I posted earlier about the calcium combo I take, but I also alternate with a magnesium drink. In response to th epost about Vit D for calcium uptake, I take 10,000 IU's daily per my doctor and a bunch of other supplements including 10 mg melatonin and 100 mg of 5 HTP before bed. If i awak, I take another 6 mg of melatonin sublingual formula. I still think having some food like warm soy milk or carbs helps me go back to sleep more easily, too. Just wish it were quicker.
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Calcium is a natural muscle relaxer and calms the nerves. It is an agent in making sure that the muscle fibers contract (fire) properly. This is why lack of calcium causes cramping. I thought I would try the calcium to help with my sleeplessness. I hear that calcium citrate is best absorbed by the body because calcium carbonate is basically chalk and passes through.
I take a Calcium, Magnesium, Vit D pill at before bed and do find it helps. Especially since I tend to get foot cramps at night. (which wake me up). Good luck on your search for something that works for you!
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I just take plain old melatonin to help me sleep and it does not my me groggy at all. Its a natural pill. Because Melatonin is a hormone in your pineal gland and it stimulates the wake and sleep cycle. In case you wanted to know
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Fitness Minutes: (56,518) Posts: 709 8/22/11 9:02 A
Saw your post re the supplements you are taking in the evening. I am a naturopathic nutritionist and thought I might be able to help you here.
I would suggest you take your vitamin C in the morning hours and add Magnesium, take 200mg or there abouts just before bed.
The Vitamin C will hinder sleep where as the Mg helps sleep by acting on the nervous system as well as the musculoskeletal system. The calcium is a great idea especially at night, the vit D helps the uptake and immune system as well as mental and motional states so creating a balance.
Don't mean to be a boring lecturer but i really hope this helps and very best of luck with it as do know how difficult in can be with the sleep issue.
Fitness Minutes: (56,518) Posts: 709 8/21/11 6:12 A
Amazingly enough, though I didn't even realize it, I started taking a Calcium pill, vitamin D pill, and a vitamin C pill in the evenings before going to bed, because it was the only time I could remember to take my vitamins since I also take a blood pressure med at night and I have been sleeping much better!! I also noticed that when I skip the vitamins, I don't sleep as well. You can imagine my surprise to see this discussion post! Sweet dreams to all!!
Buy calcium citrate in powder form and mix 1 tsp with hot water. Add 2 Tbls apple cider vinegar and sweeten with honey or Splenda. Take nightly or every other night but don't take too much cause it can cause loose bowels. It is harder to digest calcium as we age so thie is more effective for older people or those who can't tolerate dairy. This is also a good remedy for leg cramps, or menstrual cramps. Both are often caused by a lack of calcium balance with potassium and magnesium.
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