Sunday, 15 January 2012


For the past couple of nights, I just haven't been able to get to sleep.  I know a lot of people have trouble sleeping, but not me!  Some of my family say I have 'the gift of sleep.'  I can sleep whenever, wherever and whatever is going on around me.  I even fell asleep standing up once, but I was very pregnant (and watching my husband play golf at the time.)     :)
Anyway,  I just haven't been able to get to sleep and I've been waking up ridiculously early as well. (Very sad because we are on our long summer school holidays here in Australia).
I've also been having 'restless legs'  and even leg cramps in the middle of the night. This is strange because I've been very strict about what I eat.
I think I've worked out the problem, though.  I think I'm low on Magnesium.  I had the same thing about 8 weeks ago and magnesium supplements seemed to get me back on schedule.  I'm hoping it works again!
On my magnesium bottle it says: 'Magnesium is used to help relieve muscle cramps and spasms.  Magnesium can also help relieve nervous tension and mild anxiety associated with PMS, relieve sleeplessness and may help maintain general wellbeing.'

Wikipedia says, 'Spices, nuts, cereals, coffee, cocoa, tea, and vegetables are rich sources of magnesium. Green leafy vegetables such as spinach are also rich in magnesium as they contain chlorophyll.'
I'm eating plenty of green leafy veggies, just don't think I'm absorbing very well.

I don't usually self-prescribe supplements (actually, maybe I do!).  I'm booked in to see a naturopath at the end of January, so a couple more weeks.  Before that I need to have another blood test to see how my inflammation is going.  I'm hoping it's greatly improved!!!!
I'll tell you about my recent experiences with my lovely GP and my new GI tomorrow.

1 comment:

  1. I believe that Melatonin is also very good as a 'sleep' supplement! I believe from a friend on that she takes these and hasn't looked back. She has suffered with insomnia for 18 years!! :(

    Anyway look into it just a thought!

    Hope you have it all sorted now!

    Kate Koger