How Does Magnesium and Krill Oil Work for Sleep?

Magnesium

Experience and Warning
Personally, I take magnesium from supplements each night, but try to cycle off once and a while. Keep in mind that too much of anything is a no no. For every positive article on newfound data there is an article that contradicts it. So no matter what, DO NOT overdose and ALWAYS take the moderation approach.

This post is based off mainly ONE article and I’ll put the link here if you would rather go in depth about Magnesium without learning about my own experiences.

What is Magnesium?
To start off, Magnesium is a mineral known for many health benefits like combating illnesses yet apparently many people in America are deficient in it due to how food has been processed nowadays.

The source of magnesium we would get is through foods from sea veggies, nuts, greens, and beans, but often times we find ourselves eating other foods like meats, flour-based foods, and various forms of dairy that are not considered rich in Magnesium.

My Experience
One of the reasons why I take it for sleep is because it relaxes the body. I take about 400mg a night and I get awesome sleep! This mineral is considered the “relaxation mineral” since it allows any body part that is stiff, tight, or cramped to relax. This is because it gives the cells the ability to make energy, and also allows for certain chemical reactions in the body to function properly and membrane stability. Basically it improves overall vitality that allows for proper function of the body – balancing out the imbalances that cause a deficiency to your wellbeing.

Dr. Hyman states in his article
“In our society, magnesium deficiency is a huge problem. By conservative standards of measurement (blood, or serum, magnesium levels), 65 percent of people admitted to the intensive care unit — and about 15 percent of the general population — have magnesium deficiency.”

You may also eat the following (except taken from: Dr. Mark Hyman):
“Kelp, wheat bran, wheat germ, almonds, cashews, buckwheat, brazil nuts, dulse, filberts, millet, pecans, walnuts, rye, tofu, soy beans, brown rice, figs, dates, collard greens, shrimp, avocado, parsley, beans, barley, dandelion greens, and garlic”


Krill Oil

My Experience
Before including Magnesium supplements before bedtime, I began taking Krill Oil before sleep to test the claims that Dave Asprey and Tim Ferris made about how Krill Oil will improve sleep. Sure enough, after taking it I can say that I had not woken up feeling more refreshed in a long while (I was going through a small series of insomnia at the time). From that point on, I never stopped taking Krill Oil before bed.

What is Krill Oil?
Krill oil is a substance of awesomeness that allows for overall health throughout the entire body ranging from the heart, mind, bones, and much more.

Excerpt taken straight from Dave Asprey in the Bulletproof Executive:
“You’ve already learned how DHA can protect against the negative effects of fructose on brain function, but it can also help improve your sleep. Omega-3s have been shown to improve mood and reduce anxiety and depression. They also improve insulin sensitivity and muscle growth. Consuming omega-3s before bed gives your brain the substrates it needs for growth and repair.”

“The best sources of omega-3s are Bulletproof foods like low-mercury fish and seafood. These foods also provide the protein you need for muscle repair before bed. However, I’ve found that krill oil gives me the best sleep. I’ve experimented with various kinds of fish oil, and pretty much every other omega-3 supplement you can think of, and only krill oil has made a noticeable impact. I recommend consuming your fish or Krill oil at least two hours before bedtime. Avoid flax oil and hempseed oil because they are high in omega 6 and low in DHA and EPA. They are not Bulletproof foods.”


Sources

Dr. Hyman:
Magnesium: Meet the Most Powerful Relaxation Mineral Available

Dave Asprey:
The Top 6 Ways to Improve Your Sleep Using Food

Warnings on Magnesium:
Magnesium Warnings and Contraindications 
Magnesium Warnings and Contraindications

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