Most adults complain about not being able to get a good night’s sleep, and many are officially diagnosed with insomnia. What exactly causes insomnia and how can it be treated? The National Institute of Health lists the following symptoms as signs of insomnia:
- Lie awake for a long time before you fall asleep
- Sleep for only short periods
- Be awake for much of the night
- Feel as if you haven’t slept at all
- Wake up too early
With all the demands and stressors of modern society, it’s definitely difficult to “turn” your thoughts off at night as you try to go to sleep. Many studies have shown that supplementing with magnesium can help many who suffer from insomnia or sleeping problems. Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxer and can facilitate achieving a good night’s rest without the grogginess associated with many over the counter and prescription sleep aids.
In a recent study, German scientists found that magnesium could help “an improved physiological regulation of the sympathetic and parasympathetic efferents … for example, restlessness, irritability, lack of concentration, sleep disorder or depression.” (1) Magnesium also manages the hormone melatonin, which regulates sleep rhythms.(2).
Scientifically, magnesium binds to neurotransmitters which are responsible for quieting down nerve activity. It is the same neurotransmitter used by sleep drugs like Ambien (3). Slowing down the nervous system and mind is a natural part of falling asleep so you can relax into a natural sleep routine.
A basic magnesium deficiency can also be the root of sleep issues, and even create side effects such as anxiety or depression since your muscles and nervous system are not receiving adequate amounts of the mineral to regulate relaxation. If you have trouble sleeping or chronic insomnia, try starting with one caplet of Mag-Tab®SR in the morning and another at night. You can build up your dosage as necessary unless you have kidney issues (if you do have kidney problems please consult with a physician before taking mag-Tab®SR).
As for the basics, magnesium is involved in over 300 physiological processes — it’s essential for bone health, nerve and muscle function, protein synthesis, and more. If you aren’t getting enough magnesium, you could be at risk for osteoporosis and heart disease, as well as potentially anxiety and nervous-system disorders. And chances are if you are taking a multivitamin- it contains magnesium oxide which the body does not absorb very well. Magnesium Oxide has a 2% absorption rate and that’s based on published clinical data compared to 41% for Mag-Tab SR. Mag-Tab®SR has the highest rate of absorption as its slow release formulation allows for the maximum amount of magnesium to reach your lower intestine, where the body is able to take in the most, and properly work on solving deficiency issues.
- Long-term HRV analysis shows stress reduction by magnesium intake
- Biorhythms and possible central regulation of magnesium status, phototherapy, darkness therapy and chronopathological forms of magnesium depletion.
- Bottom-Up versus Top-Down Induction of Sleep by Zolpidem Acting on Histaminergic and Neocortex Neurons.