Make sure to get enough sleep. We all hear this line repeatedly in an effort to ensure we get our nightly 7 to 10 hours of sleep. But how many of us are getting that amount of sleep? And even if you are, do you know what the benefits of a good night’s rest are? Today, on National Stress Awareness Day, we here at Balchem hope to help you understand why you need sleep and how stress can interfere with that.
Sleep is a critical function for Mind & Body Health and helps serve three main purposes. The first of these is that it helps you to recharge. Sleep helps to reduce energy demand at night, recharge your energy and allow for efficient energy use during the day. The next of these purposes is that sleep helps to restore your health. It allows the body to repair and replete cellular components that are depleted during the day. Finally, sleep helps to restore your body. Sleep aids in neural reorganization and growth & repair of the brain’s structure and function.
Despite these health benefits, the CDC reports that over one-third of U.S. adults are not getting at least 7 hours of sleep. This lack of sleep comes from a variety of reasons. Some of the most common reasons for lack of sleep are an irregular sleep schedule from things such as jet lag and third shifts at work, stress, mental anxiety & mood, and finally pain and muscle tension. While common sleep aids such as melatonin aid with sleep from irregular sleep schedules and sleep cycle disruptions it does not aid in sleep disturbances caused by stress.
This is where Balchem comes in. Our Magnesium products are the perfect aid to help you destress and relax, helping you to achieve that perfect night’s sleep. Magnesium provides three main benefits to help aid in sleep. The first benefit is stress relief as magnesium helps reduce cortisol level1. The second benefit that magnesium achieves is that it aids in mood regulation through the modulation of glutamate uptake at the NMDA receptor2. Finally, magnesium aids in muscle relaxation, mitigating cramping and tension.
To learn more about mineral chelation and magnesium, contact us for more information.
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2Kirkland AE, Sarlo GL, Holton KF. The Role of Magnesium in Neurological Disorders. Nutrients. 2018;10(6):730. Published 2018 Jun 6. doi:10.3390/nu100607303Potter JD, Robertson SP, Johnson JD. Magnesium and the regulation of muscle contraction. Fed Proc. 1981 Oct;40(12):2653-6. PMID: 7286246.