Many things contribute to not getting enough sleep. A stressful lifestyle, using digital devices that emit blue light before bed, and a bedroom set up that’s isn’t conducive to getting deep sleep have all been blamed for sleepless nights. While health care professionals now recommend removing digital devices and minimising light pollution entering the boudoir, as well as breathing and stress-relieving techniques, a long-forgotten mineral has resurfaced as the answer to achieving deep sleep: magnesium.
Journalist for The Cut, Lisa Ryan, recently interviewed multiple medical professionals about the benefits of magnesium when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep. Ryan discovered that not only is magnesium essential for bone health, nerve and muscle function, and protein synthesis, but the mineral could also help you achieve better sleep due to its ability to calm muscles and induce relaxation.
In fact, for those who suffer from an, overactive mind or anxious thoughts, this two-ingredient drink for sleep could be the answer to all your problems. In an article she wrote for Fast Company, Dr Tara Stewart, a neuroscientist and medical doctor, suggested that a pre-bed time drink made from nut milk and turmeric. Why? Because almond milk contains magnesium which she believes can reduce the stress hormone cortisol and calm the nervous system, while turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that can prevent nocturnal stomach problems that can interrupt sleep. She suggests that those who need to sweeten this night cap add manuka honey rather than sugar as it will help boost your immunity.
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