As temperatures soar during the Summer, sleeping can become a bit of an issue in these hot sticky nights, so how do we best ensure a restful slumber and get our recommended eight hours shut eye?
Health pioneers BetterYou are advising those struggling to drop off to use transdermal magnesium to help relax muscles and reduce feelings of restlessness before sleep.
A study published in the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine found that when the body’s magnesium levels are too low, it makes it harder to stay asleep .
Andrew Thomas, founder and managing director at BetterYou, said: “Magnesium is a natural relaxant and our bodies need this vital mineral in order to maintain a state of rest.
“When the body heats up we sweat and important minerals such as magnesium are lost depleting stores further.
“As our feet are amongst the most absorbent areas of the body and perfect for magnesium replenishment, the footbath is a great way to top up your magnesium levels and also helps to send you off into a wonderful slumber.”
Feet are also pretty sensitive to temperature because there are lots of pulse points in the feet and ankles so BetterYou advises using tepid water to cool you down and swiftly send you off to dreamland.
A clinical trial by Cardiff University (2011) showed how well magnesium is absorbed through the skin feeding every cell. Watkins & Josling (2010) showed the dramatic increase in magnesium levels that can be achieved compared to oral supplements when used on magnesium-deficient patients.
Magnesium Flakes are available from Harrods, Liberty London, Holland & Barrett, independent retailers across the UK andwww.betteryou.com starting from RRP £3.49, inflatable footbaths are available from independent retailers andwww.betteryou.com RRP £9.95