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Magnesium’s Sleep Secrets for Healthier Thoughts and Feelings

Your thoughts have the power to motivate you, help you overcome obstacles – or stop you in your tracks. When it’s late at night and a flood of unproductive thoughts turn your mind into an all-night race track, you can forget about waking up feeling refreshed.

Against the backdrop of Mental Health Awareness Month, let’s get real about America’s chronic sleep problem and how it’s sabotaging our mental wellbeing.

Plus, we’ll explore the soothing benefits of magnesium and why it just may be what you need to take back your nights naturally. And don’t miss our delicious magnesium-rich Unwind Blackberry Crumble recipe!

Is Bad Sleep a Symptom or a Cause?

A jaw-dropping 1 in 3 of us do not get at least 7 hours of sleep at night, and another 1 in 2 of us will experience mental health issues in life.*

Mental, emotional and physical health indisputably intersect. One-third of people who have physical health issues are more likely to experience bouts of anxiety and melancholy, according to the Mental Health Foundation.*

Besides pointing out just how many of us are bringing less than our very best to everyday life, these eye-opening statistics also force us to dig deeper into the sleep/mind connection and whether bad sleep is more than a symptom of mental health struggles.

In fact, a recent scientific study revealed there may be a stronger correlation between sleep and mental health than the cause-and-effect relationship that once prevailed.

Inadequate Sleep Increases Mental Distress 3X

The correlation between the two, as a research study discovered, is that lack of sleep can nearly TRIPLE your odds of experiencing frequent mental distress compared to when you get enough sleep – shedding light on the importance of high-quality slumber.*

In a state of emotional distress, you’re more likely to experience memory problems, headaches, fatigue, weakness and irritability.

Sleep deprivation can produce similar symptoms, leading to trouble focusing and finishing tasks, remembering information, coping with change, and regulating emotions and behavior.* 

Magnesium for Sleep and Mindcare

In the last few years, magnesium has gone from a sleepy mineral garnering little attention to an in-demand soothing supplement. (Our popular Unwind magnesium powder has been flying off the shelf!)

The fourth most abundant mineral in the body, magnesium offers some incredible mental health benefits due to its involvement in more than 600 biochemical reactions in the body.

When magnesium levels are healthy, your body responds in kind with a wide range feel-good benefits that support mental and emotional health:

Better sleep quality: Among the many pathways by which magnesium promotes deeper and longer slumber includes supporting GABA and melatonin, two compounds involved in calming the nervous system and supporting the circadian rhythm.*

Enhanced mood: Elevated levels of stress and sadness are associated with low levels of magnesium. Proper mineral maintenance helps to level-off cortisol and reduce feelings of overwhelm and melancholy.**

Muscle relaxation: Muscles need magnesium to release tension and tightness, which can lead to cramping and discomfort. Magnesium soothes muscle tissue and reduces cramping by competing with calcium for proteins that cause muscles to contract.*    

Brain function: Whether due to chronic stress or biology, mental distress can lead to accelerated brain aging and cognitive decline.** As a powerful free-radical fighter, magnesium helps protect brain tissue from inflammatory breakdown, supports nerve signal communication and promotes the blood-brain barrier.*

Magnesium’s Physical Benefits Also Promote Mental Health

Sustaining healthy magnesium levels through diet and supplementation also helps to reduce two major physical health risks that have been associated with mental distress:

Heart health: Magnesium supports a healthy heart rhythm, helps regulate blood pressure, and contributes to overall cardiovascular health. One study even revealed a strong correlation between magnesium levels and lifespan.*

Blood sugar control: Magnesium is involved in glucose metabolism and insulin regulation, which can help maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Maintaining adequate magnesium intake has been associated with a reduced risk of glucose-related metabolic issues.*

Odds Are… You’re Magnesium Deficient

Magnesium is found naturally in leafy greens, nuts, beans and legumes. But despite its dietary abundance, magnesium deficiency among American adults is alarmingly common, with one small study finding that 10 out of 11 healthy women are falling short of adequate levels.*

Larger studies reveal that up to 75% of American adults consume less than the recommended daily allowance of magnesium (320 mg for women, 420 mg for men.)**

Magnesium supplements are a complementary way to consistently reach recommended intakes of this vital mineral. They come in a variety of inexpensive forms, the most common being magnesium oxide, citrate and chloride.

But, while these types of magnesium are the most accessible and cheapest, they’re not the easiest to absorb or most beneficial for supporting sound sleep and a calm mind.

Best types of magnesium for better sleep

Magnesium malate and glycinate are two of the most bioavailable forms of magnesium supplements, and are ideal for replenishing mineral levels without gastrointestinal discomfort.

Formed by binding magnesium with malic acid, a naturally occurring substance in fruit and wine, magnesium malate has been studied for its effect on muscle health and discomfort.

Magnesium glycinate is formed by binding magnesium to glycine, an amino acid and inhibitory neurotransmitter that helps calm the central nervous system, helping the brain to ‘slow down’.

To enjoy the benefits of both premium forms of magnesium, try Body Kitchen Unwind. Our potent blend of magnesium malate and glycinate delivers 420 mg daily of this vital relaxation mineral.

This unique combination increases absorption and replenishes optimal levels of magnesium to:

  • Support relaxation and calmness*
  • Promote deeper, more restful sleep*
  • Boost mood and a healthy stress response*
  • Reduce muscle cramps and restlessness*

Plus, your body absorbs the easy-to-mix powder faster than magnesium pills or capsules. And a mild cherry flavor makes it pleasant to add to your wind-down routine.

Unwind with This Delicious Fruity Recipe

What if a nighttime treat could help you relax and set you up for a glorious night of sleep? Created with this goal in mind, our Unwind Blackberry Crumble contains naturally occurring malic acid and Unwind magnesium powder for the dreamiest dessert ever!

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