Oh god, insomnia.

by Laetitia Wong

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I remember chancing upon this hilarious e-card online during my schooling days that read: Laying in bed at night and your brain suddenly thinks, “You know what I haven’t thought about in awhile? EVERYTHING.”

 

Sure, it was hilarious back then, back when it was all deadlines and due-dates, with naggy lecturers and professional procrastinators for groupmates, you’d fall asleep the moment your head hit the pillow each and every night.

 

But here I am, nearly 2 years later, having graduated and working as a full-time writer. Having the luxury of flexible hours and an exercise regime as on-time as a German train schedule, you’d think that my sleeping hours would’ve developed naturally and settled into place on time. Nonetheless, I find myself working on extra articles and doing up editorial calendars deep into the night. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not forced, it’s a sickness. I can’t, stop, working.

 

And trust me, getting 4 to 5 hours a sleep a day on average doesn’t really bode well for my immune system, having fallen prey to the dreaded influenza at least twice this March. Thus, I’ve come up with a list of tips and tricks that can actually help move one’s insomnia along:

 

1. Stock up on Tomatoes

This antioxidant-rich fruit is chock full of Lycopene, which not only aids you in your insomnia, but helps you prevent diseases such as cancer and heart problems.

 

2. Try some honey water

Just 1 to 2 teaspoons before bed can really hit the sweet spot. Touted as a natural sleep aid, Mary Poppins was right: Just a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down. In this case, we’re really hoping we do.

 

3. Establishing a regular sleep cycle

Going to bed at a certain time each night, and getting up around the same time every morning can help your body establish a regular sleep cycle, which really helps in getting your sleep on track.

 

4. Avoiding heavy exercise

Try clocking in an early workout during the day to promote more energy when you need it, and let your body settle in during the later hours of the day.

 

5. Caffeine

This magical substance is the absolute devil to all insomniacs. Coffee aside, don’t forget that even green tea contains traces of caffeine, which keeps one awake late into the night! But don’t worry; Say you’re up, just shake your sleepy grumpy boyfriend awake to accompany you for a late-night F.R.I.E.N.D.S marathon.

 

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