You went to bed at a reasonable time last night.
You think you slept OK – no babies crying, foxes screaming or partner snoring.
So you should feel rested, right?
But you wake up and you JUST FEEL SHATTERED…
You’d understand it if you spent been scrolling Facebook till 1am.
Or been to the pub.
But you didn’t. You did everything right.
So what’s that all about?
Well, I have a theory.
OK, it’s not just my theory. There’s plenty of science backing this.
The theory is that you might not be getting enough magnesium.
Magnesium is vital for getting a good night’s sleep. This is because magnesium is required for the function of GABA receptors, which exist across all areas of the brain and nervous system. GABA is a calming neurotransmitter that the brain requires to switch off. Without it, we remain tense, our thoughts race and we lie in bed staring at the ceiling. Or have those complicated, indecipherable dreams that leave you confused and not rested.
Whether the brain is in ‘on’ of ‘off’ mode is of course a very complex area, but at a very simple level you need GABA to prevail in order to go to sleep and have a restful night. Which means you means you need Magnesium.
Now the next part of the theory is that we are probably all magnesium deficient to some extent. Experts suggest that it is the second most common deficiency in the UK after Vitamin D. We get magnesium from many foods, notably dark leafy vegetables. But because of heavy farming processes the soil it is grown is generally depleted from this key minerals. So even if you are eating a healthy diet with plenty of greens, the chances are that these greens are less nutrient dense than they would previously have been.
So what’s the fix?
The fix is super easy and effective – take it as an oral supplement. There are literally no negative side effects. It might also fix a number of other issues like constipation, cramping, brain fog, and the list goes on. I use one from The Protein Works but any brand will do. Take the recommended dosage before you go to bed.
Does it work?
I’m convinced that it does. I mostly notice when I run out! It’ll generally take me a few days to remember to re-order it and by the time the new product has arrived I’m feeling that I’m REALLY, REALLY desperately for a restful night.
So, give it a try. Let me know how you get on…