Common Reasons You’re Waking Up In The Middle Of The Night

Waking up in the middle of the night is pretty common—and very annoying. The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) explains that interrupted sleep can affect your memory and cognitive abilities, not to mention making you grumpy as heck.

This situation can be frustrating as all get out, but it’s not likely to change unless you can identify the cause(s) of your nighttime wake-ups and take steps to address it.

So why might you be waking up in the middle of the night? Here are a few possible reasons.

[Editor’s Note: The content provided on this site is for general informational purposes only. Any information provided is not a substitute for professional medical advice. We encourage you to consult with the appropriate health expert if you have concerns.]

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You’re Overheated

Your body temperature changes while you sleep. During REM sleep, your body actually switches off the temperature-regulating cells in your brain—so the temperature of your room (whether warm or hot) can actually dictate your body temperature.

If you regularly wake up feeling overheated, try sleeping under lighter blankets, cracking a window, and/or using a fan.

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You’re Stressed About Work

A recent survey of 2,800 employees found that a whopping 44 percent of them lose sleep “somewhat often” or “very often” because they are worried about work.

If you find yourself regularly waking up due to workplace stressors, it may be time to confide in someone about your stress and look for productive ways to fix the situation.

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You’re Thirsty

Waking up thirsty usually means you’re dehydrated. And when you’re dehydrated, you’re more likely to wake up thirsty. (Which came first: the chicken or the egg?!)

Try having some water before bed, and keep a full glass on your nightstand just in case you wake up feeling parched. (That way, you won’t have to disrupt your sleep even more by walking to the kitchen in the middle of the night.) If this happens super regularly, it might be worth mentioning to your doctor.

You Had A Nightmare

Bad dreams are common—about 80 to 90 percent of people will experience them at some point—but that doesn’t make them any more pleasant. It’s normal to wake up after a nightmare, and that can affect your sleep.

“You may… feel anxious and scared when you wake up from a nightmare and be unable to fall back to sleep,” the American Academy of Sleep Medicine’s Sleep Education website explains.

If you are regularly waking up due to nightmares and struggling to sleep afterward, start keeping a sleep diary to see if you can identify any patterns that might be contributing to your nightmares. It may also be helpful to learn relaxation techniques (such as meditation) or consult a licensed therapist.

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[Editor’s Note: The content provided on this site is for general informational purposes only. Any information provided is not a substitute for professional medical advice. We encourage you to consult with the appropriate health expert if you have concerns.]

 

 

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