Two easy ways to sleep better tonight
Two Easy Ways to Sleep Better Tonight
by Charles PoliquinTwo of the most common questions I am asked are: “What can I do to help me sleep?” and “What is the best form of magnesium?” Not surprisingly, there is actually a connection between the two. First, let me specifically address the question of the best form of magnesium. The easy answer would be to tell everyone there is simply one best form and just sell that one. While that might simplify my life, it would be disingenuous and not at all accurate. The truth is that different forms of magnesium provide different benefits. I’ve found that for increasing overall magnesium levels, a mixture of different chelates like those found in my UberMag formulas is best—like glycinate, lysinate, aspartate, orotate, or fumarate.
Through years of experience and from researching the peer-reviewed literature, I’ve found another very interesting combination in the form of magnesium glycerophosphate which is especially effective for rapid stress reduction. When combined with taurine, as it is in our convenient YinMag 1E (currently only available in the EU online store), it is remarkably effective at reducing stress and creating a very restful sleep. So restful, in fact, that the first night I used it I slept for over 12 hours and I’m not even magnesium deficient! One of the interesting issues with magnesium repletion is that not all tissues get saturated at the same rate and different forms of magnesium seem to have a “preference” for different tissues.
Magnesium glycerophosphate is particularly good at raising central nervous system magnesium stores. Improving CNS magnesium helps to control the NMDA receptors (N-Methyl-D-Aspartate) which are in part responsible for long term activation of the adrenals. Over-activation of the NMDA receptors increases the presence and impact of glutamate, one of the excitatory neurotransmitters. Low CNS magnesium can lead to an elevated alarm reaction and excessive excretion of adrenalin and cortisol. I’ve found that with some clients, even though they’ve significantly raised their magnesium levels, their stress levels are slow to respond. For them, adding our new magnesium glycerophosphate and taurine combination has a profound effect on their over-activated adrenals. Although I’ve yet to see a good paper that fully explains how this particular combination has a CNS preference, the evidence from clinical data is clear that by calming the over-activated NMDA activation, clients using Yin Mag 1E report a vast improvement in their sense of inner calm and very deep sleep. Remember, improving sleep is about removing the barriers to sleep, not about finding something to knock you out. One of those barriers is often low magnesium levels specific to the central nervous system.
Another barrier to sleep that has become more and more common is the constant go-go-go mentality seen around the world. Siestas and two-hour leisurely lunches have been replaced with Blackberries, fast food and 12-hour workdays. To keep up this pace, the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis is continually telling our bodies that we need to remain in fight-or-flight mode, elevating adrenalin and cortisol. While fight-or-flight is great for escaping a lion attack, it wreaks havoc on our ability to achieve a deep sleep or even fall asleep. I may not be able to change the hectic global pace, but I do have an amazing centuries-old Chinese formula that we call Serenity 2.0. Serenity 2.0 helps to manage stress by calming the fight-or-flight response and allowing the body to achieve a feeling of calm and relaxation. It calms “racing mind” so it’s great to use before bed if you’re the kind of person that lies down and your brain kicks into high gear. You can even use it if you wake up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep—and not to worry; you won’t
wake up feeling groggy in the morning since it’s not a sedative. Serenity 2.0 just allows your body to switch from fight-or-flight to rest-and-digest.
While covering all the possible issues and remedies related to poor sleep could fill a book, YinMag 1E and Serenity 2.0 are two of the simplest and quickest ways to improve your sleep tonight. Keep in mind, these aren’t substitutes for proper stress management and sleep hygiene, they are tools that are to be used in conjunction with addressing the bigger issues.
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