How can I get a better restful sleep?

woman against wall smallerOur energy levels, thoughts, feelings and performance all depend and on how well we sleep. Diet and lifestyle choices, stress and bedtime routine, when out of balance can cause sleep difficulties and insomnia. Researchers believe Magnesium deficiency might be a major underlying cause of sleep difficulties.

 Low magnesium levels may cause sleep problems

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

When we can’t mentally ‘shut-off’ from our day, we toss and turn with unwanted persistent worries, making it impossible to get the many health benefits of a deep and uninterrupted sleep.

 The first steps in getting a more restful sleep

 If you are not sleeping well, the first thing to check is your Magnesium levels. A healthcare practitioner is the best person to help test your magnesium status. You can also take the Magnesium Minute Survey to find out if you have a magnesium imbalance which might be affecting your sleep.

Other things which are important for a restful sleep is your sleep routine. Finding ways to promote relaxation can help calm your mind.  Eating healthy foods rich in Magnesium and minimising coffee and alcohol which cause Magnesium depletion will also help.

Some research suggests taking up to 400mg of magnesium in the highly bioavailable form every evening for at least 2-3 weeks should improve sleep. Not all magnesium supplements are equal when it comes to bioavailability.