Between the hours of 2 am and 4 am, people are more likely to wake up. You might find that when you wake in the night it is during these hours, and while it might very frustrating, especially when your mind starts taking you to all sorts of places, waking in the night is a very normal thing. Sometimes you need more than just a new bed, you need a lifestyle change.
We have our ancestors to thank for what is actually a survival trait. If our bodies were not naturally programmed to wake during the night, we might not have survived as a species.
Although this is a primal trait that might be deeply ingrained into the way that we are, there are ways to break this habit should you notice that it is becoming a nightly habit. There are many ways that you can prevent yourself from waking during the night and with the tips that we are about to share with you, you can actively make sure that you do not wake at these inconvenient times. But first, we are going to have a look at exactly why you are waking up.
What’s the big deal?
Sleep is a very primal thing and has been a part of our body functions since we first walked the earth. But it was during the days of the hunter-gatherers that we developed the habit of waking up during the night as a survival mechanism. The world was far more unsafe during this time than it is today, and so resting humans needed to be as vigilant as possible during those times of the night when they were at their most vulnerable. Raiding parties and nocturnal predators were just a few of the dangers that faced our earliest ancestors.
So they developed the habit of waking up between the hours of 2 am and 4 am to check for danger and to also perhaps check on the warmth of a burning fire during colder months. This habit has continued throughout the centuries and it is the reason that we still wake in the night to this day. Even though we no longer need to wake during the night, many of us will wake during the night for no obvious reason.
But we are not waking to check for danger, instead, we are waking because it became a habit.
And if you are facing a time of stress or other emotional turmoil, the natural instinct to wake up at this time will become a more prominent issue. Some might say that it is during the quietest times of our day, between 2 am and 4 am, that our problems surface and cause us to wake up. According to the practices of traditional Chinese medicine, this is the time for emotional rebalancing and it is the time to deal with issues such as fear, stress, anger and frustration, even when we might not want to recognise that we have these issues.
The problem with continuously waking up during these hours, and we’re talking night after night, means that in the morning and throughout the day, you are likely to feel more stressed, more anxious and as a result less happy. These are also the hours during which our bodies are known for revitalising while these are also important times for the liver to detox.
So what can you do to stop this from happening?
Luckily, there are quite a few things that you can do to stop yourself from waking up in the middle of the night. If you find yourself continuously waking up, these are the things that you can do:
- When you wake up, don’t look at the time. By checking your clock or cellphone, you might be subconsciously making a habit of waking up at the same time every night. Looking at the time can also cause stress if you know that you have to be up early. When you stress, you won’t fall back to sleep very easily.
- Make sure that when you wake up, you don’t pick up your phone, watch TV or start working. The moment your mind is fully woken by bright lights you are going to struggle to fall asleep again.
- Be sure to limit or completely avoid caffeine and alcohol in the hours leading up to sleep.
- Allow your body to completely relax at least an hour before you retire to bed. This means turning off your computer, the TV or your laptop as well as your smartphone.
- Try to deal with your problems during the hours that you are awake. Instead of letting stress and emotional issues affect your sleep, work through them while you are awake. Write down your problems, try various relaxation techniques to see what works best for you or up your exercise regime.
- Try not to worry when you wake during the night. Should you need to get up, do so, but then get back to bed and calm your mind so that you can sleep. When you get back into bed, try some calming belly breathing and try to meditate to clear your mind.
- When trying to fall asleep, instead of letting the worrying thoughts get to you, focus on the better things in your life. It is true that we all have worries, but we also have plenty to be grateful for. So try to focus on the good things instead of life’s problems.
You can also improve your sleep by making sure that you have the very best mattress and pillow to support your body. Making the right choices for your sleep health, and buying a great quality mattress is the best way to ensure that you are giving your body the best possible way to rest after a stressful day.
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