For a country that excels at many things, Singapore hasn't quite figured out the art of sleeping. Surveys and studies done from 2014 till now have placed us near the top for the most sleep-deprived nation.
In 2016, we clocked in 7 hours and 24 minutes of sleep a night. This may seem like a reasonable amount of time, but Netherlands had a whole hour more. Our sleeping habits didn’t really improve in 2019 either. We were found to sleep past midnight, at 12.11am on average.
According to a global sleep survey, 81% of Singaporean respondents want to improve their quality of sleep. By now, many of us know having good sleep allows for improved health and a happier frame of mind. So, what’s truly keeping us from getting better sleep?
Here are some common sleep myths debunked in pursuit of better rest:
Myth 1: Have trouble falling asleep? Just stay in bed.
Staying in bed while being awake for too long can cause your brain to associate your bedroom with wakefulness. It’s also why working in bed is generally discouraged. The rule of thumb is: if you’re not asleep after 15 minutes, get out of bed, head to a different space, and do something mindless like folding laundry to calm your mind.