It’s hard to get a good night’s sleep without enough of the mineral Magnesium because Magnesium facilitates sleep-regulating melatonin (sleep hormone) production.
Studies have shown that magnesium helps you get a deep and restful sleep. Magnesium also relieves the muscle tension that can prevent restful sleep and activates GABA, the main inhibitory neurotransmitter of the central nervous system, and so activation of GABA(A) receptors favors sleep.
Most Americans do not get their RDA of this mineral and it’s difficult to get enough from diet alone because this mineral has been depleted from soils and through food processing. It’s important to note that not all forms of magnesium are easily absorbed by the body. Magnesium citrate powder is a highly absorbable form that can be mixed with hot or cold water and sipped in the evening and throughout the day for deeply restful sleep.
Contributors: Carolyn Dean from Nutritional Magnesium Association