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8 Tips for When You Cant Stay Asleep at Night
By: | June 24th, 2019
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Picture your last few nights of sleep. You fell asleep with ease, barely even remembering lying in bed before drifting away. But then the problem that plagues many sleepers happens; you wake up unexpectedly, for seemingly no reason, in the middle of the night. Maybe once, maybe more times than you care to remember. Does this sound familiar?
Youre not alone. The National Sleep Foundation found that 60% of Americans experienced a sleep problem almost every night, including waking in the night. While some wake time during nightly rest is normal, spending large portions of the evening lying awake staring at the ceiling is not. It can lead to feeling unrested the next day, reduced focus at work, and a slew of other unpleasant symptoms associated with sleep deficiency.
To prevent these side effects and stay asleep through the majority of your night, a good first place to start is the why behind the problem. Here are 5 reasons you might be having trouble staying asleep at night.
Reasons You Cant Stay Asleep
Stress is a commonality among many sleeping problems. It might be that you stay awake in bed for hours every night cycling through work problems or personal issues. Stress often causes insomnia by making it difficult to fall asleep or by waking you throughout the night.
Drinking alcohol before bed
Consuming alcohol right before bed (or even a few hours prior to bedtime) might make you feel sleepy. But alcohol is actually a silent sleep robber. It can alter your normal periods of deep sleep and REM sleep, which are the two most restorative sleep phases. As your evening cocktail wears off, the latter part of your nightly sleep will be restless and easily interrupted.
Going to the bathroom frequently
If you wake up to go to the bathroom 2 or more times at night, you might have an overactive bladder or suffer from nocturia. Nocturia is a more common condition than you might expect, with over 1/3 of adults over 30 having the same problem. Your healthcare provider can diagnose this if you think it might be causing your awakenings.
Suboptimal bedroom environment
Your bedroom environment is another key factor when determining why you might be waking up so often at night. Maybe the room is too warm, too noisy or theres too much light. Our bodies like a certain light, temperature, and noise level to stay asleep for 8 hours. Your environment can keep you from getting a good nights sleep and instead cause you to wake up during REM sleep.
Having an uncomfortable mattress
If you keep tossing and turning when sleeping, wake up tired, or have back pain, then it might be time for a new mattress.
Tips on How to Stay Asleep All Night
Ready to find relief? Weve got 8 practical ways to make sure you stay asleep and begin the next day feeling fresh and energized.
Take time to relax in the evenings
Dim the lights at least an hour before bed
Adjust the temperature
Stop drinking coffee after 2:00 p.m.
Cut the alcohol at least four hours before bed
Reduce fluid intake before bed
Replace your mattress
Practice good sleep hygiene and prioritize sleep