3 signs that low Magnesium might be affecting your sleep

man against wallAdequate and restful sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and can benefit your mind, mood, heart, weight and much more.

Professor Jürgen Vormann, a world-renowned nutritional expert says that low Magnesium levels are often associated with sleep problems and that many people are not getting the recommended daily requirement of Magnesium from their diet.

In Australia, a CSIRO study suggested that approximately 50% of all men and nearly 40% of all women are not getting enough Magnesium in their diet leading to Magnesium deficiency.

Magnesium has a beneficial calming effect on the nervous system, muscles and brain. Even a slight magnesium deficiency can prevent our body and brain from settling down at night, preventing restful sleep.

Signs that low Magnesium levels are affecting your sleep
  1. Restlessness, tossing and turning, or restless legs after going to bed.
  2. Persistent thoughts repeatedly running through your mind at night, from the day or about the future.
  3. Muscle cramps, aches, spasms or twitches keep you from getting a restful night.

You might even fall asleep easily, but wake up during the night and find it difficult to get back to sleep, for one or more of the three reasons above.

There are many factors that cause magnesium deficiency; diets low in seeds, whole grains and green leafy vegetables, too much coffee or alcohol, stress and anxiety, medications and excessive exercise can all contribute towards magnesium deficiency.

If you have any of these signs of poor sleep, it is best to see your local healthcare practitioner who can check your Magnesium Status. For a quick check, you can also take the Magnesium Minute Survey to find out if you have a magnesium imbalance which might be affecting your sleep.