Many of us struggle to get enough sleep every night because of an increasingly hectic lifestyle, although a lack of sleep can also be a symptom of depression. We chatted with the anchor doctor of Parkway Shenton’s newest clinic located in Kovan, Dr Joshua Ong Jin Hui, on his thoughts on getting better quality sleep.
When we suffer from sleep deficiency, it negatively affects our emotions and mental ability. For instance, it increases the risk of impulsive behaviour and compromises our decision-making process. Sleep deficiency can also lead to higher risk of chronic health problems, such as cardiovascular (heart) disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease.
FUN FACTS ABOUT SLEEP:
According to Sleep Health, a journal by the National Sleep Foundation, key determinants of quality sleep include:
Younger Singaporeans tend to have more difficulty falling asleep due to work or study related stress. Their sleep tends to improve during the weekends when they have no work or school commitments to think about. On the other hand, older Singaporeans have problems maintaining uninterrupted sleep. This is usually due to their need to urinate frequently at night, which is caused by physical factors such as prostate problems in men or weak pelvic floor muscles and incontinence in women.
My advice for patients is to:
Joshua Ong Jin Hui, is an accredited family physician, and has been in active full-time clinical practice for more than 7 years. He is well-trained to attend to healthcare needs of a wide-spectrum of patients from all age group and gender.