My book 222 Ways to Trick Yourself to Sleep explains the importance of the mineral magnesium to help you get a good night’s sleep.
It helps maintain a healthy amount of GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) in the body; GABA is a neurotransmitter that promotes relaxation.
Magnesium deficiency is associated with anxiety and stress. One study found that upping magnesium intake led to falling asleep faster, with better sleep throughout the night. Magnesium is also thought to help with the symptoms of restless-leg syndrome.
Good sources of magnesium are dark leafy greens, seeds and nuts such fish, and wholegrains such as wholewheat bread and brown rice.
If you think you need a magnesium top-up, then look for good quality supplements.
Here are 3 you might like to take a look at:
Natures Plus KalmAssure Magnesium Powder: £19.60, revital.co.uk
A powder in a refreshing orange flavour to mix with water.
Together Health Night Time Marine Magnesium: £12.99 for 30 capsules, togetherhealth.co.uk
Ocean-sourced Magnesium mixed with a premium hops extract and natural 5-HTP from Griffonia extract.
Link Nutrition Magnesium: £15.95 for 30 capsules, linknutrition.com.
This Food Based form of magnesium is well-absorbed and gentle on the stomach (synthetic magnesium can sometimes cause stomach upset)