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. Could this be it?
I started all of us on magnesium immediately. I began using Magnesium Lotion for the kids from Real Traditions (sadly, no longer available, but there are still decent options on Amazon). 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*
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 magnesium lotion so much that Barry says “Don’t you dare run out of that.” I won’t!
The magnesium 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, 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.