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Dec 11, 2019

Sleep, a time in which the nervous system is inactive, the eyes are closed, postural muscles are relaxed, and consciousness is lost [1].
 
Memory consolidation, rest and digest, restoration of memory and mind, body replenishment and rejuvenation all occur whilst we sleep. However, 70% of Australians do not sleep the recommended 8 hours per night [2].
 

There are many contributing factors that may impact the ability to fall or stay asleep. Work, stress, environment or diet can all impact muscle relaxation and sleep [3].
 
Quality sleep can support learning, coping with stress, brain function, productivity and supporting a healthy immune system.
 

One of the ways that we can support the body to fall asleep is by creating a night-time routine that allows the body to relax, assisting with sleep onset and maintenance [4].
 

Reducing screen time, meditating, reading or having a warm bath are a beautiful addition to night time routines. Herbs such as Hops have been used traditionally in Western Herbal Medicine to calm down the nervous system and support a restful sleep.
 

Magnesium facilitates muscle relaxation helping to support the body and mind ready for relaxation. A third of Australians do not meet the dietary requirements of magnesium every day [5]. Magnesium is a cofactor in neurotransmitter synthesis, increasing GABA activity. GABA is a neurotransmitter that promotes sleep, its role in the body is to reduce the activity or neurons in the brain and thereby calming the Central Nervous System [6].
 

Swisse Ultiboost Magnesium + Sleep Powder is a premium powder formulation, made up of a blend of Passionflower, Hops, Magnesium, plus nutrients including calcium, choline and inositol. It contains two forms of magnesium; magnesium citrate and amino acid chelate (glycine) which have been found to have higher bioavailability than magnesium oxide and is thus more easily absorbed [7].
 

Sleep is important for cognitive function, learning, memory, mood, motivation, judgement and our perception of events8. Consider Swisse Ultiboost Magnesium + Sleep Powder as part of your nightly wind-down ritual to help promote restful sleep.
 

By Swisse expert Lauren McDowell
 
Always read the label. Follow the directions for use. Supplements can only be of assistance when dietary intake is inadequate. *Swisse Ultiboost Magnesium + Sleep Powder contains Hops traditionally used in Western Herbal Medicine.
 
References:
[1] Oxford Dictionary
[2,8] The Wellness Survey, Nielson 2018
[3,4] Sleep Health Foundation, 2019 5 Project GALKAL 2017
[6,7] Abbasi et al. 2012 6 Walker (2003) Mag Res 16: 183-91

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