Magnesium may help you sleep — here’s how to take it to improve your sleep quality

By Erin Heger, 4/29/2021

Magnesium plays a role in muscle and nerve regulation, which may explain why some — albeit limited — research suggests it could help people who are struggling to get enough sleep, says Alex Dimitriu, MD, founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine. For example, a small 2012 study found that participants ages 65 and up who took 500 mg of magnesium daily for eight weeks slept longer and woke less in the middle of the night compared to a group who took a placebo. Magnesium may also help you sleep by reducing anxiety, which is notorious for hindering sleep quality, Dimitriu says. Magnesium does so by regulating neurotransmitters, like serotonin, that help relax the body and ease tension. 

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