The Reason You Can't Sleep May Be a Lack of This One Mineral

The Reason You Can't Sleep May Be a Lack of This One Mineral

Feeling stressed or anxious? Find yourself tossing and turning for seemingly endless hours every night? It might be more than work woes or tax anxiety — you may be sleeping badly as a result of a deficiency in magnesium, "an anti-stress mineral," according to Elle UK. And as a result of that inability to sleep, you might find yourself unable to perform in bed, contain your appetite, do your job — things really just snowball from there. Magnesium, unsung hero of restful nights. Who knew?

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What is magnesium?

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As Elle UK reported, magnesium is "responsible for balancing blood sugar and blood pressure, relaxing tense muscles, reducing pain and calming the nervous system." For those people who aren't taking in enough of it, sleep can be a difficult thing to attain. But insomnia isn't the only side effect; magnesium deficiency can mean numbness, muscle cramps, seizures, heart arrhythmia and spasms, even personality changes. 


How do I get more of it?

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Eating more foods that pack a lot of magnesium is an easy solution. Dark, leafy greens like kale, spinach, collard greens and swiss chard are good bets, as are nuts, seeds (particularly pumpkin seeds), fish, soybeans, avocados, bananas, dark chocolate and low-fat yogurt. 

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Claire Lampen

Claire is a staff writer at Mic who covers women's issues and reproductive rights. She is based in New York and can be reached at claire@mic.com.

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