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You snooze or you lose

You snooze or you lose
Ella Tan
  • On May 8, 2015

If you’re having problems sleeping at night, you’re not alone. We’ve all been there, the late night tossing and turning, pondering about the meaning of life, trying to get into the most comfortable position. I would get into bed at 11pm but still be wide awake at 3am, leaving me with 3 hours to sleep before having to get ready for work obviously it was taking a toll on me, I was cranky, sleepy and could not focus on anything. I had to try and get more rest or would suffer more in the long run. Most doctors agree lack of sleep increases the risk of cancer, hurts your heart and damages your bones among many other health damaging effects

Everybody knows since we’re kids that it’s best to sleep for 7-8 hours a day. Keen to fix my sleepless lifestyle, I started looking for solutions to my problem. After some online research, I managed to pick out several factors that affect my sleep, such as eating and exercising late into the night.

I was guilty of binge eating at night as I watch TV. Potato chips, ice cream, candy, you name it, I have it on my couch. These snacks are high in salt, sugar and preservatives which requires a lot of work to process. Hence, my systems are furiously working which affects my ability to sleep.

After all the junk food, I would feel the need to “stay in shape”. So I would do some sit ups and push ups in hopes that I would burn all the junk calories. The high adrenaline, increased brain activity and caused the body to be ‘pumped’, resulting in me having difficulty ‘slowing down’ in preparation for sleep.

After identifying my problems, I started changing my habits and said goodbye to junk food. I learnt that walnuts are good to snack on at night as they are a good source of tryptophan, a sleep-enhancing amino acid. They are also a healthy snack which do not contain preservatives or MSG. Without the junk food, I no longer felt the need to rush through a work out in the middle of the night. This small change was all it took for me being able to become a sound sleeper and now, I feel better and I look fresher too.

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