Experiencing a Restless Sleep?
Do you ever find that you’re unable to sleep at night? A restless body and a wandering mind can be common triggers for poor sleep and may lead to lasting problems with your sleep schedule and general wellbeing. To fall asleep peacefully, your mind and body both need to be in a relaxed state. Magnesium supplements may be a helpful tool to getting a full night of much-needed rest, as well as providing other health benefits.
What is Magnesium?
Magnesium is one of the 24 essential vitamins and minerals human bodies need to maintain optimal functioning. Magnesium supplements are known to activate neurotransmitters that are responsible for keeping the mind and body in a calm state, relaxing muscles, and transferring signals from the brain to the proper nerves. In fact, not enough of this supplement can cause troubled sleep, insomnia, or other conditions like muscle cramps, poor digestion, or brain fog. Low levels of magnesium can also create an imbalance in other minerals, leading to chronic mineral deficiencies.
Magnesium helps regulate the sleep hormone, melatonin, which guides sleep-wake cycles in your body. When melatonin levels are balanced, it triggers your brain to wake when the sun comes up and sleep when the sun goes down. Without adequate levels of melatonin, your sleep schedule can become scattered, likely resulting in poor sleep patterns that may be difficult to escape. Magnesium helps calm the nervous system down so it can work more efficiently, while contracting muscles, producing energy and protein, and helping you de-stress for a full night of rest.
Adequate Levels of Magnesium
The recommended daily intake of magnesium is 310-360mg for women and 400-420mg for men. Magnesium is one of the most common minerals on earth and is present in many foods, like green vegetables, nuts, cereals, meat, and fatty fish. Consuming magnesium-rich foods is shown to have a greater impact on your body than consuming supplements, however, you will need to consume large amounts of mineral-rich foods to reach the recommended daily intake. A study showed that adults with insomnia who took a 250mg daily dose of magnesium were shown to have improved sleep patterns within days of starting a regimen. This not only improved their ability to sleep but also their quality of sleep.
Taking magnesium may be right for you if you have trouble sleeping, feel restless at night, and/or experience a wandering mind before bed. Consult with a trusted healthcare provider to see if this supplement is the right supplement for you. Taking magnesium may bring you one step closer to finally getting the peaceful sleep that your body craves.
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