Sleepless in Singapore

Sleepless? Sleep on this cure for insomnia

For the last 30 years, Straits Times writer Tan Hsueh Yun has tried almost everything to get a good night’s sleep, from weighted blankets to banana tea.
For the last 30 years, Straits Times writer Tan Hsueh Yun has tried almost everything to get a good night’s sleep, from weighted blankets to banana tea.ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG
(Left) Dr Tay Kai Hong, associate consultant from Sengkang General Hospital's Department of Psychiatry, with his colleague, psychologist Mark Rozario, says most of his patients are working adults.
(Above) Dr Leow Leong Chai, director of Singapore General Hospital's Sleep Disorders Unit, holding blue light devices designed to help patients sleep better - one is a portable panel and the other a goggle version. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE KIAT
(Left) Dr Leow Leong Chai, director of Singapore General Hospital's Sleep Disorders Unit, holding blue light devices designed to help patients sleep better - one is a portable panel and the other a goggle version.
(Above) Dr Tay Kai Hong, associate consultant from Sengkang General Hospital's Department of Psychiatry, with his colleague, psychologist Mark Rozario, says most of his patients are working adults. ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

It does not have the immediate effect of sleep medication or the cool factor of devices designed to promote sleep, but Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia has been proven to be effective

Magnetic mattresses, brain-stimulating headphones, drugs that suppress brain chemicals that keep people awake; the industry built around getting people to sleep is big business.

And the importance of getting enough shut-eye is more critical than ever.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 29, 2019, with the headline 'Sleepless? Sleep on this cure for insomnia'. Print Edition | Subscribe