Can magnesium solve your sleep problems?

(adapted from Natural Health Magazine November 2018 issue).

Lack of sleep can create a vicious cycle during which tiredness causes us to make increasingly poor food choices. Research suggests that impaired sleep contributes to increased insulin insensitivity and cravings for high fat, high sugar foods which in turn may reduce overall energy and productivity levels.

Responsible for over 300 processes in the body, magnesium is particularly beneficial in muscle and nerve relaxation. It plays a role in energy maintenance and heart function. Crucially, magnesium offers the tandem benefit of preparing both the mind and body for sleep.

Relieving muscle tension: magnesium relaxes us by promoting the release of muscle tension. This is why the mineral is often recommended for exercise recovery and why magnesium deficiency is linked to muscle cramps and twitches. Removing tension helps us sleep more soundly.

Magnesium quiets a busy mind: it brings about restorative sleep by maintaining healthy levels of GABA, a sleep-promoting neurotransmitter. It also helps quiet the little niggling stresses that keep us up and night by calming the nervous system.

Moreover, stress has been identified as the cause of sleep disturbance by 53% of people experiencing it. It makes sense that if we want to sleep better, we need to target the nutrient deficiencies that contribute to stress.

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