Just because nearly half of all Americans occasionally have trouble falling asleep or staying that way doesn’t mean sleeplessness is normal. If you are one of the many who face most days feeling under-rested because of poor sleep, magnesium may be the answer. It’s not a sleep aid per se, but magnesium calms nerves and relaxes muscles to help you get a good night of slumber—naturally.
What Does Magnesium Do?
Magnesium is needed by every living cell and is involved in over 600 biochemical functions in the human body, including making your heart beat, helping your nerves function, and relaxing your muscles. It’s a critical mineral that needs to be replenished daily. Unfortunately, getting enough magnesium via one’s diet is becoming increasingly difficult, most notably because the majority of crops are now grown in soil depleted in minerals. When you don’t take in enough of this mineral, stress, muscle cramps and insomnia can increase.
Relax Your Muscles
In order for your muscles to function properly, there needs to the right amount of both calcium and magnesium within them. Calcium is what makes muscle fibers contract, whereas magnesium is what allows them to relax. Without enough magnesium to balance the calcium, muscles remain tense, causing them to spasm and twitch. Upping your magnesium helps calm those muscles, and relaxed muscles can lead to better sleep.
Calm Your Mind
The delicate balance between calcium and magnesium extends well beyond your muscles. Too much calcium compared to magnesium can leave many cells in the body in a state of stimulation, making you feel nervous, anxious and ultimately sleepless. To make matters worse, this kind of stress response actually signals hormones to release magnesium into the blood and then excrete it through urine. In other words, magnesium deficiency causes stress, which then causes you to use up the little magnesium you do have—it’s a vicious cycle of magnesium deficiency, stress and insomnia.
For most people, using a variety of sources is the best way to get enough magnesium. You can’t overdose on magnesium. As with vitamin C, the body will excrete any excess. Eating magnesium-rich foods such as nuts, seeds and beans is a good practice, along with supplementing with Natural Vitality’s CalmTM to ensure you’re getting enough of this foundational mineral. Natural Vitality’s Calm features a proprietary formula that provides highly absorbable, water-soluble magnesium in ionic form (having molecular charge that allows the mineral to easily bond with water), so it is ready to go to work right away.
Adequate magnesium levels in the body translates to calmer, more relaxed sleep and a greater number of morning wake-ups feeling refreshed.