The importance of sleep for the body and mind

The importance of sleep for the body and mind

Good sleep is critical to good health – both mind and body

“There is not one process in the human body (that we’re aware of) that isn’t improved by sleep,” writes author Matthew Walker in his book, Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams.

Increasingly health experts are becoming aware about how important a good night’s sleep is for its ability to support hormones balance, healing and immunity.

A survey released in 2015 by private healthcare organisation Southern Cross reviewed that almost a quarter of New Zealanders claim to feel tired or fatigued every day, with this rising to 36% among people under 301

Sleep and stress are often inter-related – if you can’t sleep you can become stressed and if you are stressed you often can’t sleep. That’s why Nutra-Life has launched Magnesium Sleep+, a unique sleep support formula which contains key ingredients like Passionflower, Hops, Lemon balm and Schisandra to help support a restful night’s sleep AND Nutra-Life Stress Ease, combining Magnesium and stress supporting herbs Ashwagandha and OcibestTM(Holy Basil) and Rehmannia

There are a number of reasons why New Zealanders aren’t getting in enough sleep and more importantly, quality sleep. With sleep, it’s not just quantity, it’s also about the quality of sleep.

  1. Caffeine.Your favorite cup of coffee could be to blame for your lack of sleep. Caffeine isn’t just found it coffee but is also contained within energy drinks and chocolate and can last in the body for up to six hours and disrupt sleep.
  2. Blue light.Using technology that emits blue light late at night can affect melatonin production, which is the hormone that tells our body it’s time to wind down for bed so switch of your devices at least 2 hours before you sleep.
  3. Wi-Fi. Exposure to electromagnetic field radiation can result in sleep disturbance in some people. Try not to sleep with your device next to your bed, or consider switching off your Wi-Fi at night.
  4. Stress.Our stress hormone cortisol is also our ‘wake up’ hormone, which is released throughout the day. When we are stressed, the body releases cortisol in the evening which tells the body to wake up when it should be winding down. Cortisol can affect not just your sleep but also your appetite which is often we want to eat more food like carbs when we are overly tired or stressed.
  5. Alcohol. Even moderate drinking can suppress deep sleep, so although you might think it is helping send you off to sleep, it is actually reducing the amount of quality sleep you are getting.

TAKE YOUR MAGNESIUM

Magnesium possesses a host of health benefits. Nutra-Life Magnesium Sleep+ and Stress Ease use a premium magnesium offering, containing magnesium amino acid chelate – an easily absorbed organic form of magnesium that allows for higher absorption in the body when compared to magnesium oxide.

Magnesium acts as an integral part of a number of the body’s biological processes, and assists with nerve, heart and muscle function, bone development, as well as sleep and supporting the mind and body in times of stress.

Magnesium is sometimes referred to as the ‘relaxation’ mineral - magnesium can help the brain to wind down and prepare the body for sleep by regulating neurotransmitters and melatonin and help calm the nerves in the light of day.

HOW MUCH SLEEP SHOULD YOU BE GETTING2?

While recommended amount of sleep an individual needs varies depending on age, physical and environmental factors, research suggests these are the healthy periods of sleep recommended for different age groups:

  • Newborns (0-3 months): 14-17 hours per day
  • Infants (4-11 months): 12-15 hours per day
  • Toddlers (1-2 years): 11-14 hours per day
  • Preschoolers (3-5 years): 10-13 hours per day
  • School age children (6-13 years): 9-11 hours per day
  • Teenagers (14-17 years): 8-10 hours per day
  • Adults (18-64): 7-9 hours per day
  • Older adults (65+): 7-8 hours per day

OcibestTMis a trademark of Natural Remedies Pvt. Ltd.

Always read the label. Use only as directed. Vitamin and mineral supplements should not replace a balanced diet. If symptoms persist talk to your healthcare professional. Vitaco Health (NZ) Ltd., Auckland.

1https://www.southerncross.co.nz/group/media-releases/2015/shocking-sleep-stats

2https://www.sleepfoundation.org/excessive-sleepiness/support/how-much-sleep-do-we-really-need

3rd Sep 2019 Nutra-Life

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