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Do You Have Trouble Sleeping at Night?

If you’re an older adult, then there’s a fifty percent chance you have insomnia.

Fortunately, there is evidence magnesium can help you get better sleep.

A 2012 study found magnesium supplementation was able to lower cortisol concentrations. Cortisol is a stress hormone. Insomnia sufferers who supplemented with magnesium were able to improve the quality of their sleep.

"Supplementation of magnesium appears to improve subjective measures of insomnia such as ISI score, sleep efficiency, sleep time and sleep onset latency, early morning awakening, and likewise, insomnia objective measures such as concentration of serum renin, melatonin, and serum cortisol, in elderly people." - Journal of Research in Medical Science

So if you have trouble sleeping at night, then consider adding a magnesium supplement to your evening routine.

P.S. A 2009 report called "Effects of trace element nutrition on sleep patterns in adult women” found both calcium and magnesium taken together were effective for sleep problems.

"A lack of the nutrients calcium and magnesium will cause you to wake up after a few hours and not be able to return to sleep." - Dr. James F. Balch, M.D.

Calcium also helps your brain create melatonin, known for its ability to help you sleep.

A diet high in magnesium has been associated with a deeper, uninterrupted sleep. These foods include dark leafy greens, seeds and nuts (pumpkin, almond, sunflower), fish (mackerel, wild salmon, halibut, and tuna), avocados, bananas, and dark chocolate.

Note: One of the main symptoms of magnesium deficiency is insomnia.