Kiwis struggling to sleep at night as hot weather hits the country

It was back to work for many on Monday so of course much of the country was bathed in sunshine.

While some love the hotter temperatures, it's proving difficult for others - especially when it comes to getting a good night's sleep. 

Summer has finally shown up for much of New Zealand, which is great if you're still on holiday.

But for a lot of us, it was back to work mode.

"It's my first day back at work and I'm really bummed," one woman told Newshub.

"Now is the time to be out and go out with the family," one man said.

"It's a bit of a bummer. I'm not going to lie, I would rather be at the beach," another woman added.

And while plenty of people were enjoying a sunny lunchbreak, it's just not the same.

"It makes your day harder when you're heading into the office after a bit of a break to see this blue sky and the sunshine," MetService meteorologist John Law said.

Law said for most places, it's going to get even warmer as the week progresses.

"Part of Canterbury by Thursday [will be] around 32C to 33C - so a really hot few days to come particularly towards the end of the week," he said.

But the heat isn't always great for everyone.

"Well, I love being warm, love being hot, not very good at being cold but since going through perimenopause it can make things a bit harder," menopause advocate Sarah Connor said.

Particularly when it comes to sleep, during the hot summer nights.

"Having been the world's best sleeper my whole life, it was quite shocking I couldn't get to sleep and I was waking in the night because of my changing temperature," she said. "That's only amplified with a warmer summer."

About 70 percent of women going through menopause suffer from significant symptoms.

Connor uses a lighter duvet and she has a spare bed in a cooler part of the house to cope.

"I've heard from so many people who have different approaches to it," she said. "I've had people who've used pet cooling blankets, some people only sleep in natural fibres, and some people use fans."

There are many ways of getting through because sleep is crucial.

Especially if you're wanting to head back to work refreshed or enjoy the last of your summer leave.