The busy schedules of Hong Kong residents are what make this hectic, fast paced city a thriving business mecca, but can also be responsible for sub-par sleeping habits. After our busy schedules, one of the most common reasons why people in Hong Kong, and across the globe, struggle to have quality sleep is thanks to a magnesium deficiency.

Magnesium is an essential mineral which can work wonders when it comes to relaxation or easing the impacts of stressful stimuli on the mind. It should come as little surprise then, that this vital nutrient can also impact the quality and function of our sleep and that the lack of this mineral can do the opposite.

In the health and fitness community, sleep quality is often criminally overlooked and underrated, with diet and exercise getting the lions share of the attention. Now diet and exercise are clearly quite important in their own right, and people are not wrong to focus on these things, but a healthy sleeping pattern should also be a focal point. Decades ago, lack of sleep was proven to lead to a number of health concerns, both physical and mental. This is not new information. In recent years, however, sleep research has been uncovering an even more pronounced connection between lack of sleep and illnesses and diseases. The brain is the most important organ in the body and it requires sleep. In a sense, not getting enough sleep can be viewed like ‘skipping leg day’, only much more serious, as it is related to the brain.

For people with difficulty sleeping, this information can be cause for great concern, but fortunately, there are ways to combat the inability to have a good nights sleep and one of them is magnesium. Magnesium can help us get to sleep quicker, stay asleep longer and can improver the overall quality of sleep. Of course, there are many underlying reasons why people struggle to sleep, and magnesium is not a magical cure, but for most people, a dosage of this mineral can improver sleep drastically.

As you may know, magnesium can be used to gain an energy boost. This may seem counterintuitive to sleep assistance, but this energy is actually quite useful for helping the body transition to a resting state before obtaining quality, rejuvenating sleep. Magnesium can help the body wind down in preparation for a good night’s sleep, not unlike a bath and storybook might for a restless child.

Magnesium is one of the primary ingredients related to your bodies muscle relaxation and provides a crucial neuroprotective effect in each stage of sleep. Additionally, magnesium can assist in slowing the metabolic process and can even lower brain temperature during sleep cycles. This helps the brain repair daily damage. On top of this, magnesium also helps regulate key hormones which are not only responsible for helping you fall asleep, but also in keeping you asleep longer. Impressive stuff, to say the least.

Given all of these tremendous benefits, it truly is unfortunate that a large segment of the population suffers from magnesium deficiency. Without a high enough level of magnesium in the body, many of the processes discussed earlier begin to fall apart, leading to interrupted, inferior sleeping patterns. Without enough magnesium, studies have shown that sleep stages can become chaotic, as they lose their harmonic order and become erratic and unpredictable. Sleep stages are called stages for a reason, and deviating from the correct order can easily ruin a good night’s sleep. Without magnesium’s nerve calming influence, we instead have neuronal excitability, which leads to increased periods of wakefulness.

Magnesium levels become even more important in certain segments of the population, including older people, and post-menopausal women in particular. Not only can magnesium help with sleeping issues, but it can even reduce of alleviate many symptoms of menopause.

Lack of magnesium can also impair the biosynthesis and regulation of hormones. Melatonin, a fundamental sleep hormone, require magnesium for these processes. Yet another reason why sufficient magnesium levels are required in order to have a rejuvenating sleep.

If you find yourself frequently tossing and turning in bed, try to boost your magnesium intake, through either diet or supplements. It is a core nutrient needed for that rejuvenating beauty sleep.