How to Improve Sleep and Reduce Stress with One Simple Step
Would you like to know how to improve your sleep and reduce stress? Don’t we all! Stress is all too common in modern society, and with plenty of opinions and articles suggesting newer and trendier ways of reducing stress or upgraded mattresses, it can be very confusing to find what actually works. Luckily, we keep it simple and straightforward with the best ways to improve sleep and reduce stress for you!
The One Foolproof Step to Relaxation
There are many supplements, treatments, therapies, and tips to improve sleep and reduce stress. So, what actually works? We’re sure that many of them are effective and worth trying to reduce stress and help you sleep better. However, sticking with a natural route that has been tried and tested for many decades now has certainly stuck around for a reason and it’s because it works!
The answer is magnesium oil!
What is magnesium oil? It’s a liquid version of the mineral magnesium, normally in supplement form and found in everyone’s go-to soaking bath product—Epsom salt. If that hasn’t instantly converted you, there’s an estimated 80% of people who are deficient in magnesium! Our bodies contain magnesium in our blood, bones, and organs, therefore, the fact that so many of us don’t have enough of it is no surprise to why stress is such a constant issue around the world.
There are different ways that our bodies become deficient in magnesium and these are the top ones:
- Stress—no shocker there.
- Caffeine—you don’t have to give it up, but perhaps cut back if you’re having an excess of it during a particularly stressful timeframe.
- Sugar—we all should be consuming less sugar in a perfect world. Indulge in sweets that are sweetened with a sugar alternative, like stevia, erythritol, or honey rather than cane sugar.
- Alcohol—try reducing your alcohol consumption to once a week and not going overboard, or adding in magnesium supplements, as well as B vitamins, to put back what alcohol removes from your body when you drink.
- Hypertension Medications—consult your physician on any medications for hypertension you may be taking and start taking a magnesium supplement to help reverse the effects.
- Antibiotics—not all antibiotics cause this, but if you are on them, try adding magnesium into your daily routine while you take them.
- Birth Control Pills—while on these, include a magnesium supplement or magnesium oil to bring this important mineral back into your system.
How did we learn about magnesium oil? At Botanica Day Spa, one of our massage therapists started talking about how she’d been noticing a big difference with one of her clients since she started using magnesium oil during her massage appointments upon request/recommendation for this specific client. She said that it helps with muscle cramping and relieves pain and is really good for you. The facts noted above certainly suggest the same!
Magnesium is vital to the human body and is one of the six main minerals your body needs to function optimally. Not having enough magnesium can cause:
- Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
- Sleep Disorders
- Low Blood Pressure
- Low Testosterone Levels
Most of these symptoms are often attributed to stress and it could all add up to not enough magnesium! Did you know increasing magnesium intake improves thinking and overall body function? How can it do that? Well, more than three hundred enzymes in the body require magnesium to work, plus the ability to reduce stress and improve sleep can certainly allow for better thinking.
There are multiple ways to add magnesium to your daily routine. There is a powder version that promotes better sleep, which you can mix with hot water and drink before bed. Athletes use this after intense workouts or marathons to help leg cramps and sore muscles. You can also massage or spray it on your skin with magnesium oil, like our massage therapists can do for clients (upon request and/or consultation with the massage therapist). And don’t forget, there’s the go-to Epsom salt for adding into a nice, long hot bath! Bonus: magnesium can also be found in many foods, like dark leafy greens, pumpkin, squash and…dark chocolate. Yassss! Another excuse to eat chocolate and reduce stress and promote better sleep? We’ll take it!
For more on magnesium oil, you can contact us at Botanica Day Spa and even purchase it in-house from our chic boutique shop! Happy days are here!