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Magnesium's Role in Sleep

Magnesium's Role in Sleep

Sleep. We all do it, but many of us don’t do it well. A good night’s rest is essential to a healthy existence, protecting you physically and mentally as well as boosting your quality of life. Unfortunately, many of us struggle to fall asleep, can’t wake up in the morning and then feel constantly tired.

Magnesium is an important factor in how our body manages its sleep cycle.

Sleep has a significant impact on your health both physically and mentally. It helps us maintain a healthy weight and a good balance of hormones, as well as controlling sugar levels. For mental health, a great night’s sleep makes the brain work effectively. It helps us to learn, remember, solve problems and make decisions, as well as safeguarding against stress, mood swings and depression.

Sleep by numbers

Adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep a night.
2pm and 2am are the two different times of day where we naturally feel tired.
1 in 3 people in the UK are affected by insomnia.

⅓ of our lives are spent sleeping.

Could deficiency be keeping you up at night?

It is well known that poor sleep can have a dramatic effect on our health, but what’s less well known is that a deficiency in magnesium can be one of the main factors affecting the quality of sleep we can achieve.

The body needs magnesium to maintain a state of rest and low levels can lead to restless muscles that can keep you awake at night. Magnesium also ensures the GABA receptors in our brain and nervous system are working efficiently. GABA receptors help the brain switch off in preparation.

A nationwide problem

If you have trouble nodding off, you’re not alone… According to the Great British Bedtime Report almost three-quarters of Brits sleep less than seven hours per night. It’s led to almost a third of us getting a poor sleep most nights.

A natural aid to better sleep

Essential oils promote a restful night's sleep

Magnesium aids the relief of muscle tension and stiffness.

Pure source and free from man-made pollutants.

Dermatologically tested

Highly bioavailable magnesium chloride

Easy application for night-time relief

92% of people achieved better sleep*

BetterYou's Magnesium Sleep Lotion was tested on the 87-healthy people who identified as ‘struggling to sleep’ and were profiled using the NHS Sleep Assessment Questionnaire over five weeks.

Conditions assessed included: speed of falling asleep, number of sleep interruptions, ability to sleep through, how refreshed when waking, quality of mood during and concentration the day.

The results showed that a staggering 92% found benefit from using the sleep lotion in at least one of the above conditions with 70% saying that their overall quality of sleep was better after using the lotion.

*Trial by Sensory Dimensions, University of Reading, 2018

Download our ultimate sleep guide

We've partnered with The Sleep Council to create a free digital guide to getting a great night's sleep.

5 tips to create the perfect sleep routine

Your pre-sleep routine is so important to good quality, natural sleep. Below are five tips that will help.

Aid natural sleep with BetterYou transdermal magnesium

Build the following stages into your nightly routine to achieve the most benefit.

Wind down before bed

Relax in a magnesium-rich body or footbath with BetterYou Magnesium Flakes.

Pre-bed routine

Apply 2-3 sprays of BetterYou Magnesium Oil or Magnesium Sleep Lotion directly to shoulders or abdomen and massage in.

For night-time muscle relief

Apply Magnesium Sleep Lotion directly to problem area (often the calf or the feet) and massage in. Repeat as necessary.

Sleep advice for children

Sleep is a vital component in a child's development, both physically and mentally. A decent night sleep will help them perform better at school, learn more effectively while keeping their immune system healthy.

The most important piece of sleep advice for children is routine. By building a fixed routine, it acts as a prompt to the body and mind that it’s time to sleep soon it should being to wind down.

To do this, Set aside time before bed to wind down properly. Take this opportunity to run them a bath, give them a relaxing massage with Magnesium Sleep Lotion Junior and read a book with them.

Lisa Artis, a sleep advisor from The Sleep Council shares some more top tips for getting your children back into a healthy sleep routine.

How does transdermal magnesium work?

Pioneered by BetterYou over 10 years ago, transdermal (through the skin) application provides an effective method of remineralisation.

Apply directly to the skin and massage in well to stimulate absorption

Magnesium is quickly absorbed into the epidermis.

Magnesium is utilised by the body to support over 300 enzymatic actions.

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