This article is adapted from Natural Vitality’s CALMFUL LIVING online magazine, with permission.
See original post here: Support Restful Sleep with Magnesium and Melatonin
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: giving yourself a sufficient amount of restful sleep is one of the best things you can do for your body. Last week, we mentioned how insomnia and insufficient sleep can lead to muscle soreness, and this week we’ll share everything you need to know about healthy shut-eye, and how Calmful Sleep can help you achieve your most restful and refreshing night of sleep yet!
What’s the Connection Between Magnesium and Healthy Sleep?
Even for the healthiest among us, a good night’s sleep can be hard to nail down. Maybe one or two days a week you manage to get a few more hours than normal and wake feeling rested, but chances are the rest of the week you’re not so lucky.
A study published in 2018 revealed that nearly one-third of those surveyed are sleeping fewer than six hours each night, and it can take a toll on our health. In the short term, too little sleep makes us less alert, affects our memory, and makes us moody and lethargic.
Prolonged lack of sleep may impact body weight, immune health, blood pressure, and heart health.
How much sleep does the average adult need?
The National Sleep Foundation recently updated its recommendations for sleep duration. While children and teens need more and older adults need slightly less, the average adult should get between 7 and 9 hours of quality sleep every night.
What role does magnesium play in healthy sleep?
Magnesium is a critically important mineral for hundreds of processes throughout the body. Because magnesium plays a role in nerve function, maintaining adequate levels of magnesium is also important in relation to neurotransmitters like GABA. GABA (Gamma-aminobutyric acid) is associated with calming nerve activity in the brain. Magnesium is an ally of GABA production.
Where does magnesium come from?
We get magnesium from our diet—primarily by eating plenty of dark, leafy greens, nuts (especially almonds), seeds, legumes, avocados, and dairy products. If you, like ⅓ of Canadians, have trouble getting enough magnesium from the foods you eat, you may want to consider taking a daily magnesium supplement.
What about Melatonin?
Melatonin is a hormone produced within the body. It is secreted by the pineal gland to help regulate our circadian rhythm—the natural 24-hour cycle our bodies follow that not only tells us when it’s time to eat, sleep, and wake but also influences other important bodily functions.
That being said, melatonin is what makes us feel sleepy when we get closer to bedtime each night, because that’s when the pineal gland produces the most melatonin. (During the day, our melatonin levels are naturally lower so we can be more alert.)
What happens when the body doesn’t produce enough? What can alter your melatonin production?
If your body doesn’t produce enough melatonin, you may have trouble falling asleep at night. Some of the most common reasons for low melatonin production include not getting enough natural sunlight, and exposure to blue light from devices such as smartphones and laptop computers…which must be at an all time high given many of our working from home situations!
Using Calmful Sleep, The Natural Sleep Aid
Like we said, getting enough good-quality rest each night is one of the greatest things you can do for your health.
Calmful Sleep starts with magnesium carbonate and magnesium glycinate to support healthy functioning of the brain and nervous system, relax muscles, and provide support for hundreds of processes throughout the body.
Because Calmful Sleep was designed for those times when you need a little help getting enough rest, we also added a blend of sleep-promoting nutrients, including Suntheanine® (a patented premium form of the relaxing amino acid l-theanine), GABA (a non-protein amino acid), and melatonin, which helps the body ease into restful sleep.
Sweetened with organic stevia, Calmful Sleep supports healthy magnesium levels and can be used for the occasional times we need sleep support. Have your flavored drink before bed, and enjoy the wave of calm and relaxation. Plus, you’ll love the delicious wildberry flavor!