This Is How Long Before Bed You Should Be Taking Your Magnesium Supplement
Magnesium is a powerful mineral that supports bone health, nerve function, and digestion.* Early research has also found that it can help bring people closer to those ever-elusive 7-9 hours of sleep a night.*
In one small (but double-blind and placebo-controlled) trial, magnesium helped older people fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer compared to a placebo.* Preliminary research has also found that the mineral might be helpful in easing the everyday stress that keeps many of us up at night.*
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Anecdotally, those who have tried mbg's sleep support+ supplement, which combines magnesium bisglycinate with other sleep supporters like jujube and PharmaGABA®, note that it is beneficial for both sleep duration and quality.*
Integrative medicine doctor Amy Shah, M.D., says that it's her go-to whenever she needs a deep, restful night of sleep while nutritionist Dana James, M.S. CNS, CDN, says it's the best supplement she's ever used for sleep.*
mbg's sleep formula comes in vegetarian capsules that can be easily taken at any time, which raises the question, what time should you be taking them? According to Robert Rountree, M.D., a physician who specializes in nutritional and herbal pharmacology and helped formulate the blend, the answer depends on your sleep patterns and what you're hoping to get out of the supplement.
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If falling asleep is your issue, Rountree recommends taking sleep support+ approximately one hour before bed. Due to individual differences, we believe one to two hours is a good before-bedtime window. This should give the mineral and its supporting players enough time to latch onto the brain's gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptors, which cue the rest of the body to start to relax.*
If staying asleep is a problem for you, you'll want to take magnesium later in the evening. "For those who fall asleep OK but awaken during the night, I recommend taking the magnesium immediately before getting into bed," Rountree says. This will help it promote a steadier state of relaxation after you've already fallen asleep and cut down on tossing and turning.*
The bottom line:
While magnesium supplements can't undo bad habits like drinking too much coffee or looking at screens late at night, research shows that when taken within an hour or so of bed, they may help people fall asleep at the desired time and stay asleep through the evening.* As always, you'll want to talk to your doctor before introducing any new supplements into your routine.