8 Reasons You Find It Hard To Fall Asleep At Night

by Divyata Raut
HEALTH  |  September 25, 2017
  • You have dinner too close to bedtime
    1 / 8 You have dinner too close to bedtime

    Going to sleep with a full stomach means that your digestive system has to work hard on digesting your dinner while you sleep. Your metabolism is now revved up, making it hard for your body to relax for deep sleep.

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  • You eat too little for dinner
    2 / 8 You eat too little for dinner

    On the other end of the spectrum, going to bed hungry will also prevent you from having a good night’s sleep. The grumbling of your stomach disallows you from having a restful sleep, causing you to wake up frequently! Don’t starve yourself in the name of dieting and have an ample amount of dinner about three hours before bedtime. 

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  • You check your inbox or surf the web before bedtime
    3 / 8 You check your inbox or surf the web before bedtime

    Exposing yourself to the light from electronics hinders the production of melatonin, a hormone produced by our bodies that gets us ready for sleep. So limit phone, laptop or television usage within an hour of bedtime so your body can prepare itself for a good night’s rest.

    (Also read: Sleeping After 11 pm Is Making You Look Older) 

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  • You drink coffee at the wrong time
    4 / 8 You drink coffee at the wrong time

    If you drink coffee before 9.30 am or after 5.30 pm, you are interfering with your body clock. This is because when caffeine is taken too early in the morning, it interferes with our body’s natural waking mechanism, hence disrupting our sleep later at night. So shift your coffee breaks to any time between 9.30am-11.30am or 1.30pm-5.30pm 

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  • You exercise too close to bedtime
    5 / 8 You exercise too close to bedtime

    Exercise stimulates your mind and body, which interferes with the purpose of sleep. Although an intense workout at night may make you feel physically tired, the high amount of adrenaline produced might disallow you from sleeping peacefully.

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  • You eat chocolate before bedtime
    6 / 8 You eat chocolate before bedtime

    Crunchy, creamy squares of chocolate are a popular late night snack but the caffeine in it has a similar effect on our bodies as coffee. 

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  • You are stressed
    7 / 8 You are stressed

    Stress that hits us at night keeps our brains awake with loads thoughts whizzing about in our heads. Instead of spending the whole night wallowing in your worries, get up and do a few deep breathing exercises to clear your mind. Then, write a to-do list and arrange your schedule as it might help you feel more well-tasked and prepared for the following day. 

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  • Your room is too warm
    8 / 8 Your room is too warm

    Humidity is a problem in Singapore and that might be messing with our sleep time too! Wear loose and light clothes to bed and turn on the fan in your direction to increase comfort. Also, leave the windows open for increased air flow. Alternatively, turn on your air conditioner to keep your room cool.

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