Part 1 – Magnesium
The are many benefits of magnesium, but the one we’ll focus on here is quality of sleep.
Magnesium has a calming effect on our bodies. Our nervous system works in two different ways- the sympathetic nervous system is responsible for us being “on”. Alertness, fight or flight mechanisms and so on. The parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for us being able to “turn off” and get into a restful state.
When we are deficient in magnesium the sympathetic nervous system can take over- resulting in longer time to fall asleep, frequent awakening, and overall poor sleep quality.
Without going too far into sleep quality and stages of sleep- if your sleep is short or interrupted you are not getting as much HGH release as you could be, your body won’t be recovering optimally, learning and memory will be affected.
Bottom line- sleep is important and supplementing magnesium can help. You might also have some pretty wild dreams!
Symptoms of magnesium deficiency
- Muscle spasms and cramps
- Anxiety or depression
- High blood-pressure, or hypertension
- Poor sleep quality
- Low energy
- Poor bone health
Foods High in Magnesium
- Leafy greens
- Whole grains
- Dried Fruit
- Dark Chocolate
Stay tuned for Parts 2 & 3.