A good night’s rest can make anyone feel fresh, energetic, and bright. But achieving these feelings can be difficult if you’re having trouble sleeping. Difficulty sleeping, or insomnia, is a common problem throughout the US. As many as 70% of adults report one poor night of sleep a month, and 11% report insufficient sleep every night. Technology is also posing new challenges to how and when we rest, often interrupting or preventing sleep. (1)
Remedies for poor sleep are plentiful and vary widely in efficacy, cost, and ease of use. Magnesium, though a lesser-known aid for those suffering from insomnia, is definitely one of the few therapies that will avoid breaking the bank, but can help you fall and stay asleep.
Sleep has an enormous impact on our overall health and well-being. Sure, you may be able to ‘slog through’ a difficult day after a sleepless night, but repeated and continued loss of sleep can harm you long-term. Most notably, sleep problems increase the risk of infection, heart disease, weight gain, diabetes, motor vehicle accidents, workplace injury, depression, anxiety, and infertility.
Oppositely, getting at least eight hours of sleep will reduce your risk of these illnesses and injuries. As well, improved memory, focus, mood, and libido is typically experienced after a good doze. (2)
The best cure for sleep deprivation, and to reduce your risk illness, is to obtain more sleep. Depending on the extent of missed sleep, some people can require weeks to months of additional sleep to fully recover. Be patient with yourself and allow for this time!
If falling or staying asleep is challenging and the cause of your insomnia, then seeking help to sleep from outside the bedroom may be a fundamental component of your recovery. Help can come in many forms, from bettering your sleep hygiene to using a sound machine, and can have varying effects among individuals. (2) Yet, magnesium can offer benefits to a wide range of people globally, as reflected in sleep research. (3) Though magnesium is often overlooked, this nutrient is an effective remedy for sleeplessness, whether you have trouble falling or staying asleep.
Alone or as a complement to other therapies, magnesium can improve an individual’s ability to fall asleep, quality of sleep, and quality of life. (3, 4) Positive sleep outcomes from magnesium are hypothesized to be the result of reduced inflammation and oxidative stress, both factors associated with disruptive sleep, after magnesium consumption. Additionally, magnesium is thought by experts to act as a chemical trigger for two internal sleep systems. (3) Magnesium has been tested among a wide range of populations, but the best effects with this treatment have observed among women, those struggling with substance addiction, and the elderly. (3, 4, 5)
The only adverse effect noted from magnesium use to improve sleep is stomach pain. Yet, research participants had pain after exclusively using oral magnesium, which can be difficult to digest, and not a topical/spray form of magnesium. (4) By absorbing the magnesium via the skin over the stomach, digestive upset can be avoided.
If still unsure or considering using magnesium as apart of a larger treatment plan, speak with your doctor. No person should be denied the simple pleasure and important benefits of a good night’s sleep. Magnesium could definitely be your means of achieving sleep or other health-related goals.
Some of you may already know, years ago, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
I can still recall what it felt like to have my life change overnight…
I went from an Executive Director of a non-profit organization, running marathons, rock climbing, hiking canyons and kayaking to being completely bedridden and staring at a wall for 15 hours a day.
Of course, I went to see many doctors but unfortunately I didn’t find the help I needed. So, I had to set off on my own journey to learn my true path to healing.
I’d pretty much turned-over every rock trying to find relief for my pain, sleep issues and a myriad of other symptoms…
Fast-forward 18 years.
I was determined to climb one of the true wonders of the natural world, Machu Picchu, the mystical home of the Incas in Peru.
It was there, after a grueling day when my feet, knees, legs, and lower back hurt so bad, that I thought I would have to abandon hopes of our next climb which was Rainbow Mountain! That night I pulled out a little spray bottle of “aceite de magnesio” that a friend had given me before I left on my trip.
What the heck, I thought. I was desperate. And I applied it all over my body before bed.
Because of the grueling day, I woke up expecting to be immobilized, but instead we were off to climb Rainbow Mountain and…I was totally pain-free!
I know it sounds impossible, but it’s 1000% the truth.