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Sleep Better: Identifying and Addressing Common Sleep Pains (Singapore Edition)

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Sleep Better: Identifying and Addressing Common Sleep Pains (Singapore Edition)

Explore common sleep pains among Singaporeans and discover practical strategies for improved sleep and better health.

Have you ever wondered why some mornings you wake up feeling refreshed while on others, you're still fatigued? Sleep is a critical component of our health and well-being, and yet, many of us, including a significant number of Singaporeans, are unfamiliar with the common sleep pains that can disrupt our rest.

Identifying Common Sleep Pains


Insomnia, characterized by trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, is one of the most common sleep disorders. According to a local study published in the Singapore Medical Journal, nearly 46% of Singaporeans may have some form of insomnia, showing how prevalent this sleep pain is.

Sleep Apnea (OSA)

Sleep Apnea also known as Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is another common sleep disorder where breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. A study conducted by the Singapore General Hospital estimates that 1 in 3 Singaporeans could have Sleep Apnea, suggesting that this is an issue of national concern.

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder causing an uncontrollable urge to move your legs. While local data on RLS is limited, the condition is considered underdiagnosed and often overlooked, as reported by SingHealth. However this condition is rare in Singapore and found more commonly in women.

Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders (CRSD)

Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders (CRSD) involve a timing issue between your internal body clock and the external environment. Given the fast-paced lifestyle and the widespread use of electronic devices in Singapore, this can easily disrupt the internal body clock, leading to CRSD.


Backaches can greatly impact sleep quality and are often caused by factors like poor posture, muscle strain, or underlying health conditions. With Singapore's work culture involving long hours and a sedentary lifestyle, backaches have become a common issue affecting sleep.

If you suspect that you might have any of these listed conditions. It's best to make a trip to visit your physician.

Addressing These Sleep Pains

To manage insomnia, investing in a comfortable and supportive mattress like the Meridian Daily can significantly improve sleep quality. This mattress is available in the Marble Showroom as well as the online store for easy accessibility.

For sleep apnea, hospitals such as the National University Hospital and Singapore General Hospital offer comprehensive services for diagnosing and treating this disorder.

Lifestyle changes, such as regular exercise, a healthy diet, and good sleep hygiene, can effectively manage RLS.

There are numerous fitness centers in Singapore offering classes like Yoga and Tai Chi which can aid in alleviating symptoms of RLS.

For CRSD, maintaining a consistent sleep schedule and creating an optimal sleep environment are highly beneficial. Professionals at Singapore Sleep Society provide guidance to those struggling with CRSD.

To alleviate backaches, exercises like Reformer Pilates can help improve core strength and flexibility. Also, visiting popular chiropractors in Singapore like Elite Spine Centres and Vitality Chiropractic Centres can provide targeted relief.


Understanding and addressing sleep pains are crucial steps towards achieving better sleep and, consequently, better overall health. For our busy Singaporean readers, remember, sleep is not a luxury, it's a necessity, and tackling these common sleep pains is an investment in your health that will pay dividends in the long term.

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