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www.times.co.nz Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, March 5, 2015 — 21 111450-V5 Settling In www.lawnheat.co.nz 64a TI RAKAU DR, PAKURANGA Phone 576 5225 OPEN 7 DAYS 122186-V3 FROM $59.95 Includes: Lawn Mower Service TRADE INS WELCOME! NEW Mowers from $499 See our friendly team today our homes today Lack of sleep makes Kiwis miserable Experts recommend a regular bed and wake-up time NOT getting 40 winks is making us unhappy, with the majority of New Zealanders saying they feel sad or depressed as a result of missing out on sleep. A new survey, commissioned by local sleep support company Tru2U, found women are affected the most, with 65 per cent saying they struggle to feel happy after a disappointing snooze, compared to just over half of men — 54 per cent. The research found most Kiwis are not getting enough shut-eye to operate at their peak physical or mental capacity, with 58 per cent believing they don’t get enough sleep or feel well rested. It also revealed 56 per cent struggle to get to sleep at night or have a family member who is left counting sheep every evening. But the dangers of not getting enough sleep are much more than just feeling down the next day. Generation Y are more likely to struggle with sleep than any other age group, with 73 per cent of those aged 18-24 years old saying they don’t feel well rested, and more than two-thirds — 78 per cent — feeling sad or depressed because they haven’t had enough kip. Along with low moods, scientists have also linked a lack of quality sleep with numerous health issues, including a higher likelihood of obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Recent research has even suggested a link between less sleep and conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. According to the survey, nearly 72 per cent of Kiwis get between five and seven hours of sleep every night, with just 24 per cent saying they get eight hours or more — despite experts recommending eight hours for most adults in order to feel rested and refreshed in the morning. “Many scientific studies have shown that a lack of quality sleep can cause mood swings, and particularly make people feel irritable, vulnerable to stress, and more susceptible to negative thinking,” says Tru2u’s Simon Musgrave. Research shows that Kiwi women are struggling to maintain a positive mood and feeling really low if they don’t get a good night’s sleep.” While seven hours may possibly be enough for some people, getting less than eight hours sleep is generally “selling yourself short. Most people need eight hours or more in order to feel their best, perform at their best, and be at their healthiest,” Mr Musgrave says. Kiwis need to make quality sleep a priority, much the same as including exercise and healthy eating, in order to feel a sense of well being. “An unbroken and deep sleep helps maintain our hormonal balance, manage our weight, and enhance our memory,” he says, recommending that New Zealanders establish a regular bed time and wake-up time and look for natural ways to aid them if they have difficulty getting a quality sleep. coffee Aucklanders spend most on cuppas THE love of coffee is strong for Aucklanders. Aucklanders spend an average of $14.02 a week, or $729 per year, on coffee from cafes, up from the national average of $13.67, according to a survey by consumer satisfaction company Canstar Blue. Fifteen per cent of super-city residents admitted to having so many coffees in one day that they haven’t been able to get to sleep. But unless they are drinking more than four cups a day (400 mg of caffeine), they are still within a safe amount for a healthy adult. Cafes have become ingrained in our culture, and have become a popular replacement for the company meeting room. Those of us in the city of sails are most likely to regularly hold business meetings in a local café, with 20 per cent of respondents saying it is common practise. Aucklanders are also the most likely to say that drinking coffee makes them feel sophisticated (24 per cent), most likely to regularly hold business meetings in a local café (20 per cent), most likely to judge others on the type of coffee they drink (12 per cent), and most likely (equal with Canterbury) to care about the environmental impacts of coffee (56 per cent). A quarter of Kiwis consider their coffee fix to be their breakfast. For the second year running, Wild Bean Cafe has come out on top in the consumer satisfaction stakes. The survey asked respondents to rate coffee shop chains across a number of categories: value for money, customer service, taste, food, loyalty programme, consistency, and overall satisfaction.
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