Waking up in the middle of the night is pretty common — and very annoying. Interrupted sleep can affect your memory and cognitive abilities, the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) explains, not to mention making you grumpy as heck. So why might you be waking up in the middle of the night in the first place? Here are a few possible reasons.
Your body temperature changes while you sleep. And according to the NSF, during REM sleep, your body actually switches off the temperature-regulating cells in your brain — so how warm or cold your room is can dictate your body temperature. If you regularly wake up feeling overheated, try sleeping under lighter blankets, cracking a window, or using a fan.
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 these worries, it may be time to confide in someone about your stress and look for productive ways to fix the situation.
Waking up thirsty usually means you’re dehydrated — try having some water before bed, and keeping a full glass on your nightstand just in case. 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 less pleasant. It’s normal to wake up after a nightmare, which 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 AASM’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 figure out any patterns.
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