Thursday, December 5, 2013

Magnesium: Good and Bad News

A friend of mine who has been experiencing some of the same symptoms I have lately (insomnia, fatigue, heart palpitations, occasional shortness of breath, weight gain, worsening periods and PMS) went to see her naturopath this week.  The naturopath did some blood tests, but prescribed a few supplements to address the symptoms in the meantime.  One of the things she prescribed was magnesium, which reminded me that I had some magnesium citrate in my cupboard that I bought a couple of years ago but wasn't taking for some reason.

I took the magnesium last night an hour or so before my bedtime, and it did make me appropriately sleepy around 11:00 pm.  It also caused me to feel short of breath for five hours.  That must be why I didn't continue taking it.  I do seem to remember having a problem with it before now.  However, around 2:00 am my breathing became more normal and I went to bed and fell asleep easily and slept very deeply, which is unusual for me, even on a good night.

Young Woman Sleeping - Fran├žois Boucher

I'm going to try a different form of magnesium, and maybe try an epsom salt bath before bed (which I've done regularly before) if supplements continue to give me problems.  I read a Q and A about magnesium where a registered nurse said that she very occasionally sees people who are apparently so deficient in magnesium that it seems to affect them in exactly the opposite way as the desired result, and she suggests they start with smaller doses early in the day and work up to more gradually until they find the highest dose that doesn't cause problems.

I do think the magnesium can help, so I'm going to get a different form of it today. (The bottle in my cupboard expired in April anyway, Ha!) It's the first thing that has had at least some promise of helping in a long time.  Hey, I got about seven hours of good sleep last night, so the shortness of breath was worth it, but I wouldn't want to do that every night.


  1. Yikes, the shortness of breath would definitely put me off! Still, good luck with trying the different form and lower dose of magnesium :)

  2. That is interesting. I have read quite a bit about deficiencies because of Pele's experiences, and my own. Magnesium citrate or glycinate (the latter form being the one highly recommended by my daughter's ND), are good to take. They help with magnesium deficiency and constipation. Many people are deficient in magnesium. If you do some research on it (which you probably already have) you'll see there's a decent amount of information about it. Good for you for exploring it! This makes me think maybe I should try taking some again. I still some some of the powdered magnesium glycinate...hmm. I need to look through my vitamin stores.
    My daughter has been moody and really fussy lately. I wonder if some magnesium would give a gentle sedative effect on her. No idea why she's moody, but there are several reasons why she might be.

    Thanks for the interesting and thoughtful post!