Nearly 50% of older adults have insomnia, with difficulty in getting to sleep, early awakening, or feeling un-refreshed on waking. With aging, several changes occur that can place one at risk for insomnia, including age-related changes in various circadian rhythms, environmental and lifestyle changes, and decreased nutrients intake, absorption, retention, and utilization.
Research on an elderly population suffering from sleep problems showed that they had improvements in subjective insomnia, like increasing sleep time and sleep efficiency and reducing early morning waking when supplementing with magnesium. If you have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, you may find some relief when taking this supplement on a regular basis.
The mineral magnesium facilitates sleep regulating melatonin (sleep hormone) production, relieves the muscle tension that can disrupt sleep and prevent restful sleep and activates GABA, the main inhibitory neurotransmitter of the central nervous system, and so activation of GABA(A) receptors favors sleep.