The CDC statistic reports share with us that nearly 70 million people in the United States are afflicted with sleep disorders, of which insomnia is the most prevalent. To give you scope, imagine Thailand’s population size.
- Approximately 1 in 4 Americans develop insomnia each year
- About 25-30% of American adults suffer from sleep disorders
- Up to 10% of American adults are likely to have chronic insomnia
Only when we sleep can our body and mind regenerate. Waking up feeling rested supports your disposition for the day, which can productively and powerfully influence mindfulness, attention, and creation. Better sleep means better living.
In recent years, more scientific studies have begun looking at magnesium intake and transdermal applications of magnesium oils and the effects on sleeping disorders. While more research needs to delve into biochemistry, studies are showing promising support to improve insomnia.
We already know that poor quality and quantity of sleep affect our cardiovascular and metabolic physiology, even negatively affecting mental health, while contributing to chronic conditions like,
- Heart attack
- Coronary heart disease
- Kidney disease
Science equally links chronic magnesium deficiency to many of the aforementioned diseases including coronary heart disease and osteoporosis. Magnesium plays an essential role in the physiology of our body and is involved in more than 300 biochemical reactions because it is linked to the functioning of our enzymes in the body, which are the workers that make things work and run smoothly.
Magnesium is a nutrient that is not produced by our body and must be taken in through our diet, such as green leafs, whole grains and nuts, supplementation, and water. The generally recommended dose is between 300 mg - 500 mg for adults depending on gender and age.
Magnesium may improve sleep because it has a central role in our nervous system that controls our state of relaxation and calm, while helping with anxiety in depression, which affects healthy and restful sleeping. Studies are only now beginning to help find out how this is but many more are still needed to make conclusive statements.
Sleep Stages - General Overview of Sleep Cycle
One third of our life is spent sleeping. All higher life forms need sleep and rest. Without sleep, serious physiological damage will occur. How does sleep come about in our body?
The sleep-wake cycle is an interplay of two major systems: one that promotes sleep, while the other maintains wakefulness. There are two types of sleep, which equally influence body systems and physiological changes.
The systems are Non-rapid eye movement (NREM) and rapid eye movement (REM) sleep.
NREM - occurs in 4 stages that end each with REM. Each stage has its distinct activity in the brain and physiology associated with it and the stages occur 4-5 times each sleep cycle.
- Stage 1 - First 1 - 7 minutes in which we are most likely to be interrupted with disruptive noise. The brain moves from wakeful relaxation alpha brain waves into more mixed-frequency waves.
- Stage 2 - You enter a light sleep in this stage to transition into deep relaxation, which is about 10 - 25 minutes and represents about 50% of the total sleep episode. Your heart rate lowers and your body cools down. This is an important step as it also facilitates memory consolidation. It is in this stage in which nutrients like magnesium play an important role because magnesium is linked to activation of the enzyme that is required in the serotonin production, the precursor of melatonin.
- Stage 3 and 4 - They are the slow wave sleep. You now continue into the deepest sleep phase lasting up to 40 minutes. Your muscles further relax and your brain produces delta waves, to help brain and cell regeneration, tissue repair, and memory consolidation.
- REM Sleep - This is the stage in which your brain becomes active again, producing the brain waves we have during the wake cycle. Your eyes begin to move rapidly. Your body remains in a paralyzed like state because this is your dreaming phase, and you don’t want to act out your dreams in bed.
Your muscles however continue to work to control blood circulation and breathing. REM lasts about 10 minutes and with each progressive cycle in the night, you experience more REM sleep moments.
Some important nutrients involved here are melatonin, GABA, and L-Tryptophan.
Melatonin - produced by the pineal gland (known as the third eye), a secretory gland in the midline of your brain, to regulate sleep patterns, neuro and cell protection. The pineal gland is photosensitive. In low light or absence of light, it synthesizes melatonin. The precursor of melatonin is serotonin. Magnesium supports the enzyme that makes serotonin and low level magnesium are thought to play a role in sleeping disorders.
GABA - reduces the excitability in the nervous system and blocks impulses between nerve cells in the brain. Magnesium blocks excitatory molecules from binding to neurons to calm them down. GABA neurotransmitter is linked to anxiety, muscle pain, and insomnia.
Why Klemons. Magnesium Oil Spray CALM is Made For You
Klemons. All Natural walks with you on your path of rest and well-being. We have created the natural blend of magnesium oil spray with lavender to augment and support your existing regiments for improved sleep.
Magnesium plays an important role in muscle relaxation, calming down your nervous system and easing pain. Magnesium appears to improve participants’ response to insomnia, sleep efficiency, and sleep time.
Klemons. Magnesium Oil Spray CALM offers your body the time of relaxation before your start your evening routine when it is time to wind down. These include calming effects, relaxation, and anxiety relief for better sleep.
While more and more studies of magnesium on sleep are in the coming, there exist studies correlating magnesium with quality of sleep. Depression is significantly linked to low magnesium levels and depression is equally linked to poor sleep.
How To Apply Magnesium Oil Spray CALM
Massage Klemons. Magnesium Oil Spray CALM onto your legs before 30 minutes before bedtime. You can either wash it off after 15 minutes or leave it. Moisture your skin.
Better sleep means better living.