Chiropractor Shares Research: Magnesium Helps with Sleep

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Research Commentary;

Magnesium Helps with Sleep

 A review of

Cao, Y., Zhen, S., Taylor, A. W., Appleton, S., Atlantis, E., & Shi, Z. (2018, September 21). Magnesium intake and sleep disorder symptoms: Findings from the Jiangsu Nutrition Study of Chinese adults at five-year follow-up. MDPI. Retrieved October 30, 2022, from

Research Reviewed by Dr. Antonio Flaquer

Summarized Review of Conclusion:

            In this study they concluded that dietary magnesium consumption was inversely related with falling asleep during the day in women than in men. There was no associations found between dietary magnesium consumption and daytime sleepiness or snoring at night.

 Below I have referenced key quotes from this research to help summarize the results.

Quotes from the Article:

“Magnesium, a cofactor involved in more than 300 enzyme systems, regulates diverse biochemical reactions in the body [8]. Recently, magnesium has also been found to regulate cellular timekeeping in both animal and plant cells [9], thus it is beneficial to maintain the normal circadian rhythms and ensure a quality sleep in humans.”


“Low dietary magnesium intake was found to be significantly associated with depression [11]. It is known that depression is associated with poor sleep. However, the studies on dietary magnesium and sleep are limited.”


Introduction to the Research

The purpose of the research was to determine if magnesium in fact helps improve the symptoms of insomnia and help those with different sleep disorders.


Research Methodology

For the current analysis, we included only those subjects with baseline (in 2002) magnesium intake and sleep records at follow-up (in 2007) (n = 1487) (Figure 1). The study was conducted according to the guidelines in the Declaration of Helsinki, and all procedures were approved by the Jiangsu Provincial Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. Informed consent for participation was obtained from each participant.


Research Findings

The biggest takeaway from this research is knowing how important sleep is for us. Sleep is one of the best ways to make sure we are “refueling” if you will, to make sure our bodies are maintaining homoeostasis. When we maintain homeostasis, our bodies are able to function at an optimal level. Although supplements are not the final answer to getting you a better night’s rest, magnesium in fact does help with people with sleep disorders or signs and symptoms of insomnia.


Research References

As always with these reviews, these are my takeaways from the article and I encourage you to read the article in its entirety.  The references used in this article by the authors of this article are listed here.

Our Message

We love to help our patients in McKinney stay healthy. We are here to relieve back pain, neck pain and headaches while also teaching about how our diet and stress effects our over all health. Taking care of your mental health is just as important as the chiropractic adjustment and getting the proper nutrients to stay healthy. Our Doctors, near the corner of Eldorado Pkwy and Stonebridge Dr., want to help you stay healthy and out of pain!