Studies show that 35 percent of the world’s population experience middle-of-the-night insomnia at least three nights in a week while 23 percent wakes up midway through the night.
If you are one of them, then read on to know the reason why it happens to you as well as get some advice from experts on how to stop this recurring issue:
You Get Into Bed Stressed
Underlying stress might be the reason you experience unprompted awakenings during the night. According to Rebecca Robbins, an expert from the NYU School of medicine as well as mattress maker consultant, you have to make your bedroom conducive for sleep. A study published in 2009 at the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine concluded that old mattresses increase stress along with poor sleep and back pains. Experts recommend that people replace their mattress every seven years. For pillows, fold it in half, and when it stays that way, then that means you need to replace it.
If your mind keeps you awake and it’s been more 30 minutes, go to a different room. Your brain will associate your bed with being awake. A piece of advice from Steve Orma, a clinical psychologist, and book author writing down everything that keeps going through your mind is an effective way to throw away all that goes inside your brain.
You Hear Movements or Noise
Nate Watson, a SleepScore Labs’ scientific advisory board member and former president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine says that we enter different stages of sleep every night. There stages when noises from loud radiators, snoring, or any sound at all won’t wake you up quickly. But when they do, there’s a way to get yourself back to sleep.
Watson recommends playing a consistently ambient noise that can block loud sounds like coughing, creaky pipes, snoring and the likes to avoid waking up at ungodly hours.
Drinking Too Much Right Before Bed
While drinking water can keep you awake at night, alcoholic drinks can wake you in the middle of your sleep.
Research about Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research concluded that alcohol helps us sleep faster but makes us susceptible to waking up in the middle of the night.
You May Be Dealing With A Health Issue
Sleep disruption is something that everyone experiences, but not daily. If symptoms of waking up persist, individuals can opt for over-the-counter remedies like ZzzQuil, melatonin, Diphenhydramine or HCL.
If these substances still don’t work, then it’s time for you to see a doctor for some serious health problems so you can cure it right away.