THE SLEEP + MAGNESIUM LINK
⬆️ High Stress = ⬇️ Poor Sleep
Stress is a main factor in poor sleep. When we are stressed, our brain signals to our pituitary gland to be on high alert & then signals to our adrenal gland to release adrenaline, noradrenaline, and cortisol. These stress-induced hormones activate us into a fight-or-flight state leading to increased heart rate, blood pressure, and blood sugar. Not surprisingly, none of these symptoms lead to a good night's sleep.
Nature's "chill pill" in action
When we're stressed, we also deplete our body's store of magnesium, an essential mineral involved in more than 300 biochemical pathways in the body, including ones that promote relaxation. By helping to quiet the nervous system, magnesium can help your body and brain relax so you can fall asleep faster and stay asleep.
Magnesium is a multitasking team player
Magnesium works in tandem with minerals like calcium and potassium to relax achy muscles. It also regulates the hormone melatonin, which guides sleep-wake cycles in your body. Not only that, magnesium helps slow the release of stress hormones and can help moderate our cortisol response.
Fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer
Most importantly, magnesium helps calm your nervous system by binding to GABA receptors and activating them. GABA then acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain - promoting relaxation and calming the nervous system. When we have optimal levels of GABA in the brain, we fall asleep faster & reach deeper levels of sleep.