You should know that I am a little bit of a hippie when it comes to medicine. I love, love, love natural remedies. I am also a notoriously bad sleeper. I will try anything to help me sleep. (I’ve written more about about that here – Nine Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep). Of course things like sleeping pills work wonders but I prefer something natural when possible. I’ve tried melatonin, sleep gummies, lavender pillow mists, and so on and so forth. While I was home on The Cape with my parents in December, I met with an herbalist in Brewster. I came home with remedies for sleep + cold prevention, as well as a special tincture for anxiety (a mix of passion flower + lemon balm, for the record).
My mom is the same and gave me a sample of Cook’s Organics Sweet Dreams Magnesium Cream (also from Cape Cod, hooray!) It’s a foot cream, that promises better sleep… or as the website claims, “relax your whole body starting at the tips of your toes.” I will admit – I was pretty skeptical. But also excited to see if it would work. I mean, I will try anything, but would a topically applied product really be able to do much? Alas, the cream worked better than any other natural remedy I’ve tried. I slept like a baby. It isn’t Ambien, but it works. Upon applying the cream to my feet my feet immediately felt a bit tingly and relaxed… and within a few minutes I fell into a deep, blissful sleep. I am not a nutritionist or a scientist – I have no idea how or why it works so well… but it does. If you have a hard time sleeping, I would 100% recommend it. (I found a DIY version as well – note that I haven’t tried it, but it sounds promising.)
So that got me reading up on magnesium. The best of the articles was this one. The author recommends taking 400-500 mg of magnesium at night to help you sleep. It also offers up a more scientific explanation of how/why magnesium helps you to sleep (bottom line – magnesium is a natural muscle relaxer). My old nutritionist (Charles Passler) used to have me take two of these Mag Citrate tablets before bed every night (two tablets contain 200mg of magnesium). While they didn’t make me fall asleep, I did feel more relaxed, + that’s half of what the article recommends. I kind of want to try upping the dosage and seeing what happens. Anyone else? In the meantime, I am loving the foot cream. Softer feet and a good night’s sleep? Yes please.
Have you tried magnesium to help you sleep? I’d love to hear about your experience! Other crazy (or not so crazy!) sleep-better tips are also welcome!!
This post is in no way sponsored. My mom bought me a sample of the cream and upon being convinced, I bought the full size product myself. I make no scientific claims – I am simply sharing what worked for me!
Featured image via here.