The Solution That Ended My 20-Year Struggle With Sleep (When Nothing Else Worked)*

mbg Co-Founder & Co-CEO By Colleen Wachob
mbg Co-Founder & Co-CEO
Colleen Wachob is Co-Founder and Co-CEO at mindbodygreen.
The Solution That Ended My 20-Year Struggle With Sleep (When Nothing Else Worked)*

For the past 20 years, I have struggled with my sleep. My biggest issue is a combination of difficulty falling—and staying—asleep, which these days seems harder than ever. Whether it's racing thoughts or heightened anxiety about the virus, the essential workers on the front line, and the impact of all of this on our world, sleep is tough to come by. On top of this, my husband Jason and I run mindbodygreen together and have two very young daughters, which means sleep time is sacred.

In my 20s, I tried to aid my sleep with everything from Tylenol PM to Xanax and Ambien (just to name a few). I was never really comfortable with any of these options. Tylenol PM left me feeling super groggy the next morning. Taking a prescription medication on a regular basis for sleep didn't align with my values, nor did it address the deeper issues of why I was having so much trouble sleeping in the first place. 

So I spent a lot of time in my 30s addressing the underlying issues of my sleep difficulties and adopting the right practices for better sleep hygiene. This strategy included learning how to deal with my stress in more productive ways, being diligent about consuming caffeine before noon, enforcing an electronic sundown, purchasing blackout shades for the bedroom, and investing in a better mattress and amazing, comfortable linens. These things helped, but my long, restless nights were still all too frequent.

I became obsessed with getting high-quality sleep.

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When mindbodygreen started developing its magnesium+ formula with Robert Rountree, M.D., and the scientists at Thorne, it was a personal passion point for me to find a drug-free solution for falling asleep, staying asleep longer, and waking up feeling rejuvenated. Bob and I both struggle with sleep, so we needed to get this formula right (we'd both know if it wasn't!).

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In our blend, the key ingredient is magnesium bisglycinate, a highly absorbable form of the mineral, so it can be taken relatively close to bedtime.* Our magnesium+ formula also contains two extensively studied powerhouse ingredients for improving sleep quality: jujube extract, which supports healthy cortisol levels; and pharmaGABA, the only naturally sourced dietary form of a major neurotransmitter that helps calm down an overexcited mind so you can think more clearly and relax.*

It's this symphony of thoughtful, synergistic ingredients that make magnesium+ work so well for me every time I take it—both for deep, uninterrupted sleep and well-rested, clear-minded mornings.* 

I take 2  magnesium+ every night—at least one hour before I ideally want to fall asleep—to ensure I receive my deepest sleep.*

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The easiest way to get my deepest sleep—and also benefit my body.

Since Jason and I are business partners, it's hard for us to leave our work behind. Sometimes we find ourselves discussing work in bed, which is never a great way to fall asleep. These days we find ourselves talking more about what's happening in the world late into the night too, though we are careful to turn off the news before we start getting ready for sleep. Regardless of my daily stress levels (truthfully, I can't predict if my mind will start racing the moment my head hits the pillow), I take two capsules of magnesium+ every night—at least one hour before I ideally want to fall asleep—to ensure I get my deepest sleep.* On nights when I know it's going to be hard for me to get to sleep, I take three or four capsules. The dose works! I can now ensure quality, restful sleep any night, even in the midst of our public health crisis and uncertain future. This kind of deep sleep helps me to be more present with my family—and more productive at work. Good sleep is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle, and I finally am able to feel the positive effects of being well rested.

While I primarily take the magnesium for sleep, the added benefit for me is knowing that the ingredients in magnesium+ also support my body, from brain to bone health.*

I've felt a profound positive impact on my sleep quality and recommend magnesium+ to all my friends and family members who have the same struggles I did.* Of course, my sleep hygiene is a constant work in progress, but taking magnesium+ has had the single biggest and healthiest impact on the quality of my rest—and my life.

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