Body

6 steps to the best night’s sleep

There's more than a few health benefits associated with a good night's sleep.

Very few of us here in New Zealand are getting enough shut-eye and it's flat-out frustrating.

The statistics are shockingly low in fact, with only three per cent of Kiwi women aged between 25-39 and six per cent aged 40-49 reporting they're getting enough sleep every night*.

Quality sleep is vital in keeping our systems running effectively and we need those eight hours of restoration to ensure we have the energy levels to function the next day.

Help your body and mind feel more restful come nighttime with simple lifestyle changes you can make today.

1.) Create a sleep sanctuary

Think blackout curtains, earplugs and eye mask at the ready, a cooler bedroom temperature of around 18C if you can and minimal noise. Put your phone on airplane mode to avoid interruptions in the night but ensure your alarm still goes off in the morning.

2.) Stick to a schedule

Try to go to bed and get up at the same time each day - yes, even at the weekend - to help regulate your body clock.

3.) Avoid napping

We've all heard of the wonders of a power nap when you're sleep deprived but it doesn't bode well for falling asleep easily later on. Avoid daytime naps and keep sleep for nighttime only.

4.) Exercise daily

Whether you prefer light exercise or a vigorous workout, getting in some fitness each day will help lift your mood, decrease your stress and promote better sleep patterns. That post-exercise drop in body temperature is beneficial for preparing your body for sleep, too.

5.) Indulge in a nightly pre-sleep ritual

This could be reading, meditation or breathing exercises or anything that makes you feel calm. Make sure you do it away from bright light and keep your electronic devices in another room to avoid distraction and the blue light stimulating your brain, which can decrease drowsiness.

6.) Support your lifestyle changes with the right supplement

GO Healthy GO Magnesium Sleep is formulated to help support a deep relaxed sleep, with two forms of magnesium to promote muscle relaxation and ease nervous tension, plus tart cherry to help you get to sleep and stay asleep. Take two VegeCaps daily, one hour before bed, to relax the body and mind, and foster the good night's sleep you deserve.

GO Magnesium Sleep 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. Available exclusively in pharmacies and health stores. TAPs approval number: PP2378