Magnesium knocks me out?

by Erin
(Washington )

I just started taking a magnesium supplement a week ago. I take 200mg along with a multivitamin that has another 100mg of mag. About 20 minutes after taking it, I'm knocked out cold asleep. This is fine as I've suffered from insomnia my whole life. The problem is, in the morning I feel hung over and groggy. I don't know what day it is, or why my alarm Is going off. This isn't good because sometimes I teach a 6am yoga class and almost turned my alarm off the other day.

Am I just extremely sensitive to magnesium? I feel like it has helped with the insomnia, and anxiety, and other ailments in my life so, I don't want to stop taking it.

I also take a lot of vitamin C, cod liver oil, a multi vitamin, and a mushroom complex for immune health


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by: Kerri Knox, RN, The Immune Queen

Hi Erin,

A common feature of many people who have had insomnia for long periods of time, then solve their problem and are able to get to sleep is that they have a 'rebound' reaction called hypersomnolence.

Hypersomnolence is usually a GOOD sign that you've solved your problem. Once you 'catch up' on your sleep, after possibly a few months of hypersomnolence, you'll likely be back on track to feeling a lot better.

So, a couple things that you can do.
1) Go to bed a lot earlier so that when you have to get up early, it's less of a problem.
2) Take less magnesium during the week, and take larger amounts the evenings before you have a day off or a few days off and plan to sleep as much as possible on your days off so that you can 'catch up' as soon as possible and you can get on with your life again.

So, congratulation on finally finding out why you are not sleeping and solving some other health issues at the same time.

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