Tired but can’t sleep? Tossing and turning throughout the night? Raccoon eyes greeting you every morning?
If these moments sound familiar, welcome to the club. Statistics show that 9 out 10 Malaysians experience some level of insomnia and have one or more kinds of sleeping problems. Many of us don’t realise the full effect that lack of sleep can have on our bodies.
Instead of sleeping more, we try to make up for the tiredness with caffeine and sugar to perk us up. The truth is, lack of sleep not only affects your mental health, it also has a detrimental effect on your body. People who sleep less than 6 hours each night face a higher risk of stroke, obesity, heart disease and even cancer.
For adults, it’s advised that we get at least 7 or more hours of sleep. To ensure that you’re getting quality sleep instead of tossing all night, some lifestyle changes may also be necessary. A lot of sleep problems are largely due to unhealthy lifestyle choices and spending a lot of time glued to the screen before going to bed.
While you may not be able to do a complete overhaul of your lifestyle in one go, here are 5 sleeping tips you can start adopting today to improve your sleep quality:
Make your phone work for you instead of against you by using a meditation app to calm and soothe your mind before going to dreamland. Once your session is complete, don’t be tempted to scroll through your social media feed, instead put away your phone and close your eyes.
Teas such as chamomile, valerian root and lavender teas have shown to have a relaxing effect on the body, thus making it easier for you to enjoy the benefits of sleeping.
Throughout the day, our bodies are often hunched over a laptop or engaged in some sort of strenuous activity - this can cause our muscles to be tensed and cramped. Engaging in some gentle stretches can help relieve the tension in our bodies while also relaxing your mind for better sleep quality and fewer sleep-disrupting cramps.
Our brains love routines - a bedtime routine signals to our mind that it’s time to switch off and head into dreamland. You don’t need a complicated routine, a few simple activities such as incorporating the above sleeping tips like meditating and stretching are enough.
Worn out mattresses don’t support your spine well enough and can cause aches that leave you restless. Upgrade your old lumpy mattress for the Dreamland Chiromax Freshguard Mattress. It uses the Miracoil Spring System which is designed to provide your spine and body with superior support for a perfect night’s sleep. It is also tested and proven by back care experts to provide relief for back pain, so it is no surprise that 84.9% of Malaysians prefer Miracoil Springs.
With your new mattress, enhance your sleep quality further with a steady and durable bed frame such as the Dreamland Chiromax Headboard and Divan Set. It is made with high quality materials and a luxurious finish that will have you eager and looking forward to bedtime every night and at any given time!