Struggling to stay awake? You’re not alone. According to a recent article posted by UK bedding manufacturer Sleepseeker, Singapore is the most fatigued country in the world. But it’s not just about the number of hours of shut-eye we have every night. It’s been said that Singaporeans are more sleep-deprived than ever, as we spend more hours on the internet and work too much — of which, clearly, some of us can vouch for the accuracy of the report. In fact, it was reported in the same survey, that Singapore is the second country that works the most hours per year, with an average of 2,238 annual working hours.
Ever since the start of the pandemic, working from home has become a default for many, and has resulted in longer working hours than before. Besides, since your desk is a stone’s throw away from your bed, what excuse do you have if you’re always at home anyways? We’re expected to be more responsive, even on leave and non-workdays, and meetings drag on in what seems like forever. Ah, the realities of the 21st-century work life.
But that’s not all. We’re also spending more time on social media to stay in touch with our loved ones just so we can make up for the lost interpersonal interactions we used to take for granted. And since we’re on the topic of social activities, most Singaporeans are also gravitating towards online entertainment and shopping so there’s no need to leave our houses.
And while you’re trying to make the most out of your time at home, we can’t help but emphasise how important sleep is for our bodies — both mentally and physically. Aside from feeling tired, cranky and out of sorts, missing out on the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep can have some serious long-term effects on your health. So what can you do about it?
In this roundup, we’ve gathered 5 important tips by Sleepseeker that you need to know about catching some good z’s.