8 Reasons You Are Waking Up In The Middle Of The Night
Reasons You Are Waking Up In The Middle Of The Night
- Feeling too cold or too hot
- Nocturia (frequent urination at night)
- Aging can be a cause
- Alcohol close to bedtime
- Sleep apnea
- Restless leg syndrome
8 Reasons You Wake Up in The Night
1. FEELING TOO HOT OR COLD
Not sleeping through the night could boil down to something as mundane as the temperature of your room. To nod off, you need a room that isn’t too hot or too cold. Your body temperature needs to dip a bit to get you into sleep mode. But it can’t be freezing temperature either.
Signs of a Temperature Issue: If you wake up sweating and need to remove your duvet or feel like you should have worn cooler pajamas, you need to fix your room temperature. Equally, if you wake up freezing because you are trying to save on heating bills in winter, something’s got to give!
How to fix the problem: According to the National Sleep Foundation, the ideal temperature for a good night’s sleep is anywhere in the range of 60 to 67 degrees Fahrenheit. For babies or toddlers, the sweet spot is between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Frequent nighttime urination or nocturia can cause you to wake up multiple times through the course of a single night. For most people, urine production is lower when you sleep, allowing you to get that precious 6 to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. But if you have nocturia, that’s not the case.
Symptoms of Nocturia: An immediate urge to pee whenever you wake up at night could mean nocturia. This happens multiple times and regularly rather than in a one-off instance.
How to fix the problem: Don’t drink too many fluids in the evening, especially things like tea or coffee that act as diuretics. If that doesn’t fix the issue, it may be due to an underlying health problem like a urinary tract infection, pregnancy, kidney trouble, an enlarged prostate gland, or even diabetes. Treatment will depend on what’s causing your nocturia.
If you’re getting on in years, your nighttime waking may be the result of growing older. With passing years, it may become more difficult to fall asleep and you may also wake up often at night.
Symptoms of Age-Related Nighttime Wakings: You may end up waking up often at night and even rise very early in the morning. Because you spend less time in the deeper dreamless stage of sleep, you may be more easily woken. On an average, those who are older say they wake up three to four times every night. Need to urinate more, anxiety, or pain and discomfort from some chronic conditions may also make the nighttime waking more common.
How to fix the problem: Taking sleep medicines must only be done after consulting a doctor. This is vital because they may also interact with other medication you take. Plus, they’re addictive and you wouldn’t want to run the risk of becoming dependent. If your issues are depression- or anxiety-linked, medication could help you sleep better. On your part, you could also avoid napping in the day, skip television watching before bedtime, perhaps drink some warm milk, and stay off caffeine for several hours before bedtime.
Alcohol is an unusual offender when it comes to restless sleep. While it can get you into a seemingly deep slumber really fast, this doesn’t last. As your body metabolizes and burns through the alcohol, your sleep also begins to become less restful. The result? You’ll stir often and be more stimulated than if you hadn’t drunk that alcohol.
Symptoms of Alcohol-Linked Sleep Trouble: If you find you wake up every time you have a drink in the night, the booze could be to blame!
How to fix the problem: This one is pretty straightforward. Avoid drinking close to bedtime! Or stick to just one glass and no more, and that too well before bedtime. Because your tolerance for the sedative effects of alcohol develops in just a couple of days, you may end up drinking too much to get the same effect.