Magnesium supplementation is beneficial for sleep, among other bodily processes. It may also offer other health benefits.
Magnesium, a mineral abundant in natural foods like spinach, almonds and bananas, is essential for many bodily processes, from regulating blood-sugar levels to nerve function, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). But did you know it can also help you get a good night’s rest? In one double-blind placebo study, the NIH found supplementation with magnesium helped improve insomnia as well as sleep duration and concentration.
If you’re not getting enough magnesium through your diet, try rubbing a product like Ancient Minerals Magnesium Lotion Ultra ($24.95, at ancientminerals.com) on the tops and bottoms of feet about 30 minutes before bedtime. At first, you might feel a tingle. (If it’s intolerable, the company says you can wash it off after 30 minutes). After about 20 minutes, you should start to feel relaxation set in and yourself being lulled into a peaceful sleep. Some people have even reported other benefits like reduced PMS symptoms, fewer headaches and improved digestion.