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Magnesium keeping me awake!

astonjnewastonjnew Posts: 2Member Member Posts: 2Member Member
Hey guys I find when taking zma or any magnesium supreme it keeps me awake rather then helping with sleep (I've even tried lowering the dosage). Anyone have any insight to why this may occur when research shows it helps with sleep. Thanks
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  • Cylphin60Cylphin60 Posts: 864Member Member Posts: 864Member Member
    Following this thread. My insomnia has gotten pretty bad since starting a new mv with 20mg of magnesium. I never thought it might be that.

    edit: nevermind. My old mv had 5 times that amount. Best of luck OP.
    edited December 2016
  • WickAndArtooWickAndArtoo Posts: 774Member Member Posts: 774Member Member
    Any chance you have made any other lifestyle changes (like working out at night instead of the day etc).

    What time do you usually take your magnesium? And have you tried other types or brands to see if that helps?
  • ClubSilencioClubSilencio Posts: 2,997Member Member Posts: 2,997Member Member
    Could be a calcium-magnesium imbalance. You should strive for a 2:1 or even a 1.5:1 ratio.

    Insomnia can be symptom of calcium deficiency.

  • crabbybriannacrabbybrianna Posts: 342Member Member Posts: 342Member Member
    I had to stop taking magnesium (magnesium citrate powder) because of this. All I ever heard was that it helped sleep so for quite a while I didn't think that was why I was having sleep problems, but then I forgot to take it one night and I slept normally. I've taken it a few times since then and every time, I have trouble sleeping (falling asleep and staying asleep). No more magnesium for me.
  • BeastofBodminBeastofBodmin Posts: 34Member Member Posts: 34Member Member
    I stopped taking ZMA for the very same reason,wired all night.
  • nickhinds88nickhinds88 Posts: 42Member Member Posts: 42Member Member
    It could be the b6 in the zma keeping you up not the magnesium.
  • bukkalevybukkalevy Posts: 1Member Member Posts: 1Member Member
    Just so you know you're not crazy, magnesium keeps me awake too. I've tested it on and off for months trying to rule out anything else. It is without a doubt the magnesium, specifically Natural Calm for me. I can't sleep more than a two hour stretch at a time, then it's sporadic after that.
    I wanted to comment because I see all over the internet people complaining of this and the response is always to the effect of "that's not possible" "it's something else" "you're doing it wrong" "it's your lifestyle" - but this is clearly a thing.
    Under any conditions or circumstances I can sleep great one night, take magnesium and sleep like crap the next, and reverse it within a day or two by stopping.
    I'd love to know why.
  • emmabemma128emmabemma128 Posts: 1Member Member Posts: 1Member Member
    Very glad to hear I'm not the only one with problems when taking Magnesium. I had been having trouble falling asleep & have PVC's so I decided to try out some Natural Calm. Packet had 1.5 tsp but I only gave myself 1/2 tsp and was up ALL NIGHT. Fell asleep for an hour and then couldn't go back to bed. Triggered four hours worth of googling side effects too see if I had possibly overdosed or was having an allergic reaction. Will never be taking magnesium again.

    The only other time I have had the reverse side effect of a drug was when I was given benadryl when I was younger, also caused me to be up all night. Wonder if there's any correlation !
  • 76Crane7676Crane76 Posts: 124Member Member Posts: 124Member Member
    What time of day is the magnesium taken? At one point it was recommended for me at bedtime but I'm wondering if it is taken earlier will there be less sleep disturbance?
  • kshama2001kshama2001 Posts: 18,159Member Member Posts: 18,159Member Member
    astonjnew wrote: »
    Hey guys I find when taking zma or any magnesium supreme it keeps me awake rather then helping with sleep (I've even tried lowering the dosage). Anyone have any insight to why this may occur when research shows it helps with sleep. Thanks

    There are several forms of magnesium - is the kind in your supplements the same as the kind in the studies? If yes, try something else for sleep. I like one 1 mg sub-lingual melatonin and one 1 mg tablet of melatonin.
  • whitpaulywhitpauly Posts: 891Member Member Posts: 891Member Member
    Keeps my hubs up too but I use magnesium glycinate during the day and sleep hard at night,glycine is a calming amino acid
  • anatiukanatiuk Posts: 1Member, Premium Member Posts: 1Member, Premium Member
    Following this thread and I can completely identify. Whenever I take magnesium I get a jumpy restless feeling that keeps me awake for hours. So, I take my Natural Calm in the morning, and 750 mg of calcium at night. It’s actually calcium that calms my muscles and helps me sleep! And to emmabemma128, I also have that reaction to Benadryl. It makes me feel like I’m on caffeine and my body feels like it’s vibrating!
  • GaleHawkinsGaleHawkins Posts: 7,477Member Member Posts: 7,477Member Member
    lorrpb wrote: »
    Some people have a paradoxical The reaction to certain medications and supplements. This means that the body reacts in the opposite way from what is intended. It's a type of side effect. There is no specific reason and nothing that can be done about it. It's all a matter of trial and error. Sorry that happened to you.

    PS Sometimes it can be a result of the blenders & binders used - the stuff used to hold the pill together, so you could try a different form of the supplement or a difference manufacturer.

    There was a tread about the binders issue a few years back.

  • Keto_VampireKeto_Vampire Posts: 1,449Member Member Posts: 1,449Member Member
    ><...inert ingredients (binders) only affect how quickly the drug takes to diffuse into the body (simple passive diffusion). Inert materials/binders causing problems is extremely rare (i.e. idiopathic allergic reaction); they get bashed way to much by the lay person/general public simply due to ignorance (scary "chemical name I can not pronounce so it must be bad, right?").

    Magnesium as well as pyridoxine (precursor in GABA production) are both weak CNS depressants...(goes off in a rant to self...). Likely one of dozens of OTHER factors/variables @ play environment, lifestyle, diet, other substances, etc. affecting your sleep.
    edited November 2018
  • AnnPT77AnnPT77 Posts: 10,840Member Member Posts: 10,840Member Member
    Are you certain that you were magnesium deficient in the first place? Over-supplementing magnesium can be a problem, at some level.

    (Just speculating. I started taking magnesium citrate. Results: Good. I wondered if the dose was where I needed it, so I took a little more. Results: Not Good. Just my N =1 subjective experience, though.)
  • AJB1014AJB1014 Posts: 1,171Member Member Posts: 1,171Member Member
    anatiuk wrote: »
    Following this thread and I can completely identify. Whenever I take magnesium I get a jumpy restless feeling that keeps me awake for hours. So, I take my Natural Calm in the morning, and 750 mg of calcium at night. It’s actually calcium that calms my muscles and helps me sleep! And to emmabemma128, I also have that reaction to Benadryl. It makes me feel like I’m on caffeine and my body feels like it’s vibrating!

    I just purchased some magnesium calm - more for leg cramps for me, and sleep for DH - but this i really insightful and I'll keep it in mind because I also tend to get wired on benadryl. I'll have to add calcium to my list of supplements and possibly try out that to help ease my muscle spasms.
  • GottaBurnEmAllGottaBurnEmAll Posts: 7,724Member Member Posts: 7,724Member Member
    I'm on a fairly high dose of magnesium as part of my migraine management protocol.

    I sleep like a baby.
  • HoneyBadger155HoneyBadger155 Posts: 1,101Member Member Posts: 1,101Member Member
    Finding this thread interesting - I started taking magnesium for non-sleep reasons, originally was taking in the morning, but moved to evenings - was noticing that I was struggling with sleeping as well as I was used to - didn't think it was that (I was blaming my multi instead), but ran out of my current bottle recently, and the past few nights have slept great, still taking my multi.

    Hmmmm, may have to make that a morning thing!
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