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Sleep is an essential aspect of human life, and its importance cannot be overemphasized. A good night’s sleep can do wonders for your health and overall well-being, while poor sleep can lead to a wide range of problems, including fatigue, irritability, and even chronic illnesses. For World Sleep Day we wanted to highlight the importance of sleep and magnesium.
“Is there any major operation of your brain or any physiological system in your body that is not wonderfully enhanced when you get sleep or demonstrably impaired when you don’t get enough? ….so far the answer is no”- Matt Walker, Professor of Neuroscience at UC Berkeley
Magnesium for sleep
As you sleep, your skin’s blood flow increases, and the organ rebuilds its collagen, repairs damage from UV exposure, reducing wrinkles and age spots.
Magnesium is nature’s mineral sedative, helping to decompress the nervous system and regulate melatonin, which guides sleep-wake cycles in your body. Magnesium is also essential co-factor required for hundreds of cellular processes in the body, it helps protect skin from external damage by regulating cellular regeneration and repair and it helps to stabalise hormonal imbalances, including lowering cortisol levels which when increased can cause increased oil production in your skin glands and lead to clogged pores and acne breakouts.
A study conducted by UCLA researchers discovered that just a single night of insufficient sleep can make an older adults’ cells age quicker and The National Sleep Foundation survey, one of the first surveys in this field, found that 46% of women reported troubles with sleep almost every night.
Which magnesium is best for sleep and anxiety?
The form of magnesium which is frequently used in clinical research for studies that involve insomnia, sleep and anxiety is magnesium taurate. This form of magnesium is found to be more active in the brain than other forms of magnesium and has a higher rate of absorption than other types of magnesium.
Does magnesium make you sleepy?
While magnesium can help promote better sleep, it does not make you feel drowsy or sleepy. Instead, magnesium works by relaxing the body and mind, making it easier for you to fall asleep and stay asleep throughout the night. Signs that you may be low in magnesium include restless legs, waking frequently during the night, difficulty getting off to sleep, a busy mind, anxiety and tension, muscle aches and pains. So, the relationship between magnesium and sleep is deeply intertwined.
Read more about Magnesium and Sleep here.
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