It could be due to inconsiderate neighbours or that you’re just a natural night owl, but many of us grow up to accumulate a sleep debt that will never be recovered in this lifetime. The lack of sleep not only causes concentration levels to drop, it also affects a person’s sex drive and can lead to serious health problems such as heart diseases, strokes and diabetes. So the next time you decide to “burn the midnight oil” just for the fun of it, think again! And there’s also the problem of falling asleep at a decent hour – if this is you, we walk you through three ways to bring on the sleepy and wake up feeling brand new. Here’s to living to a ripe ol’ age!
1. Turn on the White Noise
Ever wondered why babies knock out the moment you turn on white noise? Well, it’s because the noise assimilates what it’s like when they’re in their mother’s wombs, so they feel safe to fall asleep. Unlike other sudden noises, white noise is consistent and creates a “masking” effect to block out sudden noise changes that wake light sleepers or make it difficult for one to fall asleep. Try apps like TMSoft, instead of just static you get to choose from a variety of sounds like the ocean or thunderstorm to lull you into seventh heaven.
2. Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response
Also known as ASMR, this sensation is only experienced by some people and is described as a calming sensation that starts with a relaxing tingling in the scalp and neck. ASMR videos are commonly used by insomniacs to put them to sleep, and is basically guided meditations that you can easily search for on YouTube. It’s recommended that you lie in bed with a laptop or tablet beside you, put on some comfy headphones and let ASMR take over.
3. Warm milk mixed with sugar
You might be skeptical about this old school remedy, but take our word for it – it beats popping sleeping aids that might cause nasty next-day hangovers. Mum knows best, so heat up a cup of milk in the microwave, then add a teaspoon of sugar and stir it in. Sip it before you go to bed, and you should be out cold in the next 30 minutes.
Text: Alicia Tan