I’ve finally been able to drop off to sleep after lying in bed tossing and turning for what feels like hours. For whatever reason, I am awake again and its only 1am. My mind starts to whir and it is hard to try and get back to sleep. I eventually close my eyes and succumb to sleep only to wake to the alarm feeling I’ve hardly had an ounce of sleep all night. I feel exhausted and not well rested at all.
If this scenario is something you experience on a regular basis then perhaps it might be time to explore the reasons why this might be happening and then consider adding the mineral Magnesium into your evening ritual.
Now you might be wondering why should I consider this and how exactly will Magnesium help me to sleep? Well here’s a couple of reasons.
Studies have found magnesium helps to decrease cortisol, which is also known as the “stress hormone.” In other words, cortisol is the flight or fight response your body produces when it feels threatened or under stress. Because Magnesium is able to decrease this chemical reaction, stress is then reduced which in turn can induce feelings of sleepiness and comfort which then helps to promote sleep.
In addition to decreasing cortisol, the sleep doctor adds, “Magnesium plays a role in supporting deep, restorative sleep by maintaining healthy levels of GABA (Gamma-amino butyric acid is an amino acid in the body that acts as a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system. It limits nerve transmission, inhibiting nervous activity), a neurotransmitter that promotes sleep.”
Another factor to consider, is muscle tension or cramps keeping you up at night? If so, this could indicate your body is low in magnesium. Muscle relaxant is vital for a good night sleep. Keeping your Magnesium levels topped up will ensure painful muscle cramps don’t happen. Tip – Apply MiSMo’s Magnesium Gel Forte with MSM roller bottle before going to bed and keep close on your bedside table.
If you’re looking for something to “knock you out”, Magnesium is not it, but it WILL help you to feel relaxed which in turn can lead to a better sleep. As an extra bonus, by using this mineral daily your health and well-being will be bolstered thanks to the many and varied health benefits it has to offer.
Unfortunately, there is a significant percentage of adults that are magnesium deficient. Some research indicates up to 90%. This is a worry given the vital
impact magnesium plays in the body. Upwards of 300 processes in the body according to studies. This is due to a few reasons, a couple of which include
soil degradation, environmental pollution and a swing in diets towards more processed foods. All of which have drastically reduced the amount of magnesium
we are able to absorb and use.
According to Dr. Carolyn Dean:
“Magnesium is farmed out of the soil much more than calcium… A hundred years ago, we would get maybe 500 milligrams of magnesium in an ordinary
diet. Now we’re lucky to get 200 milligrams.”
Stress also plays a big role and effects how our bodies absorb the mineral. With a 2015 Stress and Wellbeing survey conducted by the Australian Psychology
Society reporting lower levels of general wellbeing and higher levels of stress, depression and anxiety symptoms, it’s no wonder many Australians could
be having trouble maintaining their magnesium supplies.
Without the correct amount of daily magnesium people can experience symptoms like muscle cramps, anxiety and high blood pressure just to list a few. Fatigue
and low energy levels can also be an indication that perhaps your Magnesium levels are deficient among other symptoms.
While certain foods like seaweed and green leafy vegetables like spinach are an excellent source of magnesium, as are some beans, nuts, and seeds, like
pumpkin, sunflower, and sesame seeds, as mentioned earlier due to different farming practices they just don’t contain enough of the valuable mineral to
ensure you are getting the required daily intake.
With this in mind, magnesium supplements are an effective way to boost your magnesium levels. There are many different types of Magnesium and different
ways to use Magnesium. There are oral supplements and transdermal Magnesium which is applied to the body in the form of a Magnesium Oil.
Magnesium Chloride is best known for its transdermal qualities. It’s a great
way to deliver an excellent boost while avoiding side effects like diarrhea associated with many of the oral magnesium supplements.
If you’re feeling any of the symptoms above it might be worth considering a Magnesium supplement. Having a chat to your healthcare professional about Magnesium
and how it might help you could also be a helpful conversation to consider.