A significant number of us, sapiens, suffer from a sleep disorder. While statistics for sleep disorders can be hard to ascertain, estimates say that over 40% of adults suffer from it. The causes and triggers can vary but if you suffer from long-term sleep disorders you need to pay attention to it. Lack of adequate, quality sleep is up there along with poor nutrition and lack of exercise as a primary cause of an ailment. If you frequently travel, especially across time zones, this can exacerbate the problem. As a solution, Melatonin supplements are commonly consumed.

Another mineral that has gained a lot of attention to addressing sleep disorders is magnesium. Magnesium is a critical mineral, and every cell in your body needs it. It aids in fighting inflammation and lowering your blood pressure. Also, it activates your parasympathetic system helping you feel calm and relaxed. It also regulates melatonin which manages your sleep-awake cycle. Magnesium also binds to your GABA receptors. Your GABA receptors are responsible for reducing neuronal excitability throughout the nervous system. The effect of your GABA receptors being activated helps you fall asleep.

The symptoms of poor sleep include having cold hands and feet, frequent cramps and twitching. Of course, the inability to get good nights sleep despite a lack of distractions. An easy solution would be to start a magnesium supplement. Personally, I am a believer in sourcing vitamins and minerals naturally from your diet. The foods that have the highest levels of magnesium include spinach, banana, chard, pumpkin seeds, yoghurt, almonds, avocado and dark chocolate. I can’t see anyone complaining about adding these to your diet.

If you feel you are sleep deprived, try adding magnesium to your diet. You may just end up thanking me for your baby sleep. At least in your dreams!


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.

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