Your body and mind need sleep, just as much as food or water. While depriving a person of food and drink for long periods would be considered criminal neglect, our jobs and responsibilities are chronically depriving us of sleep. There is a lack of appreciation for sleep in our hectic modern society, and those who indulge in hours of slumber are deemed sloths and layabouts while all night caffeine inspired work sessions are admired. As anyone who suffers from lack of sleep will tell you, there are serious detriments to not getting enough quality shut eye.
Difficulty sleeping can be caused by all sorts of things, making it the kind of vague symptom that can be nearly impossible to get to the bottom of. Many times, a traumatic life experience of the kind that induces prolonged stress can lead to jarring episodes of insomnia and restlessness. Other times, the root problem can be far more mundane – a lack of exercise, poor sleeping environment, or even a deficiency in certain vitamins and nutrients your body needs to get deep sleep.
With millions of people worldwide suffering from deficiencies in magnesium, it is no surprise that insomnia plagues modern man. Magnesium has long been known to be an important ingredient in healthy, natural sleep. Multiple studies have shown that not only are those lacking in this essential element more prone to sleeplessness, but that supplementation with magnesium is proven to help patients fall asleep more easily, and slumber more deeply than their deficient counterparts.1
While the exact mechanism of magnesium’s influence on sleep patterns is somewhat poorly understood, supplementation is anecdotally said to be extremely relaxing, inducing a state of calm and focus. While it won’t knock you out like hardcore sleeping pills are apt to do, a dose of magnesium is well known to put a person in a state of ease. Epsom salt baths have been used for decades for just these desired effects of relaxation and slight sedation. Nothing but magnesium sulfate named after a specific source in Surrey England, Epsom salts work on the same principle as our Magnesium oil. By absorbing magnesium transdermally (or through the skin), the body is given instant access to this all important nutrient.
If you have corrected any possible deficiencies and still find yourself tossing and turning at night, it might be time to try a few other time-honored remedies for insomnia. Melatonin is a popular compound, generally produced naturally by the body but also available in pill form. A hot bath and a glass of warm milk may be all it takes to drift off after a hard day’s work. The more simplistic your solution, the more practical and healthy it will likely be long-term.
Ultimately, lifestyle changes should help you overcome insomnia. One of the healthiest long term solutions is to take up early-morning jogging or lifting weights, as this will tire you out and help to relieve general fatigue. Changes in diet may also be warranted, and those who wish to forgo supplementation can find their daily magnesium requirement in green leafy vegetables and certain meats. But for those who find themselves still suffering after addressing diet and exercise, a consultation with your doctor is entirely warranted. Ultimately, a prescription for sleeping pills may be necessary if all else fails. If such a drastic measure is needed, make sure you read up on the possible side effects, and beware that many sleeping pills can creep up on you, causing insidious dependency. Healthy, natural slumber is always better than drugs, so make sure you exhaust other avenues before heading down the path of pharmaceuticals, doing so only when your lack of sleep is seriously affecting the quality of your life.
A deep, solid night of sleep does wonders for our health and happiness. If you are finding yourself restless, a sober assessment of your lifestyle, as well as any nutritional deficiencies that need addressing, is likely to lead to improvements in the situation. Whatever the problem, fixing it is incredibly important. Shakespeare called sleep “nature’s soft nurse”, and we all need a bit of restorative nursing in order to live life to the fullest.
- Held K,et al Oral Mg(2+) supplementation reverses age-related neuroendocrine and sleep EEG changes in humans. Pharmacopsychiatry. (2002)