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Insomnia during pregnancy: how magnesium can help

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54% of women will experience insomnia during their pregnancy, either as “sleep-onset” insomnia (trouble falling asleep) or “sleep-maintenance” insomnia (trouble staying asleep).

An inability to get adequate, quality sleep can impact a pregnant woman’s health on a number of levels. Insomnia during pregnancy has been linked with increased risks of post-partum depression, pre-eclampsia, and gestational diabetes.

Treating insomnia during pregnancy can be a challenge, with few safe prescription options available.

One promising option is magnesium, which has been shown to improve sleep quality, particularly in cases of restless-legs syndrome, and is safe in doses up to 360mg per day in pregnant women.

With the magnesium content in food declining, magnesium deficiency is becoming more prevalent. In addition to its role in addressing insomnia, this essential mineral can be used therapeutically in pregnancy to decrease muscle cramps, headaches, and high blood pressure (more on this in future weekly tips!).

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In health,

Dr Jocelyn Land-Murphy, ND

Terra Life

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References:

Guerrera, M. et al. (2009). Therapeutic uses of magnesium. American Family Physician, 80(2): 157-162.

Hornyak, M. et al. (1998). Magnesium therapy for periodic leg movements-related insomnia and restless legs syndrome: an open pilot study. Europe PMC, 21(5): 501-505.

Ibrahim, S. & Foldvary-Schaefer, N. (2012). Sleep disorders in pregnancy: implications, evaluation and treatment. Neurology Clinical Practice, 30: 925-936.

National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements. (n.d.). Magnesium: fact sheet for health professionals. Retrieved from https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Magnesium-HealthProfessional/

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