Do you frequently wake up in the middle of the night? Know what it means
Waking up in the middle of night's sleep when occur frequently signals towards your ailing health. These are some of the common reasons why you end up waking at the dark hours.
Sleep is of utmost importance. An adult needs to have 6-8 hours of sleep to charge the body for the next day. In this fast-paced world, the significance of sleep is being underestimated. While focusing on work, we neglect to provide proper rest to the body which disturbs the circadian rhythm and eventually affects your sleep patterns. Drifting in and out of sleep, waking up suddenly in the middle of the night are some common sleep disturbances that people suffer. If it has become a regular thing to wake up in the dark hours, possibly your body is not keeping well.
Here are some reasons behind sleep disturbances.
1. You Are Dealing With Anxiety Problems:
People who are suffering from anxiety issues generally fail to get a peaceful sleep at night. In another case, poor sleep may trigger anxiety. Some online research says that sleep disturbances and psychiatric disorders are interrelated. Your sleep is affected by stress & anxiety.
2. The medicines you are taking cause wakefulness
Some prescription drugs disturb sleep as their composition affects your internal clock. Those who take antidepressants, decongestants, heart medicines, etc. on a regular basis are most likely to suffer sleep deprivation. This state is termed as medicine-induced-insomnia.
3. Poor heart health
Your sleep and your heart health are closely related. There is a condition named Atherosclerosis related to blocked arteries which target people with disturbed sleep. You are at a risk of artery blockage is you don’t get a good sleep.
4. You are hungry
While is it is said that you should eat your last meal by 7 or 8 O’clock, it might leave you hungry in the middle of the night. Long hours of fasting or not eating can lower the blood pressure of your body which is why it will become restless due to insufficient energy. Don’t eat heavy meals after 8 but don’t starve yourself either.
5. Your brain is producing lesser sleep spindles
The brain activity of people who sleep appropriately and peacefully is relatively higher than those who don’t! Better brain activity reduces the chances of waking up to loud noises. Hence, if you are facing trouble sleeping through the night, it might be due to poor electrical brain activity.
6. You Are Visually Creative
Now, this could be counted as a positive point but it isn’t good for your health! People with a creative mind supposedly sleep less. Since their mind is indulged in a lot of creative thoughts, they find it very difficult to sleep for long hours.
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7. You are scared of the dark
A lot of people are Nyctophobic or have a fear of darkness and/or dark environments. Such people freak out when lights go off or when there is absolute darkness around. You need to assess whether you are dealing with nyctophobia or not.
If you cannot sleep even through the day, visit a doctor as soon as possible as there might be some underlying reasons for such a problem.
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Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team Jul 31, 2019
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