Sleep: an action that we do for a third of our life! During sleep, our body is busy repairing itself, restoring energy and even detoxifying itself! Thus, when our sleep gets cut short our body suffers physically and we can even suffer mentally. More than a third of Americans are not getting the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep leaving many looking for ways to improve their sleep! Switching your phone to night time mode, exercising and reducing blue light exposure are all very helpful in supporting sleep, certain nutrient deficiencies may be the cause of why you are not sleeping as well as you could be. In particular, magnesium has been shown to heavily influence sleep and even insomnia!
So, what even is Magnesium?
Magnesium is an alkaline earth metal. In the human body, magnesium is the eleventh most plentiful element by mass. Most magnesium contained in the body is found in the skeleton and teeth— 60% - 65%. Magnesium plays numerous roles in the body, such as supporting muscle and nerve function, energy production, and even supports hormone regulation and production. Thus, some scientists suspect that low levels of this mineral may disrupt nerve signaling and alter levels of sleep-inducing hormones such as melatonin.
Magnesium is a relatively new treatment recommendation for better sleep. Current research shows that adequate or additional magnesium levels can help put the body in a relaxed state and even improve symptoms of insomnia. Magnesium has been shown to help regulate neurotransmitters that are directly related to sleep. In a study of elderly individuals with insomnia, patients took 500 mg of magnesium daily for eight weeks. The patients reported falling asleep faster, and even sleeping longer. Increased
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