Does magnesium help you sleep?

Magnesium is one of our body’s 24 essential vitamins and minerals, playing a critical role in our health. It activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for getting you calm and relaxed, by regulating neurotransmitters. It also regulates melatonin in the body, which is the hormone that regulates our circadian rhythm.

Sleep disturbances are a common symptom of magnesium deficiency. People with low magnesium often experience restless sleep and often wake throughout the night.

Maintaining healthy magnesium levels can lead to deeper, more sound sleep. It can also help with sleep disorders such as restless-leg syndrome. Taking magnesium supplements is a great way to keep your levels up. However, there are insufficient studies that have directly tested the effect of magnesium supplements on sleep disturbances, making it hard to recommend specific amounts. We would recommend taking 100-350mg a day.

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