Magnesium: The Most Powerful Relaxation Mineral Available

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Written by: Lilla Bessenyei

I’ve been suffering from sleeping disturbances for the past 4 years. I know how waking up tired can ruin your mood, focus, athletic performance and your whole day.

In the long run, sleeping disorders can cause many other problems like:

  • Heart disease
  • Heart attack
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Low sex drive
  • Accidents
  • Depression
  • Memory loss
  • Aging
  • Injuries
  • Impaired judgement
  • Increased risk of death

As you can see, sleeping is important and can affect your life on multiple levels. After knowing this, you’re probably curious about the causes of insomnia and how you can improve your night rest.

These are some common causes for sleeping disturbances:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic pain
  • Endocrine problems
  • Arthritis
  • Reflux
  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Depression
  • Medication
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Smoking
  • Lack of exercise
  • Poor sleep habits
  • Eating too much late in the evening

However, all hope is not lost. Even if you struggle with any of the issues above, there are tips that you can try that can help you fall asleep faster and improve your overall sleep quality.

Here are some simple natural methods I use and you can use to doze off quickly:

1. Magnesium

Magnesium helps to relax your muscles and calm down your nervous system. It is also one of the most common deficiencies Americans suffer with today, many without even realizing it. Getting some into your system before sleep can really help improve your sleeping quality and overall health.

One great natural source of magnesium are green leafy vegetables – they are packed with nutrients, including this essential mineral. Eat more salads, put together some veggie snacks or juice them – whatever your favorite way to eat leafy greens is, do more of it!

Epsom salt baths or magnesium oil applied externally are also great ways to prepare you for your night’s rest. A study says that a warm bath before bed not only comforts you to fall asleep faster, but it also improves your sleep quality. Also, when I feel very stressed, I like to apply magnesium oil on my forehead and neck at bedtime.

2. Music

Listening to music has copious benefits. One of them is to help you fall asleep faster. Researchers found that it can be successful at managing insomnia and improving sleep quality as well.

Listen to relaxing music before you go to bed, maybe while you go through your nighttime routine.

3. Essential Oils

Aromatherapy is popular among people suffering from insomnia. Lavender and chamomile essential oils have a sedative and calming effect that can swiftly wing you to the land of dreams.

Use them in massage blends and baths and/or spray your bed and clothes with a relaxing oil of your choice.

4. Stretching

Doing some stretching before bedtime is a fun way to release tension and to prepare your body and soul for a good night’s sleep. It can improve your sleep quality, help you to fall asleep faster and in addition, can help make you more flexible.

About an hour before you go to bed, spend at least 5-10 minutes doing some gentle stretching.

Sleeping really is important and if you get enough of it, your life can become infinitely more full of energy. Give these tips a try to improve your own nights. You’ll feel like a new person starting tomorrow!

Do you have any favorite tips that help you find good sleep at night? Please share with us in the comments below!

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Lilla Bessenyei, Pharm.D.
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Lilla Bessenyei, Pharm.D.

Lilla Bessenyei is a pharmacist and writer. It has been through her own experience that she realized that health and happiness start with what you put in your body and mind - including your thoughts. She is an avid researchers and has learned a lot about health and medicine. In her studies, she found that cultivating healthy emotions were just as important (if not more so) as a healthy diet. She is a fitness junkie, enjoys the numerous benefits of a vegan diet and enjoys helping people discover true health and happiness.
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