that's pretty fascinating loriyas because i recommend oral magnesium to everyone that can't sleep (due to legs or otherwise). good that it soaks in through the skin also.
my mom used to wake up at 2am every night for years and recently i suggested 50mg mag morning and night and she has been sleeping through the night for two weeks, with the side benefit of "regularity".
my stepdad is usually up in the night too, and for years i know he's had "back pills" (voltarin?) kicking around. finally i connected the pain with the sleeplessness and bought him some 250mg mag pills to be taken at bed time (he was already taking 50s). he has done 250mg for two nights now, after some very physically active days which he says would normally cause a painful night, but he has slept through the past two nights pain free with only an occasional bathroom trip and back to sleep no problem.
sleeping aside, my brother had some facial twitches and heart palpitations last year, and i suggested a cal-mag-d3 blend to him which did sort him out. he is a financial advisor and it was "that time" of year, plus he had a first baby newly on the scene, so what with stress and his usual caffeine intake, he def needed to replenish those minerals.
cheer's husband was having trouble sleeping due to his painful muscle spasms, and with the addition of magnesium at bedtime, is doing much better now.
my throat-magnesium story is posted elsewhere. i imagine it's also responsible for my forearm spasticity finally backing off. i read the other day how calcium controls muscle contraction and magnesium controls the relaxing function, so that makes tons of sense too. also, my legs are not being "jimmy"! it has even helped with my breathing. i had a chest x-ray last year to figure out what the heck was in there, but i think it was just that i couldn't work my breathing muscles properly without a major magnesium boost. when i started taking it for my throat, my breathing troubles disappeared too. it also gets rid of menstrual cramps - makes sense, muscle relaxant.
arti who started this post has been on 250mg of magnesium morning and night for the last what, arti, week or so? with milk at bedtime for added tryptophan. he's been able to back off the sleep-aid drugs, and made it through a few nights (not every single one though, apparently the thought of fish is more powerful than his current dosage lol!).
i'm not sure if robbie has gone for the magnesium and zinc recommendation - if he has i've yet to find out if it was of any use at all!
you use natural calm at bed time too don't you, loriyas? in addition to epsom salts? do you find the oral mag does not help twitching legs in your case?
i might have missed one of the thisisms magnesium stories if anyone wants to chime in