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How to sleep: Magnesium supplement could help improve sleep – what the evidence says

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Insomnia is the inability of someone to fall asleep or a condition that results in problems sleeping. According to Aviva: “As many as 16 million adults are suffering sleepless nights [with] a third [saying] they have insomnia.” NHS symptoms of insomnia include: • Finding it hard to go to sleep • Waking up several times during the night • Lying awake at night • Still feeling tired after waking up.

There are two types of insomnia, long term and short term.

If insomnia goes on for less than three months, it’s short-term.

If it goes on for longer than three months, it’s long-term.

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A recent study says one supplement could help insomnia in older adults.

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Published in 2021, the study found that magnesium has the potential to help.

Researchers concluded: “The quality of literature is substandard for physicians to make well-informed recommendations on usage of oral magnesium for older adults with insomnia.

“However, given that oral magnesium is very cheap and widely available, RCT evidence may support oral magnesium supplements for insomnia symptoms.”

While it’s not conclusive evidence of magnesium’s impact, the decision to recommend RCT (Randomised Control Trials) is a step in the right direction.

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Although the evidence for magnesium’s impact on insomnia isn’t so thorough as to point to a conclusion on it’s effectiveness, what is certain is that soon it will be time to stop taking a vitamin.

Between September and April, the Government recommends the consumption of vitamin D supplements.

This is because the body can’t produce the amount it needs from the sun during this period.

After April, the body can produce the vitamin D it requires from sunlight.

Not everyone will be able to stop taking the supplements.

The NHS recommends year-round consumption of vitamin D for those who “are not often outdoors, are in an institution like a care home, or usually wear clothes that cover up most of their skin when outdoors”.

If a person overdoses on vitamin D (not possible from sunlight) this can damage the heart, bones, and kidneys.

For more information how much of each vitamin is required, contact the NHS or consult with your GP.


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