Essentially, melatonin is a hormone naturally produced by our bodies that helps to regulate our inner clock. Melatonin supplements can be found at any drug, convenience, or grocery store.
However, did you know choosing magnesium over melatonin is a much better choice?
Here is why:
While magnesium is commonly known to be a muscle relaxer and taken the day after a hard workout that left us feeling super sore, magnesium also helps to decrease cortisol (a stress hormone) that might be the main reason why we are having troubles falling asleep at night.
When you were little and couldn’t fall asleep at night, did you ever drink a glass of milk? While milk actually contains a lot of magnesium which helps to go to sleep, we wouldn’t recommend drinking a glass of milk before bed due to digestive issues.
Instead, there are 3 different ways to take magnesium for sleep:
- You can purchase magnesium supplements but make sure to purchase pure supplements.
- Your skin can absorb magnesium-infused skincare products like Epsom salt baths.
- You can eat magnesium-rich foods such as: spinach, almonds, beans, bananas, and YES, even dark chocolate.
What specific kind of magnesium will help?
There are several types of magnesium.
- Magnesium citrate is most helpful for people suffering from constipation.
- Magnesium glycinate is more useful for conditions like anxiety, insomnia, chronic stress, and inflammatory conditions.
Look specifically for magnesium glycinate to have the best outcomes for improving sleep. It works to soothe Nerves, relax muscles and supports functions in your body to restore healthy magnesium levels.