Mindful sleep tips from Clementine Boshevski, Founder & Managing Director of Salt Lab
In this day and age, getting enough sleep can seem near impossible at times. New parents often wander around sleep deprived for weeks (or in reality, YEARS!) when the new addition comes. Toddlers just don’t sleep sometimes. Kids have night terrors. Those ‘screens’ we are addicted to keep us up longer than they should. We work longer hours and often part of them are done at home. Sleep can seem, at times, incredibly elusive. Which is a problem, because sleep is basically the answer to well…EVERYTHING!
Sleep gives us energy, keeps us fresh and lets us restore and refresh our bodies so we can overcome any illnesses or injuries. So, we need sleep - eight hours every night, ideally.
If you have trouble sleeping, there are lots of different things you can do to try and help the situation. Turning screens off an hour before bed, not drinking coffee in the afternoon, meditating and spending more time outside in the sunshine during the day are all things you can do that science suggests may help you regulate your sleeping patterns and get more sleep. But as easy as all that sounds, it ain’t.
Half the battle with sleep is actually falling asleep in the first place - and then you have to stay asleep. Magnesium just happens to be a mineral in your body that helps you to do both those things.
Magnesium is essential to over 600 functions and reactions in your body, including heaps that help you sleep. It regulates your neurotransmitters, which are responsible for sending signals through your nerves and brain. It also regulates melatonin, which is a hormone in your body that regulates your sleep cycle.
Magnesium also binds with little receptors in your body that are responsible for quieting down nerve activity. This means that your body can begin to relax and mellow out, which makes it easier for you to fall asleep.
Studies have also found that people who are low in magnesium find it harder to get a good night’s sleep, even if they are doing everything right. So, by topping up your magnesium levels with a nice, relaxing magnesium bath bomb or a bit of a magnesium oil massage could be the perfect, natural assistance for a better night’s sleep.
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