A quick search for ‘sleeping problems’ throws up over 152 million results in Google. It is estimated that, each year, more than a third of us suffer from insomnia. Getting a good nights sleep is very simple in most cases yet, on countless initial consultations, clients report experiencing long-running problems spanning the course of many years.
“I saw one naturopath and he suggested I spray my pillow with lavender.” Guess what, this didn’t help.
“A different nutritionist advised me to stop using the laptop before bed.” A sensible move, and one that reduces UV exposure late in the evening, but the effects are marginal.
“My yoga teacher recommended that I do some deep breathing whenever I’m lying there awake.” It’s fair to say that deep breathing can definitely help relaxation, but I haven’t ever spoken to someone who changes from a chronic insomniac to perfect sleeper on the basis of their breathing patterns.
Never do I see suggestions for the one thing that, over 90 percent of the time, fixes the actual problem within 24 hours. This one thing is magnesium. A mineral found in low levels in many foods, it is a component of more than 325 different enzymes in the human body. It plays an important role in hydration, muscle relaxation, energy production and, crucially, the deactivation of adrenaline. Having sufficient magnesium in your body does not necessarily guarantee that you will go into a deep sleep quickly and stay there, but insufficient stores of the mineral guarantee that you won’t. And almost everyone I see is short of magnesium.
Article by Marek Doyle – Nutritional Therapist