I am now 9 days into our gym’s Real Food Challenge and it’s been a real eye-opener. Not only has going gluten-free and processed-foods-free given me much more energy, but I’ve also gained some crazy imagination when it comes to my dreams.
At a health and nutrition lecture a few months ago, our head coach Judah (who has a Master’s degree in pharmacology & toxicology and teaches nutrition at the collegiate level) spoke highly about a supplement called ZMA that he takes before sleep. Here’s the Wikipedia entry for ZMA:
ZMA (Zinc monomethionine and aspartate and Magnesium Aspartate) is a supplement used primarily by athletes, gymnasts, and bodybuilders. It is most often used as a recovery aid; most notably, studies show that ZMA helps the body achieve deeper levels of REM sleep.
As a mother of two young kids, I’m always looking to get better sleep so I ordered some ZMA using Amazon Prime and had it in my hands two days later. If deeper levels of REM sleep means insane dreams and lack of sleep because you’re too busy dreaming up those crazy dreams, it totally worked for me.
Exhibit A: the first time I took ZMA I woke up exhausted because I had been too busy dreaming about random people in my life having babies and CrossFitting while they were 42 weeks pregnant (I blame this article on that dream). I figured it may have been a fluke since it was the first time I had taken ZMA.
Fast forward to Exhibit B: a few weeks ago I tried to give ZMA another shot on a Friday night when I knew I could nap the next day if I didn’t sleep well. Again, another night filled with VIVID dreams. This time, I had decided to harbor Aaron Hernandez in our home. I was hiding a fugitive in my home, next to my two young children, because he was a fellow Gator alum (I told y’all the Gator bond is strong). The dream was so lucid that I had even worked out details on how he was going to keep up with his clean cut hairdo (I arranged to sneak my longtime hairdresser in to take care of him). Fast forward to 7am and I woke up, slightly panicked that Aaron Hernandez was asleep in our guest room.
The good news? He wasn’t, he is still in jail. The bad news? ZMA didn’t help me sleep except for giving me some crazy vivid dreams and making me even more tired than usual.
The moral of this story is supplements don’t work the same for everyone. Also, if you’re looking to have some memorable dreams, give ZMA a shot.