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Insomnia

Solutions for Insomnia, Updated

What Is Known About Insomnia
Healthy Steps: Insomnia—First Steps
Healthy Steps: Insomnia—Full Program
Preventing Insomnia
From Dr. Deborah's Desk

Revised May 20, 2016

When was the last time you had trouble sleeping? Too much caffeine, emotional stress, loud neighbors, or the anticipation of leaving on a trip can all interfere with a good night’s rest. But if you frequently have trouble going to sleep or staying asleep, you can count yourself among the one-third of Americans who suffer from insomnia. In the US, insomnia is the third most common health complaint after headaches and colds.

Magnesium

Magnesium is a chemical element that chemists refer to by the symbol Mg, but Mg never exists by itself anywhere on the planet. It is embedded in rocks, or molten in earth, or dissolved in seawater.

Magnesium is essential to life, found in every living cell and involved in every physiological process we rely on to live. Our energy currency is called ATP, and magnesium is essential for its production and utilization. Magnesium plays a vital role in the contraction and relaxation of muscles, including skeletal muscles, as well as the of the gastrointestinal tract, and muscles regulating blood flow, blood pressure and breathing passages. Our heart is a muscle, and regulation of the electrical and muscular function of the heart depends on magnesium. Optimal mental and emotional function require adequate magnesium for neurotransmitter and hormone production.