Quality sleep is an important part of Paleo, but I just can't seem to get it because I tense my neck and shoulder muscles in my sleep and wake extremely sore the next morning. Has anyone dealt with this and found a solution?
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on November 01, 2011
at 11:48 PM
Have you tried Magnesium supplements? A lot of people have trouble with it but Natural Calm has done amazing things for my sleep. I always use to make fists and curl my wrists under me when I slept, in addition to a plethora of other sleep issues like taking FOR EV ER to fall asleep. Most of my issues disappeared when I added Mg to my diet. Just an n=1 but worth looking into if you haven't.
on December 09, 2011
at 06:10 PM
An approach that is kinder to the bowels is dermal absorption. Magnesium is fairly readily absorbed through the skin.
Epsom salts baths are the classic way of acheiving this, but you can also use what is called "Magnesium Oil."
Even though Mag Oil feels oily, it is actually just a saturated solution of Magnesium Chloride. (Vastly cheaper to make it yourself.) This can be rubbed or sprayed onto the skin. (Warning--it's almost impossible to rinse it off your hands.)
Dermal magnesium can be combined with oral.
Magnesium in the body is mostly "tied up" in cellular components, enzymes, and bone. That is why blood tests for magnesium are fairly useless; the Mg balance in the blood is kept in a fairly tight range, and if you are deficient the body will start raiding your bones and tissues for more Mg.
Because of this, it can take a long time to recover from magnesium depletion, no matter what the blood tests say. (There is an obscure test using cheek cell swabs that some claim is a better evaluation of Mg status, but I'm not sure how well-researched it is.) Some claim that you need to expose the body to excess Mg for 12-24 months to fully reload the body's tissues. As long as your bowels can handle it, there doesn't seem to be much downside.