One of the things I hate is waking up in the middle of the night or in my case waking up after 3-4 hours of sleep regardless of what time I went to bed. I tried going back to sleep but I stopped trying after an hour. I don’t know why this happens to me every now and then but I noticed that it usually happens when I feel asleep when I wasn’t planning to go to bed yet. It happens when I’m watching or reading something on my phone or tablet while lying down in bed and within 10-15 minutes I’m passed out. Now, it’s great that I fall asleep easily these days because for many years I had major trouble sleeping at night no matter how tired I was. But I really hate that I wake up in the middle of what was supposed to be a restful 8 hours of sleep! “What is 8 hours of sleep?”, you might ask. Yes I know, for most people it’s rare these days to get enough sleep let alone an 8 hour restful sleep. Honestly, I’m lucky if I get 8 hours of sleep as my normal sleep varies between 5-7 hours. Then on occasions I get no sleep at all. I think my insomnia misses me and comes back to visit 😀 . But for the most part I think I’ve been sleeping better although today is an exception. So here I am, wide awake typing away about my complaints for waking up and not being able to go back to bed. I woke up hungry too so I’m comforting my self with my comfort snacks. Hahahaha! Food always makes me feel better not unless it’s something that I don’t like then in that case, food becomes the source of my stress! Hahahaha! 🙂
Since I’m already awake I decided to do some research about it and found this great article from Huffington Post. According to James Findley, Ph.D., CBSM, clinical director of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program at the University of Pennsylvania, this phenomenon called middle insomnia, or difficulty maintaining sleep — is normal. After all, sleep goes in cycles throughout the night, moving from deeper, slow wave sleep to lighter sleep. But as the night goes on, “we’re moving toward lighter stages of sleep, so we’re more likely to have an awakening and for that reason, many people are more likely to experience fragmented sleep in the morning. It also says in the article that age is also a factor as people tend to wake up more often during the night as they get older (Nooooo! This is not true! Hahahaha!).
In addition, Dr. Findley says that “usually it’s one of those ‘you wake up, you roll over, you fall back asleep’ kind of awakenings, and those are fine. But when your middle-of-the-night-awakenings end up being more than 30 minutes per night for three or more days a week, it’s a sign there could be a deeper problem at play. It might be a sleep disorder.“
So what to do if you are one of those people who constantly wakes up in the middle of the night? Findley offers these tips:
– Don’t stay in bed. If you can’t drift back to dreamland after about 20 minutes, he recommends getting out of bed and doing a quiet, relaxing activity like stretching, reading or doing crossword puzzles.
– Avoid your phone or tablet. Do not turn on any electronics, because the blue-spectrum light emitted from such objects is known to impede sleep.
Good thing I got curious and did research about it and it’s funny that I did exactly the opposite of the tips suggested by the doctor as I tried forcing myself to sleep for an hour then when that didn’t work, I grabbed my phone and started reading articles in hopes that my eyes would get tired and I’d fall asleep. Wrong move girl! You should’ve known better! Hahahaha! At least now I know! 😉 I can actually say that I started this day productively as I learned something new and now I’m sharing what I learned with everyone. In case you didn’t know yet 🙂 .
Well, have a wonderful Wednesday everyone! Be safe out there and sleep well tonight!
Remember to stay away from your phone or tablet when you can’t sleep at night 😉 . Look who’s talking! Hahahaha! I should remind myself that all the time 😀 .