Some of you may remember my long-ago semi serious addiction to the over the counter sleep aid Nytol. I used to take 25mg before bed because my son Sam woke up multiple times in the night and it helped me get back to sleep quickly.
Then I read somewhere that prolonged use does something to your long-term memory and a week later I noticed that I had started to forget some words. Or I would look at a BMW and think “That’s a Mercedes”. I picked up a pan fresh out of the oven with my bare hands. Over and over again I would put a second teabag in a mug that already had a teabag in it. And so on.
I was taking the Nytol long after Sam stopped waking up all the time, because that’s the thing with sleeping pills. They’re probably 50% psychosomatic. And I did notice that the first two nights when I had stopped taking them were rocky. And who wants a rocky night?
Anyway I finally kicked them and you will be relieved to know that the effects on my memory and general brain health reversed quite quickly PENGUIN!
But since then I have gone through various phases of insomnia, unrelated to children, (peri-menopausal?), which are always incredibly annoying.
Moaning on about this to my friend Yoga Lara at school, she said “Magnesium”. And so I went directly to purchase a bottle of Magnesium with B6 by Solgar.
And my god, it knocks me out like a train! The added B6 also, I think, aids gum health (I might have made that up).
The best thing about magnesium to aid restful sleep is that it’s non-addictive and has no harmful long-term side effectives, unlike that other one… err… whatsitcalled…
The dosage on the bottle says 3 tablets per day, but as my diet is super-high in magnesium as it is, I only take one, just before bed. And I wake up feeling, you know? Kind of fabulous.
I doubt very much whether this would make any sort of dent in really serious insomnia but I guess it’s worth a shot. Anything for a good night’s sleep, amirite?
How about you? How are you sleeping at the moment?