Different Reasons Why You Can’t Sleep Well

It has possibly become common knowledge that Singaporeans are among the most sleep-deprived in the world. Whether you want to charge it on work or stress, there are still many reasons why we can’t sleep well. And most are actually simple activities that we do in the daily.

You drink alcohol before bed

Because of its initial effects, many people assume that because alcohol makes you sleepier, it helps you sleep well. Even though it induces sleep, it actually disrupts Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, a stage of sleep where dreams are most prominent and our body undergoes a restorative process. In this case, alcohol damages the quality of our sleep as you’ll wake up feeling more tired.


It is obvious that people consume caffeine to keep alert and focused throughout the day. That is why you should not drink coffee or tea in the evening. Just like alcohol, it can also disrupt REM sleep and reduce the quality of your sleep. Additionally, it takes about 5-6 hours before caffeine completely flows out of your system. So, try not to take it 5-6 hours before bed.

Either you’re hungry or full

This is one of the more overlooked reasons why you can’t sleep. If you experience hunger pangs, usually you’d want to stand up and eat something to get rid of the annoying pain in your stomach. Being full, on the other hand, does not allow you to easily lie down. That’s simply because you’ll risk acid reflux and heartburn. Either way, you’ll have difficulty falling asleep.

You nap too late

If you have not had enough sleep the night before, then having a nap can be good to get some adequate sleep. But, you should try to avoid doing it near the evening. This is simply because naps that take more than 30-45 minutes can diminish your sleep drive at night, affecting your ability to fall and stay asleep.

Your room has too much light

Melatonin is the hormone that causes sleepiness and lowers our body temperature when we are about to sleep. Now the problem is, artificial light can trick the brain to keep thinking that it’s still time to stay awake hence, it produces less melatonin. That is why when you are exposed to light even, you may have difficulty sleeping even though you’ve been lying down for many minutes.

Worrying too much in bed

Of course, many of us have a lot of things to worry about. But, worrying while you’re already lying in bed is another reason why you can’t sleep easily and deeply. Sometimes people even wake up in the middle of the night and the first thing that pops up in their heads are the problems they’re worrying about. One solution to this is to have a time early in the evening to sort out problems and think of solutions before even settling down in bed (not while lying down in bed).

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