Sleep & The Mineral Connection

Sleep Issues & The Mineral Connection

Minerals

Trace minerals, like Magnesium, Zinc, Selenium and Iodine are all vital for our health. In fact, trace minerals are needed for hundreds of thousands of functions within our bodies. The above minerals are vital for Thyroid health, for example.

Being mineral deficient has dire consequences for our health. Many serious long-term illnesses have their roots in a very simple and straightforward mineral deficiency… so it pays to be aware of the importance of trace minerals and to take steps to ensure you are getting the right minerals for your health, either through your diet or via supplementation.

Sleep is heavily compromised in those who are deficient in Magnesium, but the same is true of those who suffer from yeast / fungal infections.

In this article you will learn why minerals as so important for sleep, particularly Magnesium, and you will learn to self-diagnose the reasons why you have a sleep disorder and what you can do to remedy it.

We heal when we are asleep, and so restoring your sleep cycle is one of the most health-affirming things you can do.

In this article…

  • Why Are We Mineral Deficient?
  • What Does Mineral Deficiency Ultimately Mean?
  • Mineral Deficiency Causes Insomnia
  • Insomnia Cascade
  • Curing Insomnia
  • Sleep Routine
  • Sleep Disruption & The Liver Connection
  • Vital Minerals
  • Ionised Minerals
  • Heavy Metals
  • Magnesium Deficiency
  • Fulvic Humic Acid
  • Sleep Regulation WIth Ashwagandha
  • Technology & Poor Sleep

Why Are We Mineral Deficient?

Deteriorating gut health is one of the key causes of mineral deficiency. A poorly functioning gut will prevent us from absorbing the nutrients from our food, and minerals are some of the first nutrients we fail to digest.

Our soil has been largely stripped of any nutrients. Most of the minerals have been lost from our soil over the last few decades.

80% of nutrients have been lost from our soil in the last 70 years. Food grown in depleted soil will be as nutrient deficient as the soil itself.

Intensive, large-scale farming, in the form of mono-cropping, has ensured extensive soil erosion. Also, large scale farming operations use lots of chemicals to artificially grow crops, which do absolutely NOTHING to replenish the nutrients in the soil.

Sadly, we have really been fed a line where modern farming methods are concerned. They are claimed to improve efficiency and crop yield, but they don’t. And, we are told that using pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers is the sustainable way forward. Pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers are all petro-chemicals, which means they are derived from fossil fuels, and unless we’ve had our heads under a rock for the last fifty years, we all know fossil fuels are fast running out.

Anything which ends in …icide, like herbicide, pesticide, lavicide, regicide and suicide… means :: TO KILL. Sadly, everything in wildlife is needed for the correct balance and health of the whole… to kill entire swathes of insects and plants is disastrous in the long-term.

Organic farming takes care of the soil and ensures much greater nutirent density within the soil than any other method of farming. It works WITH nature instead of against it.

If you want to improve your overall health as well as your sleep, then perhaps it’s time to start eating organic?

Because the consequences of stripping the earth of it’s nutrients has dire consequences for all living things, modern farming methods have been declared a crime against humanity as well as a crime against the environment, aka Ecocide.

RIP Polly Higgins

What Does Mineral Deficiency Ultimately Mean?

If we are trace mineral-deficient the outcome is pretty bleak.

I’m sorry, but there’s no nice way of saying this. If we are mineral deficient we will eventually get sick at a systemic level, which will eventually lead to a terminal illness. However, in the meantime, our daily lives will be made increasingly difficult as well.

One of the ways in which a mineral deficiency makes itself felt is in it’s ability to deliver night after night of sleeplessness.

Also, if we are mineral deficient we are also likely to be suffering from heavy metal toxicity, which is implicated in all neuro-degenerative disorders. If you are forgetful as well as unable to sleep, then you also need to read Heavy Metal Toxicity & Hormone Health.

Mineral Deficiency Causes Insomnia

Once it’s understood that trace minerals are vital for our systemic health it’s not hard to imagine why mineral deficiency causes insomnia. Insufficient Magnesium, in particular, is a big issue.

In fact, according to Norman Shealy, MD, Ph.D, a preeminent neurosurgeon…

Every known illness is associated with a magnesium deficiency and it’s the missing cure to many diseases.

So, it’s not only your sleep that will improve if you start supplementing with Magnesium. Many other biological processes will return to normal when Magnesium levels are restored.

Plus, Magnesium helps regulate other minerals like Calcium and Potassium, so the knock-on effect will be significant.

Insomnia Cascade

But, perhaps more importantly, where sleep is concerned, low Magnesium levels make Vitamin D ineffective. Vitamin D, which is actually an Hormone, is as critically important for sleep as Magnesium. So, a Magnesium deficiency causes a cascade of events which make it increasingly difficult to enjoy restorative sleep.

Curing Insomnia

Luckily, the solution for insomnia, in most cases, is pretty simple.

Quite often, increasing Magnesium and Vitamin D3 with Vitamin K2, will do the trick. Finding natural ways of increasing these constituents is preferable, through diet and bone broth etc, but if your gut is compromised, sometimes applying minerals to the skin is the best way forward. Magnesium Oil is one option, and then there’s Mineral Spritz, containing 26 different minerals, which is also useful.

I could not believe how much a few sprays of the mineral spray would help my overall health and sleep.

Fiona, Southern Ireland

**If you take supplements to assist you sleep, please be aware of the following.

Minerals prefer to go through the skin as opposed to being digested via the gut, especially if you have compromised digestion.

The very popular Wild As The Wind product Mineral Spritz, as mentioned above, is one of several transdermal mineral rich products. Mineral Spritz also has the added benefit of potentially alleviating Eczema and Psoriasis, and often eliminating the appearance of dry skin, replacing it with skin that looks really healthy and feels silky to the touch.

Epsom Salts are also a great way of getting Magnesium into the body, but there are environmental issues to be considered here.

Using a Mineral Spritz is a lot more environmentally sound.

Food sources of vital minerals are covered in the video at the end of this article. This highly informative video also covers all of the foods to avoid to optimise mineral absorption.

In addition, it mentions how prescription drugs interfere with our mineral absorption.

Vitamin D requires Vitamin K2 to be assimilated.

Do not take Vitamin D close to bedtime, it will keep you awake!

Sleep issues can also be caused by mould, aka mycotoxins. If you have mould in your home, or you have been exposed to mould elsewhere, or you are hypersensitive to chemicals, perfumes and air fresheners etc, have chronic sinusitis or suffer from migraines, then your problem could be mould… Mould will even cause hormonal issues, gout and diabetes! Learn more about this in Mould Is A Super-Toxin

Sleep Routine

Ensuring proper nutrition is vitally important, but so is routine, and what we do in the run-up to going to bed.

Many consider the ideal time to go to bed to be approximately 10.00pm, with others believing an even earlier bedtime is optimally beneficial.

Because we do most of our healing when we are asleep, it’s best to be in the land of nod for the important daily maintenance schedule of the body.

Eastern medicine determines the daily maintenance schedule is based on the following timescales.

***I have started the schedule at 9.00pm with the Endocrine System & Pancreas which span 9.00pm until 11.00pm.

  • 9.00pm to 11.00pm :: Endocrine System & Pancreas
  • 11.00pm to 1.00am :: Gallbladder
  • 1.00am to 3.00am :: Liver
  • 3.00am to 5.00am :: Lungs
  • 5.00am to 7.00am :: Large intestine
  • 7.00am to 9.00am :: Stomach
  • 9.00am to 11.00am :: Spleen
  • 11.00am to 1.00pm :: Heart
  • 1.00pm to 3.00pm :: Small Intestines
  • 3.00pm to 5.00pm :: Bladder
  • 5.00pm to 7.00pm :: Kidneys
  • 7.00pm to 9.00pm :: Circulation

It is considered extremely beneficial to be asleep when the night-time organ processes take place. For example, the Liver, which is our major detox organ, fulfils many of its most critical functions in the early hours of the morning.

Sleep Disruption & The Liver Connection

I am regularly informed, on the days that I am ‘customer facing’ (in other words, out on a market somewhere), that people are consistently waking up at three ‘o’ clock in the morning. Fascinatingly, this is almost certainly due to some kind of Liver issue in most cases.

Our Livers are being made to work excessively hard. Modern diets and modern stressful living are really making themselves felt. In a lot of cases our Livers are overwhelmed, and can’t function properly.

If you have cellulite, wake at three in the morning, and come down with everything that’s going around, then your Liver is almost certainly not functioning properly.

Whilst the Liver processes fat, and cutting down, especially on bad fats is highly advisable whilst we get our Livers back on track… it’s actually these things which we need to elimnate from our lives:

Hormone Disrupting Substances & Cures

EMF The New Manmade Evil

Sitting in front of computer screens is giving us fatty Liver!

***People with lowered immunity tend to be mineral deficient. Our immune systems need minerals in order to function properly.

Aside from supplementing with minerals, here’s a few other things you can do:

Lemon & Cayenne Liver Support Drink

Coffee Enemas For Liver Cleansing *Detoxing The Major Detox Pathway

Best Essential Oils For Weight Loss + Digestive & Liver Health

Vital Minerals

Chromium, *Copper, Iodine, Iron, Manganese, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, Sodium, Calcium and Zinc

*Copper is a problematic mineral. There’s a lot of people who are obtaining toxic levels of Copper in their diet, especially if they are supplementing with a multi-vitamin.

*We should only seek to obtain our Calcium intake from food, via leafy greens etc, as Calcium supplementation has been proven to cause serious health issues.

Be aware also, that more Calcium is robbed from the bones to process the Calcium in milk than is actually obtained from consuming milk products.

Ionised Minerals

Ensuring we have a consistent source of bio-available minerals is vitally important if we are to achieve restful sleep as well as good overall health.

The body can only use ionised minerals, and so it is important to supplement with a good source of ionised minerals. In this instance ionisation means pre-digested.

However, this is not the only potential cause of malabsorption of minerals. Poor gut health will also lead to malabsorption.

Heavy Metals

Heavy Metal Toxicity can play a significant role in mineral deficiency. For example Aluminium will deplete Magnesium levels.

The way in which heavy metals tend to cause us mineral issues is because heavy metals occupy the same binding sites as minerals in the body So, if we are mineral deficient our bodies will use heavy metals, from the air, water or our food, to try and complete the bodily functions for which minerals are needed. It’s a bit of an ‘any port in a storm’ type scenario.

In fact, having insufficient minerals forces our bodies to retain heavy metals instead of detoxing them. So, before we even think about embarking on a heavy metal detox we must first ensure we are obtaining enough ionised minerals every day.

And we need to be sure our Liver is able to cope with intensified levels of detoxification, because all of the heavy metals we start dumping back out into our system will have to be processed and sent packing by our livers! If out livers aren’t coping with the normal level of detoxification, then mobilising heavy metals is a really bad idea.

Go here to read how toxic Heavy Metals are for our bodies, and how we need to detox our livers before performing a full body detox.

When we supplement with ionised minerals, and we don’t have any gut absorption issues, then we jail-break the heavy metals and replace them with minerals. Essentially the minerals push the metals out.

This is what mobilises the metals!

Magnesium Deficiency

Most of us are Magnesium deficient.

Magnesium is vital for a good many of our most important biochemical processes. Up to about 700 in fact.

Refined sugar also ploughs through our Magnesium stores as we require a lot of Magnesium to process refined sugar out of the body.

On top of this, sugar actually decreases Magnesium absorption and also prompts the Kidneys to excrete Magnesium faster. As Magnesium is vital for stabilising blood sugar a rapid downward spiral is achieved. One of the key reasons so many of us are deficient in Magnesium is because there is so much hidden sugar and even tangible refined sugar within our Western diets.

Another reason is the amount of stress, which includes physical stress, that we are all under in the modern world.

If you suffer from things like anxiety and restless leg syndrome then it’s time to get yourself some magnesium mineral supplements!

*A good way of topping up our mineral intake is by re-mineralising filtered drinking water with something like Himalayan Rock Salt, as mentioned in Morning Detox Protocols.

Magnesium actually prefers to enter the body trans-dermally rather than via the digestive tract. There’s a product called Magnesium Oil, which isn’t an oil at all, that can be sprayed on the skin so the Magnesium can be absorbed via the skin.

Fulvic Humic Acid

Fulvic Humic Acid, aka Shilajit, is extremely mineral rich and has been formed from decomposing plants and animals a very long time ago. It is a very rich source of minerals.

Sleep Regulation WIth Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is a brilliant, mood elevating, calm-retoring herbal remedy often used to help restore hormonal balance in stressed out women. But, many men, who are working flat out are becoming increasingly reliant on the broad healing powers of this supe-cure.

Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb, which means it replenishes where there is insufficiency in the body, and it also reduces where there is too much of something in the body. So, Ashwagandha is all about bringing balance back to burnt out systems.

One of the ways it does this is by exerting a sleep regulating influence on the body, as well as enabling a more restorative form of sleepto take place.

Technology & Poor Sleep

There is no question that modern technology, in the form of Smart Phones, Computers, tablets and TVs, is robbing of the ability to sleep on a grand scale.

I very much hope you read the following article and take the practical steps advised:

Evening Detox Protocols

If you have any of the following, insomnia, anxiety, fatigue, high blood pressure, migraine and clustered headaches, muscle pain, and cramping, then you will benefit from this video…

Disclaimer

The information provided is not intended to replace the medical directives of your healthcare provider. This information is not meant for the diagnosis of health issues. If you are pregnant, have serious or multiple health concerns, consult with your healthcare provider before using essential oils or associated products. If you experience any complications or adverse reactions contact your healthcare provider.

Deepen your knowledge by using the Wild As The Wind Recommended Resources

Another resource you may find useful can be found by following the link below. *Please note, I use sources from the Recommended Resources list as well as sources from the Healthcare and Skincare Information Sources list when researching articles for the Wild As The Wind Blog.

Best Healthcare and Skincare Information Sources.

Wild As The Wind use a number of resources when deciding which essential oil formulas to put together for optimal healing and efficacy, as well as to support any health claims we may make.

We use the industry ‘bible’ on essential oil safety: Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals [2nd Edition] by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, to establish the safety of the Wild As The Wind formulations.

We owe a particular debt to GreenMedInfo, and, of course, the teachings of Penny Price and Patricia Davis.

Many of the scientific studies used to inform the claims made on this website are via GreenMedInfo, as well as via Dr. Josh Axe, Ty Bollinger on the Truth About Cancer website as well as, on the odd occasion, Dr. Eric Zielinski

Other resources include:

  • PubMed
  • WebMD
  • Robert Tisserand
  • Dr. Robert Pappas
  • AromaWeb
About Rachel Wild

Rachel Wild is the Creative Director at Wild As The Wind. She's been a professional writer for print and digital publication for more years than she cares to remember. She is no longer a 'writer for rent', now very gratefully, devoting all of her time to her passion... writing about health and well-being and sharing it as far and wide as she can. (Please help her!)

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