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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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Is magnesium safe for sleep to take every day?

YES!: Magnesium is an essential nutrient and we need it every day. It is safe ; non-toxic. If you take too much (esp. A poorly absorbed form) it can cause loose stools. The only potential hazard is in those with kidney failure, who are at risk of toxicity. Otherwise it is perfectly safe to take every day. See http://bit. Ly/1dpai09. ...Read more

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Is 800 mg.'s daily of magnesium dangerous for a 50 yr old healthy male? He takes no meds. He takes the magnesium to aide sleep.

Is 800 mg.'s daily of magnesium dangerous for a 50 yr old healthy male? He takes no meds. He takes the magnesium to aide sleep.

Probably OK: But check with your PCP. Magnesium can help relax muscles of mastication during sleep. I would also suggest to combine with a soft thermoplastic mandibular nightguard. ...Read more

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How much magnesium and calcium should I take for sleep and when?

How much magnesium and calcium should I take for sleep and when?

?: They should regularly be not used as sleeping aids. Unless there is some other purpose that you do using it for I wouldn't recommend using it just to help you sleep. ...Read more

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I've tried taking magnesium to relax and improve sleep and it stimulates me! Others have complained of this too, why?

I've tried taking magnesium to relax and improve sleep and it stimulates me! Others have complained of this too, why?

Who told u it would?: Who told you magnesium would relax you & improve your sleep? Have you been (sigh) listening to the high-school dropout who works at the health-food store again? Mg is everywhere in you. It participates in almost everything. You think you can take Mg and with it magically push just the better-sleep button in your brain? That's hopelessly simplistic thinking. Our bodies are not 4-cylinder Chevys. ...Read more

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Can I take 10mg melatonin and use magnesium oil for sleep? I should be okay because they're both natural, right?

Can I take 10mg melatonin and use magnesium oil for sleep? I should be okay because they're both natural, right?

Might help: Give these a try to see if they can help your insomnia. They have no side effects and should not be a problem. These are both refined products and are not quite natural any more than white sugar is "not" natural. The definitions of natural are very nebulous and undefined so beware of depending too much on this labeling. Poison ivy is certainly natural, but that does not mean it is not toxic. ...Read more

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Ok, its a fact that magnesium is used to calm the nervous system which in turn helps sleeping. So why does it stimulate me?

Ok, its a fact that magnesium is used to calm the nervous system which in turn helps sleeping. So why does it stimulate me?

Mental Health: All medications that affect the brain can cause paradoxical effects in some humans. There dis no answer as to 'why'. This just is in some humans and they do not or should not be using the medications if they have a paradoxical or unexpected reaction. ...Read more

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How does magnesium supplements help with better sleep? What's the science of it? And what are the other benifets?

How does magnesium supplements help with better sleep? What's the science of it? And what are the other benifets?

Treats deficiency: I'm not sure magnesium will help someone sleep if they have sufficient magnesium, but only 32% of americans get adequate magnesium in their diets. Magnesium deficiency is widespread not only due to lack in diet but alcohol. Stress ; many drugs cause magnesium depletion. Low magnesium causes insomnia, anxiety, fatigue, muscle spasms, high blood pressure, headaches etc. See http://bit. Ly/1dpai09. ...Read more

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Is Magnesium Threonate the best magnesium supplement to take? Want to supplement for a short while, maybe 1 month, to see if it improves sleep.

Is Magnesium Threonate the best magnesium supplement to take? Want to supplement for a short while, maybe 1 month, to see if it improves sleep.

It is good: It is acceptable supplement.

problem supplement considered to be food, and there is no regulation to assure the public what really inside the bottle.
try to use a respectable known company. ...Read more

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Magnesium makes me feel funny and sleep talk/walk. Should I stay away from it?

Magnesium makes me feel funny and sleep talk/walk. Should I stay away from it?

See a doctor: Your symptoms need to be evaluated more in detail, particularly if you have additional components with sleep. suggest you see your PCP and discuss, and avoid magnesium for now until this is resolved. ...Read more

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Hi I started to use super oxygen to relax and sleep it contains magnesium peroxide and vit c etc I feel great and sleep much better is it safe to use?

Safe but expensive: SuperOxygen: "Super Oxygen Drops is a stabilized liquid oxygen dietary supplement consisting of electrolytes, potassium chlorite, sodium bicarbonate, water" priced at 19.99 for 4 oz. Pricey for what it is. Consider just taking magnesium- but check with your MD as it can interfere with some medications. See: http://www. Webmd. Com/sleep-disorders/living-with-insomnia-11/natural-solutions ...Read more

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Why is it when I take magnesium with my calcium at night I don't get that relaxation effect they say everyone should? I practice good sleep hygine.

Why is it when I take magnesium with my calcium at night I don't get that relaxation effect they say everyone should? I practice good sleep hygine.

Sleep: I do not think the calcium is effecting the magnesium. You should not expose yourself to light from devices for a couple of hours before going to sleep (ie. Computer screen, cell phone, IPAD screen, television). No stimulants after 12 non (ie caffeine). Avoid alcohol within two hours of bedtime. Eat dinner at a couple of hours before bedtime. ...Read more

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I'm preganant and I'm having problems pooping it's so bad I can't sleep at night, What is the best magnesium to get for constipation?

I'm preganant and I'm having problems pooping it's so bad I can't sleep at night, What is the best magnesium to get for constipation?

Constipation: Magnesium Glycinate, which also helps with insomnia. You can start with 200 mg twice daily and titrate up. You know you are getting too much when your stools get too soft. Constipation is COMMON in pregnancy. Lots of fluids, fiber and you can certainly take an OTC stool softener like Colace (docusate sodium). ...Read more

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I read calcium and magnesium supplements help you sleep better, is that true?

I read calcium and magnesium supplements help you sleep better, is that true?

CALCIUM AND MAGNESIU: It is true if you are low or deficient in these minerals. Many people do not have good diet and do have deficiency in minerals etc. Therefore calcium and magnesium supplements can help some people sleep better. ...Read more

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My therapist recommended taking a magnesium supplement for general anxiety and help with sleep. How long does it take to notice effects, if any?

My therapist recommended taking a magnesium supplement for general anxiety and help with sleep. How long does it take to notice effects, if any?

Careful which type: Magnesium citrate is a good bowel prep. Magnesium oxide is a good relaxant. It is not designed to put you to sleep, but it can help relax tense muscles. One or two pills of 400 mg each per day should have some positive effect within one week to 10 days. ...Read more

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I'm a waitress and suffer a lot of leg and back aches. Could magnesium as a supplement help that and also help sleep and bowel habits? How much?

I'm a waitress and suffer a lot of leg and back aches. Could magnesium as a supplement help that and also help sleep and bowel habits? How much?

Possibly: If, like most people, you are deficient in magnesium then it is likely to help muscle aches, insomnia and constipation; if you aren't deficient it won't help but also won't hurt; it's safe to try as it is not easy to test for deficiency. I advise 400 mg of magnesium taurate or glycinate. You can also try epsom salt baths. See http://bit. Ly/1dpai09
also eat more magnesium-rich foods (esp. Greens). ...Read more

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How can I stop restless legs syndrome? I haven’t had a good night of sleep in months and I don’t know what to do. I can’t afford the medications my doctor wants to give. I’ve read sometimes magnesium helps, but I don’t know how much? What about other ove

Find Out Cause First: Rule out underlying causes that may can be treated such as mineral deficiencies, venous insufficiency or various immune deficiencies. Start with blood work and a venous ultrasound by a vascular surgeon. Review medication for side effects.
If no underlying cause is identified, get daily exercise and cut back on smoking & drinking. Take a multi-vitamin with iron and save medication as last resort. ...Read more

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I am on antidepressants remeron and lexapro, (escitalopram) diazepam and a sleeping tablet. Is it o k to take magnesium 200mg daily. Thanks?

I am on antidepressants remeron and lexapro, (escitalopram) diazepam and a sleeping tablet. Is it o k to take magnesium 200mg daily. Thanks?

Magnesium's OK: The Remeron and Lexapro (escitalopram) are risky in combo and you might ask your doctor to watch that closely and it is always important to remind them of all medications/supplements you take or plan to take. You are wise to think about this issue so talk to the Doc or a pharmacist for details. Best! ...Read more

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I am taking 100-125 mg. Magnesium to help myself fall asleep (slight/moderate insomnia). Is it going to have any negative side effect (29 yrs male)?

I am unsure of the: Meds of you are on. However for the general population in good health magnesium helps with proper elimination of bowels. Helps relax people somewhat, increases muscle relaxation. Ask a general practitioner who is familiar with the meds and diagnoses you have. ...Read more

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I suffer with chronic migraines. What dosage of magnesium should you take for migraines and could this make headaches worse?

I suffer with chronic migraines. What dosage of magnesium should you take for migraines and could this make headaches worse?

250 to 500 mg: Magnesium deficiency has been found in many who suffer from migraine. A good retiming is to take enough till you develop diarrhea, then take one pill less. I place my patients on 500mg daily if they can tolerate it. Other important steps are, eating reg meals, proper sleep, exercise, stress reduction, and prevention and ablation meds that improve your condition ...Read more

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What is a good magnesium supplement to take? What is a good dosage to start?

What is a good magnesium supplement to take? What is a good dosage to start?

Magnesium supplement: It is smart of you to check. Some magnesium supplements e.g. Magnesium oxide are cheap but not well absorbed.
Good one is magnesium malate. Take enough to get 200 mg of elemental magnesium per day up to 400 mg per day. ...Read more

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What is the proper dosage of magnesium I should take for constipation? Female, 21 years old, about 140 pounds.

What is the proper dosage of magnesium I should take for constipation? Female, 21 years old, about 140 pounds.

Depends on type: There are many types of Magnesium. Magnesiums that are poorly absorbed, like Mag oxide, help by acting as a laxative. But magnesium deficiency can also cause constipation and well-absorbed forms like mag taurate and glycinate help. I advise trying 400 mg/day of well-absorbed forms, and you can increase dose if that does not help. High doses are safe. See http://tinyurl. Com/m7oovm4
for details. ...Read more