat
      Claudia French RN, LPHA
      Assistant Director, IMVA

  • Laura Linares

    I would like to know what would be the best way to give it to a nine years old ….she does not sleep enoough, maybe 5 hours daily….thankyou

    • magnesiumforlife

      Try putting magnesium oil or flakes into a full bathtub just before bedtime. Kids usually respond best to this way of getting magnesium into them. Work up to about 2 cups added, more or less might be needed. See if she sleeps better. Cut back on the amount used if she reacts or after about 2 months when her mag levels should be repleated.

      Dr. Mark

  • Margaret

    Just for general well being, how much magnesium chloride should i take. i am 60 Coeliac some arthritis in my fingers. I have purchased the oil . Tell me in teaspoons or millelitres. If i were to put the oil in my bath, how much. As a sleep aid what sould i be taking. I wake up early with heavy legs. I am not overweight, but do have belly fat.
    Thank you
    Margaret

    • magnesiumforlife

      Margaret.
      Please look at the essays under the “Transdermal Magnesium Therapy” tab on this site for dosage information for oral and transdermal (body spray and bath/massage) uses of magnesium oil.

      As long as you don’t have any renal insufficiency, any excess magnesium should be excreted by the kidneys.

      http://magnesiumforlife.com/transdermal-magnesium/magnesium-administration/

      http://magnesiumforlife.com/transdermal-magnesium/combining-oral-with-transdermal/

      The other essays there may be helpful as well.
      Generally an ounce or two on the body will increase levels to start with, depending on size , and a cup or two in a bath will work. More will be needed for medical treatments or severely deficient people and people on certain medications that deplete magnesium.

      Dr Mark

      • divya persaud

        What cuse u to sleep and dont know if u r sleeping