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.
Most people have heard of or know about the mineral Magnesium. Whether the benefits and importance of this super mineral are also known to you is quite another matter.
There are 2 ways to get magnesium into the body, orally (by mouth) and transdermally (through the skin)
benefits of magnesium
To mention just a few:
- relaxes tight muscles
- gives pain relief
- eases headaches
- calms restless legs
- reduces cramps
- improves heart health
- promotes a vibrant love life
- contributes to strong bones and teeth
- improves general health
Magnesium is commonly taken orally and there are many forms. Some examples are magnesium chloride, magnesium citrate, magnesium orotate, magnesium carbonate, magnesium oxide, magnesium sulphate and magnesium lactate.
Elemental magnesium and bioavailability are key words to watch for when choosing a magnesium type and the concentration of elemental magnesium varies greatly. A 1,000mg (1 gram) tablet of Magnesium Oxide may contain 60% of elemental magnesium but the bioavailability to the body is only 4%.
On the other hand Magnesium Citrate contains Elemental Magnesium 16% and bioavailability 90% so this is a good form to consume.
Bio availability to the body varies greatly but you are unlikely to find this information on any bottle of product. Many varieties will be only about 4% bio available to the body. a secondary consideration is magnesium needs to stay in the system for 12 hours to disperse. Often a bowel movement will occur during this time, reducing the benefits of oral magnesium.
Enter Magnesium Chloride the king of Magnesium. Magnesium chloride is a unique form and is transdermal. That means magnesium enters the body via the skin. When taking magnesium orally, the digestive system can be upset if too much is taken and diarrhea can result. As magnesium needs to stay in the body for 12 hours, diarrhea would result in magnesium leaving to body too quickly for benefits to occur.
An excellent way to build up magnesium stores is to apply Magnesium in a gel or oil form daily. Magnesium Oil is simply magnesium chloride powder dissolved in purified water. Distilled drinkable water is ideal and can be purchased at a cheap price from supermarkets. The liquid has an oily feel which is where the name magnesium oil comes from. It is not an oil at all.
Magnesium Oil is usually applied or sprayed on the body and left. Some people find this a bit sticky or initally the oil can sting a little. Many doctors who specialize in Magnesium chloride maintain the stinging is a sign the body is deficient in magnesium and as the supplies in the body build the stinging will cease. Skin can also dry when using magnesium oil daily, leaving it on.
Magnesium Gel Forte is an excellent and comfortable way to use and gain the benefits of magnesium chloride. Again not all magnesium gels are equal. MiSMo has made magnesium gel into a body lotion product which gives the benefits of magnesium chloride as well as moisturizing the skin.
Magnesium is present is every cell of the body so please be aware of the good turn you will be doing for your body when you supplement with this magic mineral.