Most of us know that sleep is important! Even for those high achievers who may feel that sleep is boring and they have better things to do. The fact remains that we simply can’t work, rest or play as well without good, quality sleep.
To understand how Magnesium can help you with sleep, let’s look at what’s going on inside the body, because there’s a few internal factors that affect sleep. Knowing how they all team up to help you sleep properly will give you a better understanding of how to get the proper rest you need.
The Nervous System
It all starts here. Your nervous system is made up of neurotransmitters that send electrical signals between the nerve cells and tell them whether to be on guard and stand to attention, or to relax if things are safe. They generally fall into two categories: Excitatory and Inhibitory.
The excitatory neurotransmitters increase the rate or likelihood of neurons firing (allowing you to both think and move quicker). They are the party animals of the neurotransmitters. The inhibitory neurotransmitters, however, slow things down and decrease the likelihood of neurons firing. Your body also has hormones that work in conjunction with your nervous system to communicate different things to your body. Let’s look at some of the ones that affect your ability to sleep.
The Stress Hormones
You have three major stress hormones working in your body: adrenaline, cortisol, and norepinephrine.
In times of stress, your brain kicks the adrenal gland into action, telling it to release adrenaline and cortisol. They have the duty of keeping you alert and full of energy.
Cortisol also works to “chill out” some of the not-so-crucial system functions--such as reproductive drive, the immune system, digestion function and growth. This allows the rest of your body to be ready for action.
Norepinephrine’s job is to help you stay focused and responsive. It tells your blood flow to shift away from non-critical areas, like the skin, to places like your muscles (preparing to fight or run).
High levels of these hormones make it naturally difficult to relax, let alone sleep. They are designed to do just the opposite.
The Sleep Hormone
Melatonin is the hormone that helps control your sleep cycles. It is affected by your body-clock and by light. Your system recognises when it starts to get dark in the evening and increases your melatonin levels, telling your brain that it’s sleepy time. It then decreases those levels in the early morning as it gets brighter again.
The Effects of Magnesium on Sleep and Hormones
In December 2012, the US National Institute of Health released a research paper outlining the effects of magnesium on sleep. Their study showed that having adequate levels of magnesium assists with being able to get to sleep quicker, and having a better quality of sleep, which is vital for allowing your body to recover.
Magnesium does this by inhibiting the excitatory signals and calming your nervous system, allowing you to de-stress, relax, recover and sleep. It’s the responsible one that turns off the party music and tells everyone to go home for the night!!
Magnesium’s Key Functions:
- Increases the sleep hormone: melatonin
- Regulates the stress hormones: adrenaline, cortisol, and norepinephrine.
- Relaxes muscles
- Eases aches and pains
With the right levels of magnesium in your system, your natural hormones get to do their jobs properly. They rely on magnesium to support them in their work and to help them do a better job of looking after your body. Thankfully, there are many ways you can boost your body’s magnesium supply.
Increasing Your Magnesium Intake
Eating enough of the foods that are high in magnesium can be a difficult task. Our soils (and therefore our foods) simply don’t contain enough of it compared to a century ago. You’d need to be eating copious amounts of the right foods in order to get enough of the minerals you need.
Magnesium supplements or tablets should be researched before purchasing as there are many MANY different types. Manufacturers of magnesium supplements often combine other ingredients to target specific issues.
For example, someone with acid reflux may choose to take Magnesium Oxide, whereas someone looking for a more general magnesium supplement to assist with immune function might take Magnesium Orotate.
They all have different bioavailability rates, which is the percentage that is actually absorbed and used by your body. With oral supplements, these rates can vary from around 4% to 50%, and much of the mineral is lost in the gastrointestinal tract. So you can see, there is a lot to consider when choosing which one is right for you!
Magnesium Bath Salts - One of my favourites!! There is nothing better than unwinding in a relaxing bubble bath with ample salts. Epsom salts, magnesium chloride flakes, dead sea salts, Himalayan pink rock salt - I’m an avid fan of using ALL of them! They each contain different combinations and levels of minerals. Throwing in a bit of bi-carb also helps to soften the water and increase the absorption of the minerals.
Magnesium Oil Spray is regarded as the most convenient, cost effective, and bioavailable forms of supplementation. It is a soluble form of Magnesium Chloride, and is water-based rather than being an “oil”. You simply apply it to the skin via direct spray, or from your hand, and rub onto your skin.
Not Just for Sleep
No matter what type of specific issue that you are using Magnesium Oil for, you will benefit in countless additional ways. It revitalises more than just your nervous system. Most of your body’s organs and functions are also dependant on Magnesium to operate at their best, i.e., muscles, energy, joints, skin, digestion, heart, respiratory system and more.
So many people are experiencing the difference that this all natural, simple solution can make - try it out for yourself! Or get it for someone you believe would benefit from it. There’s no better gift than better sleep and better health. Click here to order our Magnesium Oil Spray today.