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Tips to get a good night's sleep

Tips to get a good night's sleep

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Text: Corinne Cheah


People often underestimate how important a good night's sleep is. It recharges us, blesses our skin, and also burns calories while we're laying unconscious. But with the daily stressors our body experience, it can be difficult to sleep well — or rather sleep enough. Forget what people say about sleep being for the weak, here's what you can do for your body this week. 

Sleep schedule

We are creatures of habit; meaning that we do best in an environment of habitual acts. Create a schedule that helps ensure that you go to bed every night and get up each morning at fixed timings with at least seven-eight hours each night. Try to also avoid prolonged afternoon naps, as this might get in the way of your body falling asleep at night.

Sleep schedule

Room conditions

Try to accept sleeping in darkness because not all light is good; especially when it comes to the ideal room condition that your room should be in to fall asleep. A cool, dark and quiet room is optimum for sleeping well. With Singapore's humid weather, we can count on our trusty ACs to keep our room cool and comfortable as we get under the sheets. 

In bed awake 

Or rather, do not lie in bed awake. This inevitably leads to the built-up anxiety of being unable to fall asleep and can actually contribute to insomnia. This is the time to bring out whatever zen things you know of — reading that unfinished book, watching a series on Netflix or listening to your favorite soundtracks on Spotify until you feel tired enough to sleep.

 

books 

Exercise

The fitspo trend is still going strong and insomniacs can benefit from wanting to follow this trend as regular exercise is beneficial for relieving those sleepless nights. Do take note on doing vigorous exercise late in the evening though — it might produce a counter effect of energizing you and keeping you awake instead. To play it safe, finish exercising four hours before you go to bed.

The diet 

Dinners are usually the most indulgent and we get it. After a long and hard day at work, all we really want to do is treat ourselves to a good meal. Before you go crazy on that spread laid before you, overeating can cause discomfort and also keeps you up. We appreciate our occasional glass of red, but while alcohol may help you fall asleep faster, it also causes sleep disturbance later in the night.

Food and drinks

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