Summary: A magnesium deficiency CAN cause insomnia. The study proved conclusively that a diet high in magnesium and low in aluminum led to sounder, longer sleep.
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A magnesium deficiency CAN cause insomnia.
A study conducted at the Human Nutrition Research Center in North Dakota, "Effects of Trace Element Nutrition on Sleep Patterns in Adult Women," proved conclusively that a diet high in magnesium and low in aluminum led to sounder, longer sleep. At the top of the list of foods with high proportional magnesium content are halibut and an assortment of nuts: almonds, cashews and nuts. Other goods food items to balance out with a separate intake of daily calcium include spinach, soybeans and oatmeal.
According the Mayo Clinic, a third of Americans will experience some form of insomnia, with about half that group battling it in some sort of chronic, long-term form. Magnesium flavored lemon drinks are an example of one of the many types of home remedies that people may recommend to combat difficulty falling asleep, but these will definitely only work for some people, not all.
A recent Gallup poll confirmed that adults over the age of 55 in the U.S. tend to fall below the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of magnesium. A rather astonishing 79% of respondents over the age of 55 reported not eating enough magnesium-rich foods. A lack of both proper amounts of magnesium and calcium in the human system can lead especially to a pattern of waking up after a few hours into the night and being unable to fall back asleep.
While consumers are more aware of the importance of calcium than magnesium, the irony is that the latter is an essential agent within the human body to ensure proper absorption of the former. Without magnesium, calcium is not as effectively ingested.
Sleep Minerals, a nutritional remedy product made in Glendale, California, has found much testimonial success with its insomnia-battling blend of magnesium chloride and calcium lactate gluconate. In one case, a patient heavily reliant on Ambien found immediate and remarkable sleep success with this natural product blend.