I take magnesium Citrate at bedtime. I have been told that in addition to being a good laxative it is also effective in reducing the amount and/or severity of bad dreams and nightmares. Is there any evidence of this? I suffer from chronic pancreatitis as well as a form of neuropathy that effects my entire gastro/intestinal track.
Hi, actually a lot of people have reported that this can cause nightmares. There have been several cases that i've read about where people have suffered very badly, one quote "... I have nightmares that are out of this world". I'm sure it doesn't affect everyone like this, but just wanted to tell you what i've heard.
Hello JED353, & welcome to the site. this sounds more of what is called an old wives tales to me. I have never heard of magnesium citrate curing vivid nightmares. If you need a laxative all the time, magnesium oxide in pill form is better to take than the citrate. The magnesium citrate is pretty harsh on the bowel where the magnesium oxide in pill form actually justs put water in the colon to help soften the stool, as it should be anyway. You need to be drinking more water it sounds like for the bowel situation & eating lots of bulky fiber to help that situation. Actually I have heard that if you tummy is all cranky at night as in pancreatitis, that alone can cause some weird nightmares or dreams. It seems the rumbling around seems to cause this. I would stop the citrate, & go to taking more water in your diet, & much more fiber. If this doesn't help your constipation (assuming you have it)then try taking the magnesium oxide too.
It also helps with muscle & nerve health which is very important. Hope you get to feeling better & your nightmares abate soon...
No wive's tales but fact. I have been suffering from crazy nightmares and depression for years. Recently I discovered it is something genetic in one side of my family, and one member who has suffered from nightmares as much as I have, suggested that I try out the thing which helped her - a normal magnesium intake. Made sense since I suffer from leg cramps as well. And sure enough, it solved my nightmares. For nearly ten years I had no energy during the day due to terribly long nightmare nights. I am now a new person, less irritated, more goal focused. I wake up after actually getting good sleep! Miraculous for me. I hope that people who need it will discover it in time.
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