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What Are The Sleep Trends Of 2019? We Find Out

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In this Google search era, people are looking up ways to be their best selves (#TeamCLEO included!). That includes showing up at work, being there for friends, family and for yourself with enough energy to be present in all areas. We want to do more, and sleep plays a huge part in helping us do that. It’s also a topic that is getting a lot more attention; NBC News reported that Pinterest found ’sleep optimisation’ was a growing search term this year, which increased by 116 per cent.

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“According to the 2018 National Sleep Survey by Nielsen, nine in 10 Malaysians (89%) suffer from one or more sleep problems,” says Heng Zee Wang, Chief Marketing Officer of AIA Bhd. A 2018 survey by Wakefield Research also places Singapore second when it comes to getting the least number of hours of shut-eye. So, are you having trouble with getting quality sleep?

Swipe through for the latest sleep trends this year that you can dive right into.

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Binge Sleeping

“Just another 12 hours…”

We know this… It’s when we’ve run on a lack of sleep throughout the week. Maybe that extra episode of Black Mirror the night before didn’t help the case, and you’re officially sleep deprived. Then finally, the weekend’s here! Your plans? Sleeping it all away. It’s a ’reward’ for the hard work you put in at the office this week, the late nights out and all that time watching Netflix at home before bed.

Dr Jeevanan Jahendran, Consultant Otorhinolaryngologist at Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur and Pantai Hospital Cheras advises strongly against making this a habit. “When you sleep more during the weekend, what you’re actually creating is a problem where on Monday when you wake up, you sort of have a jet-lagged effect, or what you call ’Monday morning blues’,” he says. But he also adds that there’s a way to do this to your benefit, like adding about one to two hours to make up for your lack of sleep. Keep in mind that it’s only a short-term fix!

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