How to Use Magnesium for Better Sleep

Magnesium is an essential mineral in your diet and the second most common electrolyte in the human body.

It’s also a very common deficiency in many developed countries because high grain diets are poor sources of magnesium.

Magnesium is often helpful with protecting against depression and ADHD but is also a powerful sleep supplement as it’s been proven across multiple studies to promote deep sleep, muscle relaxation and recovery.

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How much magnesium to take for sleep?

You should take 200mg-400mg of magnesium for sleep.

How long does magnesium take to work for sleep?

Magnesium typically takes 20-30 minutes to take effects - so timing it before you go to bed is a smart thing to do.=

Best Types of Magnesium For Sleep

There are several types of magnesium that exist - each of them bound to different elements and provide their own costs + benefits. Heres’ the best types of magnesium for sleep.

Magnesium Citrate for Sleep

Magnesium citrate tends to have a high elemental rate and a high bioavailability rate (25-30%) and is often easily dissolved in water. If you’re interested in having a magnesium drink for sleep - this is your go-to bet.

Magnesium Glycinate for Sleep

Also both high in elemental content and bioavailable - this is absorbed in a different area of your gut than other forms. Useful for sleep, but not the go to choice.

Magnesium Oxide For Sleep

Magnesium oxide has a higher elemental rate of magnesium than other forms, but is less bioavailable. This is better used for laxative purposes than for sleep.

Magnesium L-Threonate for Sleep -

While magnesium l-threonate has a very low elemental count of magnesium (roughly 7%), it does cross the blood-brain barrier easier than other types. It’s often recommended for sleep, but can also lead to some strange dreams according to rare reports. Read our deep dive on magnesium l-threonate here.

Other types of Magnesium Sprays & Magnesium Oils

You often see magnesium sprays and magnesium oils to help with sleep. Often these cite studies that are funded by the companies that sell these oils + sprays.

However, many studies have not found better absorption through transdermal application methods and instead recommend the tried and true oral supplementation.

What To Take with Magnesium

To further improve your sleep - you can consider adding l-thenine to your magnesium cocktail to promote relaxation and rest.

Conveniently, these are the two ingredients in our flagship product - Impossible Sleep. The effects from magnesium help promote deep sleep while l-theanine provide a calming, relaxing effect that helps you “quiet your thoughts.”

The Best Magnesium Supplement for Sleep

If you’re looking for the best night’s sleep of your life, we recommend our flagship formula - Impossible Sleep.

It contains the recommended amount of daily magnesium plus l-theanine, a naturally occurring amino

There’s no artificial sweeteners, filler, or other junk to make things complicated. Just scientifically backed, proven, high-quality components designed to help you get the best sleep of your life.

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1Magnesium for Sleep Citations & References

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About Joel Runyon

Joel Runyon

Joel Runyon is the founder of IMPOSSIBLE. Building off his impossible list, IMPOSSIBLE has grown into a blog, a fitness training site, a philanthropy initiative, along with Impossible.co - an e-commerce branch focused on performance apparel and supplements.