Why do I wake up at night? Your questions, answered
Sleeping straight through without interruption feels like such a rare occurrence, it can feel like it merits telling someone as soon as you get into the office. After all, the reasons to wake up are many. We try to help you navigate a smooth passage through night until morning…
1AM – BRAIN
The brain takes time to switch off, so staring directly into a bright light in the guise of a smartphone isn’t a great idea last thing at night. That said, we are huge advocates of autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR), so just keep the screen face down as you listen to soothing whispers.
2AM – ANXIETY
The adage of “you must have something on your mind” is actually true, and anxiety can manifest itself in all sorts of ways, including night sweats. Try cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) or meditation.
3AM – BLOOD SUGAR
This reason for waking up is invariably eight hours after your last meal, so your body thinks it’s hungry and craves new fuel. It’s why slow-burning food is recommended as part of an evening meal.
4AM – NOCTURIA
It’s a scientific way of saying you need to wee in the night. The most common cause is excessive drinking late into the small hours, so try not to drink two hours before bedtime. Granted, it might not make you a hit in the pub.
It was once felt you shouldn’t drink coffee six hours before bed, but we’d actually suggest not having one 12 hours before. Yes, really. Twelve long, caffeine-free hours. You’ll thank us. One day…
If you’re a light sleeper, all it takes is morning birdsong and you’re up with the, well, birds. Earbuds might feel archaic, but they are great to bud-dy up with.