There is a strong link between insomnia and magnesium deficiency especially in women. Magnesium is one of the 24 essential vitamins and minerals and its super powers have for many years been under-rated.
Magnesium is a mood stabilizer, bone builder, muscle relaxer and most importantly sleep promoter.
- Magnesium helps people to sleep more deeply with fewer wakings. Those who take magnesium report that they sleep more soundly.
- It supports the restorative process of sleep by joining forces with a sleep-promoting neuro-transmitter known as GABA.
- Magnesium reduces the symptoms of Restless-Leg Syndrome which often interfere with sleep quality.
- It also helps to relieve muscle pains in adults and growing pains in children.
- Magnesium relieves the symptoms of anxiety which can be linked to difficulty with sleep onset.
Could adding some magnesium to your life improve your sleep?
If you are deficient (which many stressed people are) then the answer is yes.
Foods rich in magnesium include:
- Dark leafy greens
- Seeds and nuts
- Squash, broccoli and other vegetables
- Dairy products
However, to be sure you are getting enough, you may want to add a magnesium supplement to your daily routine.
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It’s not just Ariana Huffington filling our news feeds with sleep advice. Gwyneth Paltrow, also known as the Queen of ‘You-Won’t-Believe-This-One’ Fads has recently released a new book called ‘Goop Clean Beauty’ that is filled with an interesting mix of sleep advice.
The concept of ‘clean sleeping’ is nothing new really. It involves prioritising sleep to ensure you get your health-promoting 7-9 hours every day. Whilst 2016 saw many become ‘clean eating’ followers, 2017 may just be the year that sleeping well becomes cooler than staying up late.
Gwen’s clean sleep advice includes sleeping on a copper-infused pillow slip; taking a magnesium supplement just before bed; wearing heated socks and maintaining a 12-hour fasting window.
Most of her sleep advice is well-researched. For example, magnesium has been known as a muscle-relaxer for hundreds of years. However, other bits are rather odd: Does sleeping on a copper-infused pillow translate to copper ions passing through your skin and entering your bloodstream? It’s unlikely, but those who follow Gwen are sure to give it a go.
Whoever is saying it, the truth is, sleep is good for you. We hope your sleep is clean and you wake up feeling fresh!
Image source: Elle Australia, Clean Sleeping will be the biggest health trend of 2017, according to Gwyneth Paltrow