5 Reasons Why You Keep Waking Up In The Night

Sleep is precious; we all know we should probably be getting around 7-9 hours of slumber per night. But what happens if that sacred shut-eye is broken in the middle? Should we be concerned about the impact of nocturnal awakenings on our health?

Well firstly, it’s completely normal to wake from sleep in the middle of the night. Studies have shown a typical adult could wake up briefly between 10-30 times per evening [1]. You may not even remember these moments since you probably fell straight back to sleep and may have only been awake for 2-3 minutes at a time.

However, if you’re noticeably groggy the next day, or struggle to get back to sleep altogether, it may be time to take steps to improve the consistency of your nightly routine. 

Here are five reasons you may be disturbed from sleep more than usual, with our top tips to keep you sleeping soundly tonight!

1. You’re spending too long in front of a screen

Many of us use handheld electronic devices, like our smartphones or tablets, or spend time in front of TV and computer screens in the evening. Exposing our eyes to bright, artificial light at night stops the body from making melatonin, the sleep hormone, which can be a real factor in sleep disruption.

Organica sleep solution:

Power down devices at least an hour before bedtime to give your body a chance at peaceful rest. In particular, avoid the blue light emitted from smartphones, as this is thought to be more disruptive to our sleep than other types of light.

2. You keep needing to pee

Keep waking up to use the bathroom? You’ve probably already tried limiting your water intake before bed. Strangely enough, you may need to do the opposite! Our bodies need to maintain a balance of water and electrolytes, so if bathroom visits have become a nightly ritual, it may be due to a lack of salt, which causes your body to offload H2O in an attempt to restore the balance. 

Organica sleep solution:

Try drinking a small glass of water with a pinch of unprocessed sea salt, half an hour before bed. This clever combo will ensure your body’s cells retain what they need to keep you asleep.

3. Your nightcap is taking its toll

That evening glass of wine may feel like a warm hug helping you on your way to slumber, but it’s not doing you any favors after hours. Alcohol’s sedative effect is what makes you feel sleepy, but once it begins to metabolize, it will disrupt your REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, which is the most important sleep stage for a healthy, restful night.

Organica sleep solution:

Limit beverages to much earlier in the evening, to give your body a chance to metabolize the alcohol before bedtime. 

4.  You’re too stressed to snooze

Stress has a huge impact on our health and can cause further problems if it eats away at us at night-time too. If you find yourself lying awake, worrying about anything and everything, it might be worth trying some natural remedies for sounder sleep. Nightly meditation, or yoga before bedtime, can be effective in reducing sleep disturbances. There are also soothing ingredients to be found in nature, such as lavender, which are known for their stress-relieving properties. 

Organica sleep solution:

Our wonder product, Dream Lotion, contains a powerhouse trio of premium grade lavender, bergamot oil, and cedarwood oil, designed to optimize your mood for sleep. You’re familiar with the scent of lavender, but perhaps you didn’t know that the bergamot fruit’s oil is proven to encourage the production of natural relaxation hormones in the brain, while cedarwood oil can induce the release of serotonin, which converts into melatonin in the brain, promoting sleep. We’re so confident in our ingredients, that we offer a 100% money-back guarantee!

5. You’re too hot to hit the hay

Tossing and turning? It could be your bedroom temperature that’s to blame. According to the American Sleep Foundation, the suggested bedroom temperature should be between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal sleep [2]. Feeling hot can make it hard to fall (and stay) asleep, so be sure to check the thermostat before turning in.


Organica sleep solution:

You could try taking a warm evening bath to prepare your body for sleep. Time in the tub will raise your body temperature slightly, thereby triggering a slight drop in temperature upon getting out - which is a signal your brain associates with sleep. Add some lavender bath salts to the tub to treat your body before bed.

Final thoughts

Sleep is a necessity, not a luxury, so we can’t afford to be disrupted from our nightly rest. By taking just a few simple steps and introducing some natural remedies into our bedtime rituals, we can be sure to sleep soundly -  and feel more energized as a result!

 

 

 

  1. http://jcsm.aasm.org/articles/030305.pdf
  2. https://www.sleep.org/articles/temperature-for-sleep/

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