If you find yourself awake in the wee small hours on a regular basis, you might want to consider the actual reasons you wake up in the middle of the night.
Insomnia is one of the most frustrating things to deal with, but there could be some legitimate reasons why you either can’t go to sleep, or you wake up every night in the middle of the night. You need your sleep and waking up each night is not normal on a regular basis.
Consider some of the reasons you wake up in the middle of the night and if they sound familiar, take charge of our rest today and sleep better tonight!
Your body is smart, and senses stress in multiple ways. One way it
will continue to wake up in the middle of the night on a regular basis is
because your cortisol levels are constantly on the rise due to stress. Cortisol
sends your body into flight or fight mode, keeping you awake, even if you’re
tired. This can even come from physical stress from a poor diet, or lack of
quality calories. If you’re chronically stressed and can’t sleep, sip chamomile
tea at night after a wholesome dinner, and try taking a magnesium supplement at
bedtime that can help your body physically and emotionally cope with stress,
along with helping you sleep.
2. You’re Hungry
Let’s start with the obvious reasons you wake up in the middle of
the night. Are you hungry? If so, make sure you eat enough for dinner, and not
just quantity, but quality. Are you getting nutrients from whole foods, or
depriving your body of nutrients with junk foods? Be sure you get real, whole
foods into your diet each day, and especially at dinner. It’s important to eat
regular meals through the day so at night your body gets used to digesting
whole, real foods on a regular basis, and you’ll sleep better when your
metabolism is on key. If you’re going to bed without a proper dinner, or eating
junk, most likely, you’re waking up because your body is starving.
If you wake up in the middle of the night with a certain craving
night after night, you could actually be pregnant, or it might just be a factor
of pregnancy you weren’t aware of. This is a common issue in pregnant women,
and it’s all due to hormones. If this is the case, get up and have a glass of
almond milk or skim milk and try to go back to bed. The calcium will help calm
your mind, body and fill your stomach. It’s never a good idea to get up and eat
a meal in the middle of the night, unless you’re absolutely starving. If you’re
pregnant and feel you need to do this, go ahead, but try to choose something
healthy and light, not heavy and spicy.
Another issue that could cause you to wake up in the middle of the
night is hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. Hypoglycemia can occur from the body
being chronically low in blood sugar, due to many carb restrictions, or eating
high processed carb foods. Both extremes can cause blood sugar surges and the
body often wakes up in the middle of the night as a result out of hunger, and
falling blood sugar.
Melatonin is the hormone that regulates when we go to sleep and
when we wake up. When it gets out of balance, our sleep suffers big time. It
can lead you to oversleep, or wake up in the middle of the night every night,
at the same time. The reason is because your melatonin levels have been messed
up, altering their natural rhythm. This can happen from a poor diet, lack of
rest, stress, or a change in the seasons. Be sure your melatonin levels stay at
optimal levels by going to bed at the same time every night and getting up at
the same time each day, even on the weekends. If you still have trouble,
consider taking a melatonin supplement, which is completely natural, and will
help reset your body’s natural levels. Take it for a week and you should be
back to normal. After that, you can most likely quit taking it.
Waking up at the same time every
night for several weeks can actually condition your body to do so on a regular
basis. The body is fascinating in the fact it learns habits quite quickly, and
just like it learns to wake up at the same time each day, or crave breakfast at
the same time, it can also learn to wake up in the middle of the night after
doing it so many nights in a row. If you find yourself constantly waking up at
the same time, a nighttime sleep aid might help you break the cycle. I suggest
a natural option like melatonin as I mentioned earlier, or opting for a
homeopathic supplement like Calms Forte, which is also very effective, with no
groggy after effects the next day.
Have you ever experienced waking up at the same time in the middle of the night before? It seems to have only happened to me when I’ve been stressed or haven’t been eating well. What about you?