Does Magnesium Help You Sleep?

  • Does Magnesium help you sleep?

     

    Maybe, but probably not in the way that you think it does.

     

    Here's the truth:

     

    People have taken Magnesium before bed for years, sometimes in the mixed product ZMA. (zinc & Magnesium).

     

    The reasoning here is that Mg helps you sleep, so you take it before bed, right?

     

    Well - no

     

    A magnesium deficiency can disrupt sleep because it affects the GABA receptors in your brain.

     

    GABA receptors not interacting with GABA = poor sleep.

     

    Restoring magnesium sufficiency effectively removes this issue and helps you nod off!

     

    Now. Mg insufficiency is really common especially in those who train/exercise, so it makes sense that this group experienced better sleep when using a Mg supplement.

     

    But it's not that Mg helps sleep, it doesn't, it's just that a deficiency definitely plays a role in screwing it up.

     

    To avoid deficiency, ensure that via food and supplements you are meeting your RDA needs.

     

    Spinach, nuts, eggs and oily fish are your best bet - but a quality Mg supplement isn't a bad idea if you are struggling due to a low calorie intake, or food preferences.

     

    -Louise O'connor

    Fitness & Nutrition Coach

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