The desire to feel energised is well documented as the driving force behind many of our healthiest choices. It’s the carrot that dangles in front of us when we eat wholefood, exercise regularly and refuse that second glass of wine at dinner. We don’t want to feel depleted. And yet we do. And underlying our best daytime efforts – and sometimes derailing them completely – is our sleep.
It’s no secret that Singaporeans are one of the most sleep-deprived people in the world. According to a study by YouGov, 75 per cent of Singapore residents sleep less than the recommended seven hours every night. The same study found that less than 20 per cent of Singapore residents are able to sleep through the night without interruption.
“It’s our third pillar of health, and when we get the sleep we require, we’re able to face the joys and challenges of the day,” says Dr Carmel Harrington, author of The Complete Guide to a Good Night’s Sleep.
“However, when we’re sleep deprived, we manage to meet the ‘have tos’ of the day, but when it comes to doing something enjoyable, you just feel too tired to bother.”
For those who relate, here are five ways to get a better night’s rest.