Sleeplessness affects most of us at some point in our lives. For some it happens for a specific period and goes away and for others it becomes a chronic condition with devastating effects on both our home and work life.

To make it worse, we can become stressed about not sleeping, thus increasing anxiety through the day and especially before going to bed – it’s like the opposite of performance anxiety.

“Magnesium deficiency for some people can be the sole cause of wakefulness”

Magnesium deficiency for some people can be the sole cause of wakefulness and for most a strong contributing factor towards it and one that cannot be underestimated nor ignored or neglected.

Many readers will know that studies show over 75% of people are in fact magnesium deficient. This is largely due to modern food production and farming methods, there simply isn’t enough of this essential mineral in our diets these days.

If you have insomnia you owe it to yourself to try to resolve it with transdermal magnesium supplementation. If it’s the only cause of your insomnia you will have cured it quickly. If it’s a contributing factor towards it then you will have removed that element from the equation, thus moving towards a solution. Not trying it is almost like wanting to have insomnia, yes I am that bullish about it!

For the sceptical and science minded among you here’s some light reading about how it works.

Sleep is as complicated as it is necessary. Magnesium simplifies a few things needed for you to be able to get a good full night in. To fall asleep and stay there, your body and your brain need to relax.
Transdermal magnesium helps this process by activating the parasympathetic nervous system, the system responsible for getting you calm and relaxed.

It regulates neurotransmitters, they send signals through the nervous system and brain.
It also regulates the hormone melatonin, which guides sleep-wake cycles in your body. Messed up melatonin levels equal messed up sleep and anxiety. Not a good combination.

ahAriana Huffington is a fan.

There are other changes you can make to your lifestyle, you’ll have read about those already and I am not going to labour the point and some of them just are not practical for busy folks. Taking magnesium might be the short cut and certainly the easiest thing you could do.
I use it nightly and so does Ariana Huffington (now there’s a busy chick with no time for nonsense) and she is as passionate about as I am (as well as her other businesses, she’s also the author of The Sleep Revolution book, so she should know).

I spray magnesium on the tops of my feet about 20 minutes before bed and it’s lights out. Regular readers will know this is the brand I use and always recommend, I’m not sponsored to do so, I use it because it works and I tried the others and they weren’t as good. By the way, it works for your kids as well.

The simplest thing you can do right now to get some decent sleep.

Magnesium spray works, oral magnesium is vastly inferior, and can cause laxative effects, I honestly don’t know how they get away with selling it, oh and (the oral stuff) is also a laxative, so not really what you’re looking for just before bed right?

Taking your magnesium via the skin means you get the full dose you need, exactly when you need it and without any extra toilet time.
Night night.