Insomnia and Magnesium deficiency; Is there a link?Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder, occurring in 30 – 45% of adults. It is 1.5 times more likely to occur in women than in men.
Low magnesium levels in the body can cause a number of health issues like chronic pain, fatigue and muscle cramps. Magnesium deficiency has been identified as being one of the reasons behind one of the most common problems affecting most people; lack of proper sleep. Research suggests that up to 33% of the Australian population has difficulty sleeping. Most people are not aware that people who suffer from insomnia are magnesium deficient (1).
What is the link between sleeping and magnesium?
There have been several researches that have been done that examine the link between magnesium and sleeping. These researches indicated that people that suffered insomnia who took magnesium supplements (oral magnesium tablets or the magnesium topical spray) noticed a better quality of sleep (better sleep quality rather than longer sleeping time) improved over time (1).
Magnesium Oil Benefits use for Insomnia
- Magnesium helps with the production of the hormone melatonin which aids in sleeping (2).
- People who has restless leg syndrome often suffer regular leg pain and often have trouble sleeping. Restless leg syndrome is a neurological condition in which a person has an uncomfortable sensation of needing to move his or her legs. At most times this type of condition can often lead to insomnia. When a person has a restless legs syndrome their symptoms generally becomes worst in afternoon when; during periods of inactivity, and in the transition from wake to sleep, which means that falling asleep and staying asleep can be difficult. Approximately 10 percent of the population has the general population suffers restless legs syndrome (3). Magnesium deficiency has been linked with Restless leg syndrome. (3).
- Magnesium plays a role in decreasing the level of cortisol in our body; cortisol is also known as "stress hormone" - high level of cortisol are found with people who are depressed and suffers high levels of anxiety (2). Decreased cortisol level in the body can help minimize anxiety.
- Magnesium is also can be used as a natural relaxants for the body - magnesium oil can be applied all over the body prior to sleeping this can help relax the body and assist with sleeping.
Magnesium deficiency in your body can be be corrected by taking Topical magnesium spray (also known as magnesium chloride spray). Magnesium topical spray (sprayed through the skin) is the most effective way for the body to absorb magnesium. When taking oral magnesium supplements; only 10% of magnesium supplements ingested orally is absorbed by the body. Taking an oral magnesium supplements in large quantity can lead to diarrhea in some individuals, taking magnesium oil is a safer options as side effects are less (4). Magnesium topical use can easily penetrate deeper into the skin.
Application of magnesium oil can assist with sleep by:
* Rubbing a few drops of magnesium oil on the forehead, chest or limbs. Let the oil absorb and soak the skin while you sleep.
* Alternatively, 1 scoop of magnesium flake (also called Magnesium chloride flakes) in warm water and then soaking the whole body in a bath will relax the whole body and will help you sleep.
* Apply the magnesium oil by spraying it throughout the body and massage it gently prior to sleeping is another way of applying it (5).
Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. The information presented on this websites is for research and education purposes only.
(1) Behnood Abbasi, Masud Kimiagar, Khosro Sadeghniiat, Minoo M. Shirazi, Mehdi Hedayati, and Bahram Rashidkhani. 2012. The effect of magnesium supplementation on primary insomnia in elderly: A double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3703169/. [Accessed 16 November 2016].
(2) Circadin®. 2016. Role of Melatonin in Sleep | Circadin®. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.circadin.com/doctors-section/role-of-melatonin-in-sleep/. [Accessed 16 November 2016].
(3) National Institute of Neurological stroke and Disorders and Stroke, 2015. Restless Legs Syndrome Fact Sheet. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/restless_legs/detail_restless_legs.htm [Accessed 16 November 2016].
(4) National Institute of Health, 2016. Magnesium Fact Sheet for Consumers . [ONLINE] Available at:
https://ods.od.nih.gov/FactSheets/magnesium/ [Accessed 16 November 2016].
(5) Dr Sircus, 2009. Magnesium and Sleep Disturbance. [ONLINE] Available at:
http://drsircus.com/medicine/magnesium/magnesium-and-sleep-disturbance [Accessed 16 November 2016]