Resetting your sleep clock - Natural tactics for sleep repair

Are you counting sheep in the wee hours, concerned about that busy day ahead?


Reduced sleep can affect a large part of our daily life. Accidents, poor concentration and learning, increased chances of heart disease, irritability, depression and weepiness, weight gain, memory loss, and low immunity can be some of the outcomes.

To complicate things, not all sleep problems are the same.  So getting to the root of each requires a bit of detective work.  Worry and stress are the usual suspects for disrupted sleep, but poor dietary and lifestyle choices, nutrient deficiencies, medications, blue light, exercise habits, and surprisingly, the health of your gut, can all play their part.

So yes, there are simple changes that can be made to get back on track without resorting to the medicine cabinet.  Focus will be on nutritional and lifestyle habits, and some discussion on physiological aspects, stress factors, and the use of herbals and nutritional supplements.

Course outline:

  • A holistic view of sleep – mental, emotional, physical aspects
  • How the nervous system has its say in your sleep issues
  • Physical activity, blood sugar levels, and nutritional balance – getting it all into shape

Learning outcomes:

On completion of the course learners will be able to:

  • Identify problem areas in their own lifestyle that may be contributing to sleep deficit
  • Construct a healthy eating plan helpful for better nutritional and sleep balance
  • Be able to make informed decisions regarding herbal and nutritional supplements for sleep


  • Saturday 7 April, 9:30am - 1pm
  • $55.00 incl. GST
  • The University of Auckland, City Campus
  • Presented by Vicki Martin Mackay

Seminar presenter

Vicki Martin Mackay

Vicki Martin Mackay

Registered Dietitian

Vicki is a Registered Dietitian with many years of nutritional counselling and teaching experience.  She has a private nutrition practice specialising in assisting those with challenging health conditions utilising both integrative nutrition and complementary medicine approaches. Along with her Otago University Dietitian training, Vicki has completed a naturopathic diploma and studied traditional Chinese medicine extensively in China and Japan.  She has also worked for many years in the health food industry.  Currently, she is studying towards a Masters’ Degree in Health Sciences at the University of Auckland. Vicki strives to bring a balance of both clinical nutritional experience and evidence-based study to her practice and teaching.

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