How To Get A Good Night's Sleep
If you wake in the middle of the night, join the approximately 60 million Americans who are also affected by sleep disorders. The good news is once you identify the reason you’re waking up, there are steps you can take to encourage uninterrupted zzz’s.
TOO MUCH LIGHT: During the evening, our bodies produce melatonin, which causes us to feel sleepy. Melatonin is triggered by darkness. REMEDY: Invest in light-excluding drapes or blinds or wear an eye mask. It’s a good idea to remove any electrical devices – a computer, even a television - because they may emit light. \
NOISE: Sudden noises, such as a door opening or closing, a partner entering the bed after you’ve fallen asleep, or loud snoring will startle you awake.
REMEDY: Speak to those folks who might be keeping you awake and then wear earplugs if necessary. You can also try a ‘white noise’ machine that generates a noise similar to a radio between two stations, or the calming sounds of rain, ocean waves or rainforest. Any repetitive noise masks other sounds--and that includes air conditioners or fans.
GOING TO THE BATHROOM: Do you have the urge to use the toilet in the middle of the night?
REMEDY: No liquids, starting a few hours before bedtime. If you think you’re urinating excessively over more than a week or so, check with your doctor to see if there might be another problem.