The chances are YES
Studies have shown that as many as 70% of the UK population could have low magnesium levels causing many symptoms such as insomnia, fatigue, mood swings and migraines. Whilst magnesium is found in food like brown rice, green leafy vegetables, beans, avocados, almonds and dark chocolate, the majority of us don't get enough of the amount we need. Serious health problems such as High blood pressure, diabetes, heart attacks, heart failure and strokes can be linked to long term sleep deprivation.
So how does a lack of magnesium reduce our quality of sleep?
Magnesium is key to allow you to take protein and convert it into the chemicals that help you feel sleepy. It increases a chemical neurotransmitter in the brain called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which stimulates relaxation as well as sleep. Magnesium also helps regulate melatonin which helps to control your sleeping patterns.
Restless legs and Magnesium
Restless legs syndrome (RLS) causes you to uncontrollably move your legs because of an uncomfortable sensation. Typically happening in the evening when sitting or lying-in bed which can dramatically disrupt your sleep. Some cases of RLS can be contributed to a magnesium deficiency. Magnesium helps the muscles to relax because of its calcium-blocking abilities which help regulate the nerves and muscles instead of letting calcium “activate” the nerves.
When to take magnesium for sleep?
If you are taking a magnesium supplement to help you sleep, we would always recommend taking 1-2 Healtharena Magnesium capsules 1-2 hours before going to bed.