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Jakarta Post

Can’t get no sleep: Many dread bedtime in hectic Jakarta

  • Muh Ibnu Aqil

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 18 2020   /  01:17 am

For some, hitting the pillow is a rewarding moment after a hard day of work. For others, the fear of not being able to fall asleep is a self-fulfilling prophesy.Riana Afrianti is among those who feel anxious at night, barring her from getting a good night sleep."I'm afraid I can't fall asleep. Every time I can't, I become anxious, which also makes it harder for me to sleep," the 31-year-old bank employee said recently.She said she had looked for ways to get better sleep, including two visits to a psychologist and one to a psychiatrist, who gave her anti-anxiety medication and sleeping pills. However, she stopped the medication out of fear of becoming too dependent on it.Riana has linked her sleeping trouble to internal problems."I get anxious easily; that’s part of my character. I also have pressure from work, which I think is carried over to my resting time. Living here [in Jakarta] m...