I've Always Struggled With Occasional Insomnia—Until I Tried This

mbg Senior Sustainability Editor By Emma Loewe
mbg Senior Sustainability Editor
Emma Loewe is the Sustainability Editor at mindbodygreen and the author of "The Spirit Almanac: A Modern Guide To Ancient Self Care."
I've Always Struggled With Occasional Insomnia—Until I Tried This

Like so many people, I have long dealt with bouts of insomnia. Every few weeks or so, I'll have a night of subpar sleep that leaves me stressed and on-edge the following day. When it's time to fall asleep again, I'll psych myself out and worry that I'm in for yet another restless night. It's a self-fulfilling prophecy that usually lasts for at least a couple of days; sometimes up to weeks.

After one particularly rough cycle of insomnia back in March, I ordered mbg's magnesium+ supplement at the suggestion of my co-workers who raved about it. I had my doubts as to whether it could help me, because I had tried sleep aids like melatonin in the past to no avail. They didn't help me fall asleep any faster (which then freaked me out about the severity of my sleep issues even more) and left me feeling groggy and moody in the mornings, ready to climb back in bed before the day even starts.

But I decided to give it magnesium+ a shot. If nothing else, I figured it would help me feel like I was taking some sort of action to make things better and maybe have some kind of placebo effect. But from the very first night I took it, I understood what the hype was all about.

What it was like to try magnesium+ for the first time.

I had never taken a magnesium supplement before and found it much gentler than sleep aids I had tried in the past. I took it about 30 minutes before bed, and instead of a quick head rush, it led to a more mellow lull of relaxation. Once I found that it was getting hard to keep my eyes open to read my book, it was lights-out and the next thing I knew, my alarm clock was going off. No getting up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. No tossing and turning at the lights of New York City as they flashed outside my window.

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I woke up the next morning remembering a lot more of my dreams—the first clue that I had gotten the restorative REM sleep I'd been missing out on for a while. The proof that it really worked happened when I got out of bed: I went into my day feeling so much more alert than usual. I found that I could last a little longer without my morning coffee, and I didn't feel nearly as wiped out come 4pm.

The all-day energy benefits were something I really wasn't expecting, but was so grateful to find.

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Why I've been taking magnesium+ regularly ever since.

That clarity and energy I feel in the morning are really what keeps me coming back to it. Anyone who knows me can attest that I'm basically the opposite of a morning person (the snooze button is both my best friend and worst enemy), but it's helped me feel so much more coherent in the morning and avoid any brushes with insomnia.

Since I have the insider's scoop on how this supplement was formulated, I know that this probably has something to do with the fact that in addition to magnesium glycinate (the best type of magnesium for sleep), it contains jujube—a fruit used in traditional Chinese medicine tho help support healthy cortisol levels and keep circadian rhythm in check.* The pharmaGABA, a neurotransmitter that promotes quality sleep, in it probably doesn't hurt either.*

Whatever the mechanism, I'm grateful to have found a tool that reminds me that restful nights and refreshing mornings are never impossible.

I can happily say that I haven't had an extended period of sleeplessness since I started taking magnesium+, and look forward to continuing to take it every night.

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