by Life Enthusiast Staff
Can't get to sleep? Tossing and turning, your mind in override? Insomnia occurs for numbers of reasons.
Magnesium is necessary to relax the muscles and nervous system. Difficulty sleeping can arise when the tissue levels of these minerals are low. Toxic metals, such as lead or cadmium, can displace it.
Too much copper has a stimulating effect on the brain that causes the mind to race and excites the emotions. If this is you, you most likely stay up late and have difficulty falling or staying asleep. Insomnia before the menstrual period may be due to elevated or diminished copper. Chocolate at this time supplies the copper and magnesium components the body is looking for.
Our fight or flight mechanism is in overdrive. This is why meditation, yoga and relaxation is so important for good sleep. Brain chemistry can be assisted with specific minerals such as gold, which is known for its ability to induce a good state of mind.
Diet and Lifestyle
Too much or too little food can interfere with sleep and creates one of two things: an overly acidic body or dropping blood sugars. If you wake up hungry in the middle of the night, you have dropping blood sugars. Our carbohydrate levels have the greatest effect on the overall conscious and subconscious feeling of well being than any other aspect. This problem in addition to low potassium contributes to very elusive sleep.