The Philippines time clock is very different from a lot of western countries. If in Australia you get up and look out the window at 5am you may see a couple of people walking past and an occasional car. Mostly the streets are very quiet and it still appears to be the middle of the night.
Move on to the Philippines and in the big cities, most people get up before the sun rises at around 5am. The sun is so strong and the noise outside raises extremely quickly. People are awake and playing music, shouting and getting on with life. If you are a late sleeper good luck.
The dogs are barking at the very noisy motorbikes and the cockerels are shrieking. If you are a late sleeper good luck. Trying to turn over and ignore the life outside is not going to work. So, the best way to embrace the sleeping pattern in the Philippines is to try and adjust your time to it. Not easy at all. The city you expect to be noisy and you can still find places to eat and drink late at night.
Move into the provinces and everything is really different. Nothing is really open late for the poor expat who wanders around hopelessly looking for a watering hole. The lights can be completely out and the dogs are following you.
Also, if you are living on the street, as many do in the Philippines, they have to get up and start the day begging. There is no luxury for them at all. Remember, when choosing a place to live in the Philippines it is vital to make sure you stay in the area one night and listen to what is capable of making noises and keeping you and your family awake night after night.
We all know sleep deprivation can make you mentally ill, but did you know it has a reaction on your skin.
SKIN AGING also occurs when we lose sleep. Though it is a normal process or change in the body that we go through as we grow older, lack sleep accelerates this process. Most people have experienced sallow skin and puffy eyes after a few nights of missed sleep. Chronic sleep loss can lead to fine lines and dark circles under our eyes or as we call it, “eye bags.” According to Cosmopolitan magazine, when we don’t get enough sleep, our body releases more of the stress hormone cortisol. When there is too much cortisol, it can break down collagen, the protein that helps keep the skin smooth and elastic.