Get better sleep by following these 10 simple tips

You toss and turn in bed all night, with millions of thoughts running through your mind. You want to sleep, but you simply can’t. If this sounds familiar to you, you’re not alone. According to a study by SingHealth, four in 10 Singaporeans get less than seven hours of shut-eye on weekdays. We don’t fare better during the weekends, with 26 per cent failing to clock enough sleep on Saturdays and Sundays. Making simple but fundamental, practical changes to your everyday routine and bedtime habits can have a profound impact on your sleep-wake cycle, allowing you to be mentally and physically recharged the next day. Here are 10 ways you can have a better night’s rest (no counting sheep, we promise!).

1. Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day

When it comes to rest, a routine is best. Having a regular sleep-wake schedule sets your body’s internal clock, and actually enhances the quality of your sleep. To do this, get in sync with your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle (aka the circadian rhythm). Figure out an optimal sleeping time for yourself – say, by 11pm at night, with your alarm set for blast-off at 7am. Regulating your sleeping and waking times, according to your own natural internal rhythms and what works best for you and your work schedule, will help you feel much more refreshed and energized when you’re awake.