How does magnesium help you sleep better?
Our bodies function based on responses generated by our nervous system. Sleep is induced as result of a complex mix of hormones and neurotransmitters that allow the transfer of chemicals between your brain and the nervous system. Essentially, all systems work together to activate areas which induce sleep. Proper functioning of these systems is maintained and replenished via nutrients like magnesium.
Magnesium is a common nutrient found in our body and is required for enzymes used in the synthesis of neurotransmitters (Nielsen 2015). Magnesium also tends to promote physiological responses when it combines with the γ-amino butyric acid (GABA) receptor in the nervous system.
Magnesium works alongside melatonin – hormone produced by the body to maintain sleep-wake cycles. Research has shown that enhancement of the GABA receptor may have an effect on your sleep quality.
Magnesium deficiency has been associated with sleeping disorders and may contribute to stress, sleep deprivation and other diseases such as diabetes mellitus (Nielsen 2015). Accumulating evidence suggests that chronic disorders such as sleep deprivation are largely observed in older adults. Chronic stress may decrease body’s magnesium (Murck 2002, Rondanelli, Opizzi et al. 2011). Chronic insomnia also affects daytime functioning and can make you feel fatigue, irritable and affect your memory (Murck 2002).
Survey data suggests that magnesium deficiency in humans affects the sleep quality and may cause prolonged sleep-deprivation, in turn affecting your physical and mental health. Magnesium can be used as a supplement to improve sleep quality and allow better functioning of the body.
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