Is waking up at 2 am or 3 am almost routine nowadays? For some, getting to sleep can be hard enough at the best of times, but when you are constantly waking in the middle of the night for no apparent reason, it can be immensely frustrating. Thankfully, sleep research and a better understanding of the symptoms of various ailments make it possible to put those days of fitful sleep behind you. Here’s a look at the 8 reasons you are waking up in the middle of 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.
2. Nocturia Or Nighttime Urination
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.