I don’t sleep well. Going to sleep is easy. Going back to sleep after waking up is not so easy. Calcium helps me sleep.
I’m beginning to get the impression that the traditional medical community doesn’t know much about nutrition and diet and their effects on the human body.
Look around a hospital and tell me what you see? Overweight nurses. Tell your doctor that you’re not sleeping well and what do you get? A prescription for a sleep aid.
A few weeks ago my wife mentioned an article which said that calcium supplements should be taken at night as they’re better absorbed by the body. That made sense so I made an adjustment to my calcium schedule.
Normally, I would take two 500mg tablets a day, once at breakfast, once at lunch. I added another 500mg tablet to my evening supplements, and moved the breakfast tablet to dinner.
I was not expecting any particular event, but just wanted to get a little more caclium (I’m allergic to milk) and figured that an adjustment was due.
That night, and every night since, I’ve slept remarkably better. Sleep has been deeper with more memorable dreams. Sometimes I’ll wake up in the middle of the night because of a noise or a need to head to the bathroom. Going back to sleep has always been the challenge.
Since I started taking the calcium, going back to sleep has been easier. Generally speaking, I sleep better since changing the calcium schedule, and I feel a bit more energetic.
After a week of improved sleep I began to research calcium’s effects on sleep. What I found corroborates my own experience. Calcium helps to produce calming effects in the brain, especially if taken with magnesium within an hour of going to bed.
I won’t get into the religion of which calcium supplements are best, but I can relate what has worked for me. My supplement is an inexpensive oyster shell calcium carbonate.
That warm glass of milk just before bed that is often prescribed as a way to get better sleep? It’s the calcium.