I’ve mentioned several times on this blog how my children aren’t exactly good sleepers. Barry and I joke around that we haven’t really slept in almost 6 years. My Annie didn’t sleep through the night until she was over 4 years old. Four. Years. Old. FOUR. YEARS. OLD. I hated getting all the “does she sleep all night” questions…because really it made me want to lash out irrationally and poke someone’s eyeballs out. I’m just sayin’.
I read every. single. book out there. Really. Every single one. I thought each one would be a magic pill for me. Guess what? There is no magic pill.
For every single child in the world, there should be a sleep book – because each child is different. And there isn’t a box you can put your kids into…because they bust out of there – I’ve tried. Even with duct tape. Okay, that was a joke (for those of you who are way too serious and were dialing the police).
Annie would have nightmares – she would wake up randomly – she would get up to pee – she would sing – she would talk in her sleep – she would walk in her sleep. It was as though she was afraid that by being asleep she would miss some great world event.
I felt like something was going on with Annie that I just couldn’t figure out – no matter how many sleep diaries or food diaries I kept. I hate diaries.
Then I heard someone mention in passing that bad sleep could be a sign of magnesium deficiency. In fact, there are lots of signs of magnesium deficiency. Our soils are depleted of this mineral – so most of us aren’t getting the levels we need.
I started all of us on magnesium immediately. I began using Magnesium Lotion for the kids from Real Traditions. Magnesium oil is more easily absorbed through the skin and leads to less digestive issues…aka, you shouldn’t get the runs/trots/etc.
If you take too much magnesium by mouth, you can totally spend a good part of the day in the bathroom emptying out. Or so I’ve heard from OTHER PEOPLE. *Cough*
You could check out this post from Real Traditions about all the great things magnesium does for you – including helping with morning sickness.
I saw an immediate improvement with my kids. Immediately. Meaning, the same night. IMMEDIATELY, I SAID!!!! Can someone please PLEASE get excited that my kids are sleeping!? Thank you.
We love this lotion so much that Barry says “Don’t you dare run out of that.” I won’t!
The “lotion” is really thin and almost clear, so I usually apply it to the bottom of my kids’ feet right before I put on their socks…because it would be dumb to do it afterwards – around a dime sized amount daily. The bottle of lotion will last me well over a month with all three of my children. I think two months is more like it. How’s that for frugal!? Sometimes I apply it to their bellies. Because then I get to tickle them. And I’ll be honest, I’m into the tickle torture.
Also, I’ve noted that once my kids build up a good supply in their system and they are sleeping well, I can back off and not apply it every day. If they have a couple of bad nights in a row, I’ll apply the lotion again for a week and then we are all good once more! Hooray!
So…my kids are sleeping. Did I mention that? This lotion has done the trick for us – and on Instagram I’ve heard from several of you that it’s done the same thing. I’m so glad!!! 🙂
If you’d like to try making your own lotion (that’s something I just can’t add to my plate right now), Justyn offers a great tutorial on her blog for how to make your own magnesium lotion.
NOTE – this isn’t a cure all. It might not work for everyone. But it’s worked for us and I can’t keep it a secret! As a side note – I am normally good at keeping secrets…just so ya know.
SECOND NOTE – I’m not an affiliate with Real Traditions. I don’t make any money if your kids sleep. I just know how hard it is for parents when their kids aren’t sleeping…so, again. I can’t keep this a secret. I LOVE MAGNESIUM LOTION!!!!!