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Re: Magnesium is giving me nightmares

Posted by JLx on October 23, 2004, at 19:31:16

In reply to Magnesium is giving me nightmares, posted by laurie_lu on October 22, 2004, at 15:54:11

> When I take Magnesium Oxide right before bedtime, I have disturbing vivid dreams up to the time I wake up. If I take the Magnesium in the morning, I am sleepy during the day and my dreams aren't as disturbing but just very vivid and bizaare. I am also taking SJW 3/day. I am taking the Magnesium because I am also taking Calcium and have a strong family history of Osteoporosis and I'm PMSing real bad again already.

Hmm...that's a puzzler. I have heard of Vit B6 causing nightmares but not magnesium. My guess is that it's likely something that the magnesium is affecting rather than the mg itself. I looked around on the web and found a couple ideas:

About HTP: "Higher doses may lead to a greater number of disturbing dreams and nightmares due to abnormally prolonged REM sleep."

This site also notes bizarre or strange dreams as a side effect of tryptophan.

Perhaps the magnesium is increasing the serotonin effect of the SJW?

Or histamine, too much copper?

Nightmares: Suspect a magnesium deficiency and/or histamine reactions (rule out food sensitivity).

"Unfortunately, too much copper causes nightmares. Don't eat chocolate, peanut butter or grapes before bedtime if you want to have sweet dreams."

Estrogen increases copper:

I wonder if another form of magnesium might have a different affect? If you eat a lot of whole grains, veggies, nut and seeds and such or drink hard water you might not even need magnesium.

I agree with tealady though that you can take the two together, or nearly so, as the Tums might reduce stomach acid too much so that the mg wouldn't dissolve. I don't know, just guessing.

You might also just try reducing the magnesium incase you are over a saturation point or something like that.

I'm going to watch my copper intake from now on to see if it coincides with any nightmares.





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