Always Waking Up at 3 a.m.? Here's What Your Body's Trying to Tell You

25 sep, 2020

1. Your Body Is Conditioned

Habit-forming humans. Once a behaviour is ingrained, it's hard to change. If you once had to wake up at 3 a.m.

2. You’re Sleeping Lightly at This Time

Different sleep phases cycle through the night. Which phase you're in affects spontaneous waking.

3. You Have Sleep Apnea

Interruption in your breathing while you sleep (sleep apnea) could be the cause of your 3 a.m. awakenings.

4. You’re Getting Older

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, older people spend fewer hours in deep sleep and awaken three to four times per night (NLM).

5. You're overdrinking

Even though a drink or two before bed might help you relax at first, it can mess with your sleep and wake you up in the middle of the night.

6. Circadian rhythm disorder

Having trouble sleeping at 3 a.m. could be a circadian rhythm disorder. Circadian rhythm disorders, also called sleep-wake cycle disorders

7. You Have a Nightmare Disorder

According to the Mayo Clinic, people with nightmare disorders may have nightmares several times a night.

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