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6 reasons why you keep waking up at night

Health

It’s 4 a.m. and you’re wondering how you will fall asleep again as you count minutes before the alarm goes off. These annoying awakenings are actually very normal and according to sleep therapists, no one sleeps through the night.

Middle insomnia, as it is called is nothing to be too concerned or worried about. As you sleep, you move from deep to slow wave sleep to lighter sleep as your body prepares to wake up.

Unless you have a sleeping disorder which is a totally different issue that should be addressed medically, these are some of the sleep stealers that stand between you and a good night’s sleep.

Urge to pee

If you thought this only affects pregnant women, think again. Frequent night time urination or nocturia, has many triggers. However, for most people urine production is lower when you sleep giving you adequate hours of uninterrupted sleep. If you find yourself waking up in the middle of a good night sleep to go pee in the cold, you might need to drink more water before bed time. Add a pinch of unprocessed sea salt and drink 30 minutes before bed. This will maintain an internal balance of water and electrolytes. Your body tends to get rid of excessive water when low on electrolytes.

 Alcohol

While a couple of drinks can help you nod off, that will not happen for too long. As your body starts to metabolize the alcohol it will interfere with rapid eye movement, REM, which is your most restful sleep. Eventually your body becomes restless and stimulated. Avoid drinking before bedtime. If you really have to, give your body time to metabolize before heading to bed.

Stress

Stress can sometimes be elusive and lurk when you least expect it like during bedtime. If you find yourself staying up over a matter that’s taking much of your thoughts, you are likely under stress and this could disrupt your sleep. Try to unwind and relax before bed time by listening to some soothing music, taking a hot bath or even drinking a hot cup of green tea.

Temperature

Many are familiar to how low or high temperatures can affect your sleep. It is next to impossible to sleep when your feet are cold or when your pillow is soaking wet from sweating. Something has to give and guess what will? Your sleep. For you to fall asleep, your body temperature has to dip. A bath before sleep will affect your body temperature and your brain will associate it with sleep.

Bad mattress

This may sound trivial but something as mundane as a mattress can cause sleep interruptions. If it’s too firm it can cause some discomfort and even pain in certain body parts and this will wake you up.

Social media

If your night time routine involves going through your twitter and other social media platforms, chances are you will get excited and your body will not produce melatonin, the sleep hormone. Keep all devices including the TV off and train your body to associate bed with sleep and no other disruptive activity that will keep you awake.

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