Friday, October 1, 2010

Insomnia and Magnesium

“Hundreds of recent studies indicate that almost everyone, especially ill persons, are deficient in magnesium. Probably no other single deficiency is so responsible for the widespread use of tranquilizers.”

In a research study of more than 200 patients, Dr. W. Davis used magnesium chloride as a possible means of combating insomnia.

He reported that sleep:
  • was induced rapidly
  • was uninterrupted
  • waking tiredness disappeared in 99 percent of the patients
  • anxiety and tension were diminished during the day.
(W. Davis and F. Ziady, “The Role of Magnesium in Sleep,” Montreal Symposium).
Magnesium is an essential mineral that plays a major role in the functioning of the musculoskeletal system.

Magnesium allows the muscles to relax (skeletal muscles as well as the smooth muscles of blood vessels and the gastrointestinal tract)

Decreases the discomforts associated with muscle cramping.

Magnesium is considered the “antistress” mineral. It provides a calming effect that allows for deeper relaxation and better sleep.

Is important for the function of the mysterious pineal gland and its production of melatonin.

The biological clock and magnesium status are linked

Extracted from

According to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's Human Nutrition Research Center in North Dakota, "Magnesium plays a key role in the body's chemistry that regulates sleep. This may be why persons with long-term lack of sleep, or abnormal brain waves during deep sleep, often have low magnesium in their blood.

Magnesium treatment increased deep sleep and improved brain waves during sleep in 12 elderly subjects. Magnesium treatment also decreased time to fall asleep and improved sleep quality of 11 alcoholic patients who often have a low magnesium status."

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