NMN can have such a profound impact on improving NAD+ levels, fundamental to so many vital cellular functions, that when people first start taking NMN they can be taken aback by just how much energy they suddenly have and lie awake at night. If you are a retired pensioner and your energy has suddenly increased to what it was as a 40-year-old, then you need to start moving like you used to! If you are 40-years-old and in your younger days you used to play squash three times a week, that might be what your body is calling for again!
NAD+ is a central mediator of cellular energy metabolism and as we age, our NAD+ levels decrease, contributing to so many aging factors we experience such as reduced energy and endurance and just generally feeling more tired. Which explains why when we take NMN to increase NAD+ levels, activating our ageing genes called SIRTUINS and suppressing the ageing process, we feel so revitalised and full of energy again.
Why is it so important to utilise this newfound energy? If you don’t make the most of this energy boost you may experience restlessness at night. This is your body telling you it needs more activity – both physical and mental. As your NAD+ levels improve, the boost in energy means your body will need you to increase your energy expenditure – and you should expect to feel fantastic doing it!
Upping the amount of exercise you do during the day – as well as the intensity of the exercise - is the best way to spend this energy and guarantee a good night’s sleep. If you’ve spent years sluggish and half-asleep on the bus to work, now is a great time to get off the bus several stops earlier and enjoy a brisk walk instead!
If, whilst you’re building up your activity to optimal levels, you’re feeling wide awake and struggling to get to sleep at night there’s something else you can try. We would advise taking magnesium one or two hours before sleep. In fact, an estimated half of the population are believed to be magnesium deficient, so it’s a fantastic mineral to take to supplement your diet anyway.
As well as helping you sleep, the benefits of taking magnesium are well-known, including reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, lowering blood pressure, improved bone health and reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Try taking magnesium glycinate. Glycinate is the mineral salt form of glycine, which is an amino acid essential to our central nervous system. Whilst we produce glycine naturally, our bodies can’t keep up with their own demand – and when your energy levels are increased the body is going to struggle even more with that demand. So, while you’re at it, feel free to take both
magnesium glycinate and a separate glycine supplement to maximize the beneficial effects!
Some foods are a great source of magnesium – including almond, cashew, and Brazil nuts and, that’s right, dark chocolate! The reason taking magnesium glycinate works so well though is it’s very readily absorbed by the body.
Additional benefits from taking magnesium glycinate can include improving pre-existing conditions – such as helping to manage blood sugar control in those already with diabetes and helping ease fibromyalgia symptoms. It has also been shown to help relieve anxiety and can help alleviate PMT symptoms as well.
Don’t forget to exercise your mind as well to help you sleep. With increased NAD+ levels you should feel the benefits of improved mental clarity too – added to increased energy and endurance and put to good use you should be completing the crossword in record time! Ensuring you’re intensifying both your mind and body workouts and increasing your movement in general, combined with taking magnesium at night, should see you reaping the benefits of supplementing with NMN whilst also getting a great night’s sleep.
*Nothing mentioned in this article is a medical advice and you should always consult your doctor before taking any supplements.