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Why magnesium is key to a good night’s sleep

If you struggle to get a solid eight hour sleep, there is something you can do to support your sleep quality.

Do you struggle to get to sleep at night? Or when you do manage to nod off, do you feel like you're not truly getting that magically restorative sleep your body craves? Maintaining your magnesium levels is important for supporting a good night's sleep, as well as helping with general relaxation and soothing muscle tension.

What's more, it's one of the most important nutrients as it is involved with hundreds of processes within the body but is easily depleted when the body is under stress from things such as exercise, stressful situations, poor diet and our busy lifestyles. Our bodies don't produce magnesium - we must get everything we need from outside sources - and for that reason it's not uncommon to be deficient.

Only 3 percent of Kiwi women aged between 25-39 and 6 percent aged 40-49 report that they're getting enough sleep each night*. So what can you do about it?

Sleep sound:

Difficulty sleeping is common in those presenting with low levels of magnesium. You may often find you're restless in the night, you wake frequently and you have trouble even getting to sleep in the first place. Restless-legs keeping you up? That's a cry for magnesium, too.

Food fight:

Stock up on magnesium-rich food next time you're at the supermarket and add these into your diet - don't worry, there are plenty of delicious options! Think dark leafy greens, cashews, almonds, squash, broccoli, legumes, meat and even dark chocolate and coffee.

Supplement your diet:

Magnesium helps your entire body run well, both during sleep and your waking hours, so guarantee yourself a good dose daily with Go Healthy GO Magnesium 1-A-Day. This high strength formula contains 500mg of magnesium per capsule and is a great way of ensuring you get your recommended daily intake of this vital mineral to help keep you operating at your best.

Available exclusively in pharmacies and health stores.

GO Healthy GO Magnesium 1-A-Day is proudly made in New Zealand from Select Imported Ingredients. Always read the label and use as directed. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional. GO Healthy, Wellington. PP2893

*Bauer Media All Women Talk Health Survey 2018