Two natural ingredients to help you get a restful night’s sleep
If you find yourself struggling to catch some much-needed shut-eye after a hectic day, you’re not alone. Here’s how Mother Nature can help.
In the hustle and bustle of modern life, getting a restful night’s sleep can become a little more elusive than most of us would like.
The relentless juggle of responsibilities can leave us tossing and turning – and counting not only sheep, but an endless list of chores.
Research1 commissioned by the Sleep Health Foundation reveals almost 60 per cent of Aussie adults regularly experience at least one sleep symptom, like trouble falling or staying asleep.
Breaking the cycle of sleep disruption can be hard, which is when Mother Nature can lend a hand.
She’s given us two natural ingredients known for their abilities to relax the body and the mind, and to help ease us into sleep.
1. Valerian: Nature’s soothing lullaby
A flowering herb native to Europe and Asia, valerian has been used for centuries2 to reduce sleeplessness.
With its gentle sedative effect, it is traditionally used in Western herbal medicine to calm the nerves, which can make it easier to drift off into dreamland.
It promotes relaxation, setting the stage for a peaceful night’s rest.
2. Magnesium: For easing tension and enhancing restfulness
A vital mineral found in our bodies, magnesium plays a role in promoting a sense of calm and relaxation.
Known for its muscle-relaxing properties3, it helps to ease tension in the body, paving the way for a more tranquil slumber.
In addition, this essential mineral assists in regulating the body’s internal clock4, supporting the natural sleep-wake cycle.
Your helpful bedtime companion
So how can you easily weave both these essential ingredients into your day?
Swisse Ultiboost Sleep conveniently contains both.
This premium herbal remedy contains Valerian traditionally used in Western herbal medicine to calm the mind, relieve nervous tension, soothe nerves, aid mind relaxation and reduce sleeplessness.
Simply take one to two tablets daily, 30 to 60 minutes before sleeping, or as directed by a healthcare professional.
The gentle yet effective formulation makes it a good choice for those seeking a solution to their sleep woes.
Pair with good sleep hygiene
Of course, there is no silver bullet when it comes to a sleep solution – so combine supplementation with these top tips to create an optimal bedtime environment:
- Unplug from devices
An hour before bedtime, disconnect from electronic devices to give your mind time to unwind from the constant stimulus of screens.
- Create a bedtime ritual
Establish a calming routine before bed, such as reading a book or practicing gentle stretches, to signal to your body that it’s time to wind down.
- Listen to a bedtime story
Embrace your inner child and listen to soothing bedtime stories or calming music to help lull you into dreamland.
A peaceful night’s rest is within reach –a simple blend of nature’s gifts and a few lifestyle adjustments could be all it takes to unlock the door to sweet dreams!
* This post is brought to you by Swisse Ultiboost Sleep. Always read the label and follow directions for use. If symptoms persist, consult your health professional.
1Sleep Health Foundation. https://www.sleephealthfoundation.org.au/news/media-releases/sleep-struggles-chronic-and-widespread-study.html. September 2020.
2Wenfei Wang et al. Frontiers in Nutrition. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnut.2022.927434/full. July 2022. Volume 9.
3Elmar Wienecke, Claudia Nolden. Long-term HRV analysis shows stress reduction by magnesium intake. MW Fortschr Med. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27933574/. December 2106. (Suppl 6) 12-16.
4Jean Durlach et al.. March 2002. Magnesium Research. 15 (1-2) 49-66.