Did you know that six out of ten Americans face insomnia and other sleep problems such as sleep apnea and narcolepsy at least few times a week? The National Sleep Foundation notes this along with blaming alcohol, drugs, stress, caffeine and RLS for disturbed sleeping patterns.
The good news is that recent research suggests that the mineral magnesium can be a solution to those restless legs that keep you tossing and turning in the dead of the night!
What Research Tells Us about Magnesium
The Romanian Journal of Neurology and Psychiatry highlighted a study that involved biochemical and neurological tests on restless leg syndrome patients. It was concluded that sleep disorders were caused by magnesium deficiency. If this isn’t sufficient for you, then here is another research that points out how magnesium was tested to control RLS symptoms.
An open pilot study titled Magnesium Therapy for Periodic Leg Movements-Related Insomnia and Restless Legs Syndrome in the journal Sleep concluded that oral magnesium therapy decreased the symptoms in patients with moderate RLS. Patients of RLS were given magnesium for about 4 to 6 weeks and their sleep patterns observed. The periodic leg movements were significantly controlled with magnesium dosages.
Even the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Human Nutrition Research Center in North Dakota doesn’t lag behind in finding a cure for RLS. Their research on magnesium for RLS concluded that magnesium does in fact regulate the body’s sleep patterns. Sleep deprived individuals are known to have lower levels of magnesium. When magnesium is taken, it induces deep sleep and that too allows you to fall asleep quickly.
Why Your Body Needs Magnesium
Magnesium is an important mineral that aids in the growth and maintenance of bones. Your nerves and muscles also need magnesium for proper functioning. Potassium, Magnesium and Calcium have an effect on muscle contraction and relaxation.
You can find magnesium in high fiber foods like:
- Boiled spinach
- Bran breakfast cereal
You should form a habit of regularly eating these foods to prevent magnesium deficiency.
Otherwise, you could always take a magnesium supplement. But make sure you take one that has a combination of magnesium and calcium, and in a chelated effervescent form, since this helps your body to absorb the minerals more effectively.
So if you are tired of sleepless nights, try a combination of all three minerals to calm your legs down for a peaceful night of sleep. A word of caution, make sure that the formula contains a 2 to 1 ratio of calcium to magnesium to reduce your RLS symptoms!