Sleeplessness is a big problem in America. According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), almost six out of ten Americans report having insomnia at least a few nights weekly. Insomnia is defined as "An inability to fall asleep or remain asleep long enough to feel rested, especially when the problem continues over time." In an effort to combat this, as many as 25 percent of the people in the United States use medications to help them sleep.
The use of prescription sleeping drugs, such as Ambien, Lunesta and Sonata, has been steadily increasing. Global sales for all sleeping pills, called hypnotics, will top $5 billion in the next several years. Most sleeping pills, especially when taken over long periods of time, stay in the bloodstream, giving a hangover the next day and beyond, and impair memory and performance on the job and at home.
From a nutritional perspective, several research studies have shown certain minerals to be effective alternatives to help people fall asleep and stay asleep through the night. James F. Balch, M.D., author of "Prescription for Nutritional Healing", writes: "A lack of the nutrients calcium and magnesium will cause you to wake up after a few hours and not be able to return to sleep."
The pioneering nutritionist Adelle Davis discusses natural sleep remedies in her book "Let's Get Well." She says: "A calcium deficiency often shows itself by insomnia, another form of an inability to relax. The harm done by sleeping tablets, to say nothing of the billions of dollars spent on them, could largely be avoided if the calcium intake were adequate."
A relatively new form of calcium -- calcium lactate gluconate -- is emerging as a popular choice for fortifying beverages (such as orange juice and sports drinks), because of its ability to dissolve readily in any temperature of liquid -- cold or hot. Natural remedies for sleep, such as Sleep Minerals from Nutrition Breakthroughs, have also begun to include this highly absorbable form of calcium.
Calcium works best when it's balanced with magnesium. According to Adelle Davis, "The magnesium intake should be approximately half that of calcium. Hundreds of recent studies indicate that almost everyone, especially ill persons, is deficient in magnesium. Probably no other single deficiency is so responsible for the widespread use of tranquilizers." However, all the forms of magnesium available on the market are not equally effective.
In one study from the journal "Magnesium Research," four different forms of magnesium were compared and they found a significantly higher availability and absorption from magnesium chloride. In another research study of more than 200 patients, Dr. W. Davis used magnesium chloride as a possible means of combating insomnia. He reported that sleep was induced rapidly, was uninterrupted, and waking tiredness disappeared in 99 percent of the patients. Another benefit was that anxiety and tension were diminished during the day. (W. Davis and F. Ziady, "The Role of Magnesium in Sleep," Montreal Symposium).
Jobee Knight, a nutritional researcher and founder of Nutrition Breakthroughs in Glendale, CA., is someone who fought her own battle against sleeplessness and insomnia. She decided to put her background to use by searching out effective natural ingredients for relaxation and deep sleep. The result was Sleep Minerals, a unique blend of calcium lactate gluconate and magnesium chloride.
Knight says: "Besides finding ingredients that actually worked, it was also important to me that the product was easy to use and fast to absorb. For these reasons, I selected magnesium chloride and calcium lactate gluconate as they both instantly dissolve in cool water. With other mineral supplements for sleep, it's necessary to boil the water in order for the ingredients to dissolve."
Ron Hartwell of Los Angeles, CA. teaches at a private school and also owns the Math Doctor Tutoring Service. Between getting up at 5:00 a.m. for class and then tutoring late into the night, he was finding it hard to sleep. After trying many different remedies, a friend gave him some Sleep Minerals. Hartwell says: "Sleep Minerals improves the quality and soundness of my sleep. My sleep is not as light or easily interrupted as it was before. It's deeper. I feel more rested with the same amount of hours of sleep -- and with my schedule, this is definitely a benefit."
Besides soothing you to sleep, it's been discovered that a wide array of health benefits also result from taking calcium. Recent studies have shown calcium helps to lower blood pressure, alleviate symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, strengthen bones, and protect against colon cancer. In addition, magnesium chloride has been shown to provide improved digestion, a stronger immune system, calmer nervous system, lower blood sugar levels, and stronger nails and hair.
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