If you’re tired of trying to stay awake for a full eight hours at a time, magnesium may be the answer for you.
According to a study published this week, magnesium supplements may help you to stay asleep longer, reduce the number of sleepless nights and increase your energy.
According the study, people who took magnesium supplements at least once a week saw their sleep levels go up by as much as 25 percent compared to those who didn’t take the supplements.
The researchers say that this increase was not due to more magnesium, but to its ability to block the effects of stress hormones that can affect your sleep.
While the research does not offer a definitive answer as to why magnesium helps keep you awake longer, it does offer some hope for those who are looking to get back into the habit of getting enough sleep every night.
“This study suggests that magnesium may have a role in reducing the duration of sleep fragmentation, which can occur when people are chronically sleep deprived,” lead researcher Dr. Yanae Okumura told Recode.
“We hypothesize that magnesium can help maintain wakefulness and sleep duration during fragmented sleep, but more work is needed to determine whether this effect is permanent.”
This study was supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the U.S. Army Research Office.