Insomnia Treatment for Women: Progesterone and Magnesium Important for Restful Sleep

Most women are likely experiencing some form of insomnia.  According to recent studies, more women than men have difficulty sleeping. Unfortunately, it is sometimes difficult to determine the cause of insomnia because there are many interrelated issues. However, one thing is certain: Progesterone and Magnesium are proven treatments for a restful sleep.

What are these Insomnia treatments?

Progesterone

Many women who are in the menopausal stage complain about suffering from insomnia. To stop this, they may use sleeping aids, which can cause side-effects to their overall health. Others who suffer from insomnia seek out natural treatment. Fortunately, some recent studies have shown that the intake of the hormone progesterone can be a helpful treatment for a restful sleep at night.

German researchers have discovered and tested this kind of treatment for insomnia. They have stated that progesterone is connected to GABA, which is a neuro-chemical within the brain. It claims that this chemical relaxes the nervous system and allows clearing and relaxing the mind of a person before going to sleep. Without having the right stimulation of GABA, there may be a possibility that a person may find it hard to rest, resulting to not getting enough sleep at night. Progesterone stimulates these GABA receptors. That is why progesterone is essential for a restful sleep and when the supplement of progesterone has been taken or given, the brain waves tends to slow down, allowing a person to have a restful sleep.

To help those women combat having insomnia, professional researchers recommend the use of progesterone which is natural and in the form of a cream. The good thing about this additional progesterone treatment is that it provides the progesterone needed by the body and acting as a natural sleep aid.

Magnesium

Having a sweet sleep is always difficult to achieve for anyone suffering from insomnia. Luckily, aside from intake of progesterone supplement, there is another natural supplement- Magnesium. Over 50 percent of the population is deficient in Magnesium.  It is one of my favorite minerals and is responsible for over 1000 physiological reactions in the body.   Based on many recent studies, magnesium has been found to assist falling asleep and staying asleep.

Moreover, magnesium is a natural muscle relaxant and it is the function of magnesium to induce more states of sleep.  Although you may think that you are getting enough amount of magnesium from in your diet, studies show that 50 percent of the population is deficient. It is recommended that you have your magnesium levels tested before supplementing.

How can you get the most out of magnesium supplement for a restful sleep?

There are a lot of effective and possible ways you can take magnesium for a good sleep. One way is by applying a cream to your skin. The Magnesium Cream from the Lee Clinic contains 250 mg per pump. For sleep I generally recommend 2 to 3 pumps per day. If you prefer to take a pill. Magnesium is one of the hardest nutrients to get into the body and using it in the form of a cream bypasses the gut and will not cause diarrhea . If you choose to take the pill form, start slowly and increase to bowel tolerance.

While insomnia can be difficult to treat, progesterone (for women) and magnesium (for both men and women) are a great place to start.

- William M Lee MD