10 Reasons Why You Can’t Get a Good Night’s Sleep

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Getting proper sleep at night can really make your morning and the coming day. YET, there’s been times where you go to bed by 10:00 p.m., only to find yourself tossing and turning in bed until 2:00 a.m.

Damn, de fewling.

Ever wondered why you just CANNOT hit those solid hours of sleep at night?

Here’s 10 reasons for you – one or two of them might just be what’s happening to you!

You Worked Out Just Before Getting To Bed
Guilty of this? Stop doing it. If you work out right before you sleep, it actually kick-starts your nervous system, making it much more difficult for you to unwind and fall asleep. That’s also why people often suggest working out in the morning: it helps to keep you awake.

The Light is Killing Your Sleep Vibes
Even if you leave a tiny nightlight on in your room, it ruins your sleep. The truth is this; the darker you get your room, the better your sleep gets. Charging your phone and there’s a light? Turn it away, my friend.

Drinking Liquor Before Sleeping
When we say liquor, we’re actually referring to alcohol of any kind. Don’t take a sip of any spirit within 2 hours of your sleeping time, and you’ll find that you won’t be suffering from rapid eye moves while you try and snooze later.

You Think Too Much
We’ve all heard how it’s best to wrap your day up and think about all the things that has happened just before you sleep. Why it doesn’t really work is because you’re rebooting every other good and bad thing that happened in the last 14 or more hours. It gets you worked up, and causes you your good sleep.

You’re much better off counting sheep, if you ask me!

Caffeine’s Got You Up
In case you wonder why it’s caffeine although you didn’t have a cup of coffee, you might not know that caffeine is hidden in other stuff too, like chocolates! So ditch these bad boys at night already. If need to, stay away from caffeine six hours before you sleep.

Multi-tasking On Your Bed
Hmmm… Use your bed for watching TV shows on your iPad, or just plain working before you sleep? A no-go, as the cost is your quality of sleep. Have a designated place to work if you need it, but outside your room. Even better – keep your room gadget free for a change, and use an old-fashioned alarm clock for a change! Wait, no one here knows what an alarm clock is?

Too Damn Noisy
Sometimes, it’s just the sounds of the cars passing outside or the neighbours talking too loudly that disturbs your sleep. Your solution to this could be in the form of ear plugs. Either that, have some white noise in your bedroom to dilute the sounds – you can use a fan or the radio (softly).

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How Do You Position Yourself When You Sleep?
Sometimes, using a position that’s not at all comfy is going to give you a restless night. Find the ultimate pose that works for you, and stick to it for the best sleep hours. How do you find it, you ask. Simply remember the position when you’re half asleep!

No Specific Routine
Your mind and body needs to know that you’re getting it ready to sleep, so have a pattern. Either take a hot shower, and then slather on your favourite body lotion. Prefer something simple? Read a few pages of a book.

You’ve Got the Room Temperature Wrong
Get the best temperature to fall asleep in. According to some studies, you could try 15-23 degrees Celsius. Now, 15 degrees Celsius could freeze you given that Singaporeans are used to hot weather (heck, I can’t believe I just said that), so anything between 19 to 23 degrees Celsius is good. Use a blanket to keep you all cosy at night too!

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