8 Reasons You Find It Hard To Fall Asleep At Night

8 Reasons You Find It Hard To Fall Asleep At Night

8 Reasons You Find It Hard To Fall Asleep At Night


by Divyata Raut



Health  | 
September 25, 2017


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    Having a heavy dinner close to bedtime

    Going to sleep with a full stomach means that your digestive system has to work hard on digesting your heavy dinner while you sleep. Your metabolism is now revved up, making it hard for your body to relax for deep sleep. That means no more late night suppers- ever!

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  • Eating too less for dinner

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    Eating too less 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 3 hours before bedtime. 

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  • Exposure to light from electronics

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    Exposure to light from electronics

    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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  • Drinking coffee too early or too late

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    Drinking coffee too early or too late

    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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  • Working out close to bedtime

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    Working out 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.

    Photo: Pixabay / www.pexels.com

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  • Having chocolate before bedtime

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    Having chocolate before bedtime

    Crunchy, creamy squares of chocolate are probably a popular late night snack but no thanks to the caffeine in it, it has a similar effect on our bodies as coffee! Other items such as coca cola or even some medications have doses of caffeine in them which keep our minds buzzing throughout the night.

    Photo: Kaboompics // Karolina / www.pexels.com

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  • You are stressed

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    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. 

    Photo: Kaboompics // Karolina / www.pexels.com

    Read more

  • Your room is too warm

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    Your room is too warm

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

    Photo: Pixabay / www.pexels.com

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Having a heavy dinner close to bedtime

Going to sleep with a full stomach means that your digestive system has to work hard on digesting your heavy dinner while you sleep. Your metabolism is now revved up, making it hard for your body to relax for deep sleep. That means no more late night suppers- ever!
Photo: Tookapic / www.pexels.com

Eating too less 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 3 hours before bedtime. 
Photo: Tranmautritam / www.pexels.com

Exposure to light from electronics

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) 
Photo: Pixabay / www.pexels.com

Drinking coffee too early or too late

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 
Photo: Chevanon Photography / www.pexels.com

Working out 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.
Photo: Pixabay / www.pexels.com

Having chocolate before bedtime

Crunchy, creamy squares of chocolate are probably a popular late night snack but no thanks to the caffeine in it, it has a similar effect on our bodies as coffee! Other items such as coca cola or even some medications have doses of caffeine in them which keep our minds buzzing throughout the night.
Photo: Kaboompics // Karolina / www.pexels.com

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. 
Photo: Kaboompics // Karolina / www.pexels.com

Your room is too warm

Humidity is often a problem in Singapore and that might be messing with our sleep time too! Wear loose and light clothes to bed and make sure to turn on the fan in your direction to increase comfort. Also, leave the windows open for increased air flow. 
Photo: Pixabay / www.pexels.com