Chronic insomnia and its health implications
Those who regularly sleep too little can suffer from long-lasting health consequences. Beyond daytime drowsiness, prolonged sleep deprivation can lead to serious health implications.
In fact, according to Specialists from
Singapore General Hospital (SGH), a member of the
SingHealth group, insomnia is closely associated with medical conditions such as:
- Heart disease
- Neurologic disease
- Breathing problems
- Urinary problems
- Chronic pain
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Poorly controlled high blood pressure
- Poorly controlled diabetes
3 Natural tips to beat insomnia
1. Keep to a fixed bedtime
This includes both weekdays AND weekends! With sufficient practice, your body will naturally get accustomed to falling asleep and waking up at certain times. Once your body adjusts to a regular rhythm, you will sleep better.
2. Don’t exercise up to four hours before bedtime
Sure, regular exercise is vital for good health, but doing it too close to bedtime will energise you and keep you awake. Thus, it is advisable to exercise in the daytime so that it will not interfere with your sleep.
3. Get out of bed if you can’t sleep for 20 minutes
Instead of tossing and turning in bed, leave the bedroom and engage in some light, relaxing activities until you feel sleepy.
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