Every year, millions of Americans suffer from some form of sleep difficulty. If you count yourself among them, you know that, from restless feelings during waking hours, to lack of focus, memory issues, irritability and depression, the effects of a sleepless night can be felt around the clock.

While there are many factors that can contribute to sleeplessness, including stress, certain medications, and a range of underlying health conditions, in some cases a mineral deficiency may be to blame – specifically, a deficiency of magnesium.

An essential mineral that aids in energy production, muscle function, and bone development, magnesium also plays a vital role in maintaining proper sleep patterns. According to one study, up to 75% of Americans may be falling short of the recommended daily intake (400-420 mg for adult men, and 310-360 mg for adult women).

How does magnesium help your body maintain healthy sleep patterns? It has to do with the way magnesium interacts with your nervous system and key hormones:

– Magnesium helps to maintain proper levels of the neurotransmitter GABA, which calms your nervous system and promotes deep sleep. Low levels of GABA have also been linked to anxiety and depression, which themselves can contribute to poor sleep.

– Researchers have also found a correlation between magnesium and levels of melatonin, a hormone that helps to control your sleep-wake cycle. Those with low melatonin levels have been shown to experience poorer sleep.

While many suffer from some level of magnesium deficiency, certain groups are at heightened risk for a serious deficiency, including those with diabetes or GI diseases, those dealing with alcohol addiction, and older adults, particularly older women.

If you’re stricken with sleeplessness that you just can’t shake, and you suspect a magnesium deficiency could be the cause, IV therapy from Olivera Health & Wellness could be the answer. Olivera’s IV Therapy Options includes magnesium as a standalone shot, or as part of our “Migraine Relief” or “Migraine Relief PLUS+” infusions.

Ready to put an end to sleepless nights and get back to living a more productive and healthful life? Schedule an appointment today by booking online, by calling Olivera Health & Wellness at (773) 327-6624 or by visiting either our Chicago or Elmhurst locations during business hours.