Sleep issues with MS solved!

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   Posted 11/17/2013 8:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed w MS in 2006 and one of the things that I suffer from is insomnia. I accidentally came across a wonderful remedy. Magnesium.

Believe me, I have tried every medication for sleep under the sun. After a round of steroids (a necessary evil), I experienced jaw pain. Something I had last round too. I went to the dentist to have my jaw looked at and luckily he prescribed nothing more than a magnesium supplement. While it didn't really do a whole lot for me as far as my jaw pain, but it has been an answered prayer for my trouble sleeping.

From what I have learned, it is a natural muscle relaxant. It gives me a gentle sleepiness when I slow down and go to bed. Then if I wake up during the night, I am able to go back to sleep. I have to concentrate on slowing my mind down and not plan my tomorrow, but then it works.

I take a total of 500 mg after dinner. I just get it at the grocery store or drug store. It is something I worked up to from 250 mg a day and ALWAYS take it with a meal. If you take too much or don't take it with food, it can been really hard on your bowels. Not good.

Anyway, this is something that I just have to share and hope it works as well for you as it has for me! Sweet dreams. :)

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Date Joined Aug 2013
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   Posted 11/18/2013 7:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for that tip. I also have trouble falling asleep sometimes-- not always. And I hate to add more RX meds to my list. So any OTC stuff is worth a try.

Thanks again!

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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 11/22/2013 9:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the tip. I'll try it. :-) I have trouble sleeping too.

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   Posted 11/24/2013 7:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Magnesium aids in calming the nerves and relaxing the muscles, which in turn can help individuals to fall asleep. Similarly, a deficiency of the mineral is sometimes responsible for the nervousness that prevents sleep. Magnesium deficiency hampers the ability of the body's motor nerves, which carry electrical impulses from the brain to the muscles to send the correct messages.
Magnesium deficiency is common in the United States, usually due to insufficient dietary intake. Physical and emotional factors can complicate matters more by increasing depletion of the mineral through urinary excretion. Low magnesium levels can also cause the release of certain stress hormones in the body, particularly high levels of norepinephrine, which increase under stress.
When a person feels stressed, hormones signal cells to release magnesium into the blood. From there, the mineral is excreted in urine. The more stressed a person becomes the more magnesium is lost from the body. Sleep deprivation itself is a chronic stressor that can lower magnesium levels.
Lack of magnesium can cause leg cramps or restless leg syndrome, disrupting restful sleep. Loss of sleep or poor quality sleep over time has been associated with high blood pressure. Results of a study published in the June 2009 issue of the journal of "Archives of Internal Medicine" reports that there may be a link between sleep deprivation and hypertension.
Magnesium suppresses the release of catecholamines, which stimulate activity in the sympathetic nerves. Increasing dietary intake of magnesium may also help to regulate blood pressure. According to the National Institutes of Health, research suggests that eating more fruit and vegetables and low fat dairy foods rich in magnesium may help to lower blood pressure. When the body is relaxed you sleep better. Food sources naturally rich in magnesium include wheat bran, blackstrap molasses, lima beans, kidney beans, broccoli, spinach and nuts, including almonds, cashews and hazel nuts. If you take magnesium supplements to help you sleep, take tablets about 45 minutes before going to bed. Check with your doctor as to how many milligrams you should take on a daily basis.
Before you start taking a magnesium supplement you should have your level check by the lab at your Drs.
If you are taking antacids remember many of them contain magnesium.
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