MLILY: 6 Reasons You Are Waking in the Night

Sleep disturbances throughout the night can definitely be a nuisance for many.

Whilst they can be a pretty common occurrence, they’re also rather preventable.

Take a look below at the main reasons you could be jumping awake.

Your Room is Too Hot.

To fall asleep quickly and deeply, your body needs to naturally cool down in temperature.

Sleeping in a warmer than usual room can lead to constant disturbances throughout the night as your body wakes up due to over heating.

Opt for opening the window as you sleep or grab thinner bed covers in the summer months. Avoid sleeping with the heating on, this can also make the bedroom far too hot.

Noise Pollution.

Noise pollution can be a major cause for sleep disturbances.

Whether it’s a car horn or even just your partner’s snores, depending on what sleep cycle we’re in, many of us are pretty easily awoken in the night by noise.

Tackle the noise pollution to stop yourself from waking.

Whether that’s talking to your snoring partner, shutting the bedroom door, wearing ear plugs or even reporting neighbourly noise. Sorting the problem will mean waking less at night.

Anxiety and Stress.

Anxiety can have a marked effect on sleep quality.

People with anxiety are often plagued with worrisome thoughts which can lead to them lying awake at night thinking about them, unable to switch off their mind.

There are plenty of apps available such as Head Space and Feeling Good which are great for listening to before falling asleep as they teach positive thoughts and relaxation.

Other ways to tackle stress can be to write down your plan for the following day, this way you’ll feel much more prepared for the day ahead.


Although thought of by many as a sleep inducer, alcohol can actually have a negative effect on rest.

Not only does it decrease sleep quality, it also leads to dehydration, which can also have a big impact of sleep as you tend to wake throughout the night for water.

Heavy Meal.

Having a heavy meal before heading to bed can also have a big impact of sleep quality, mainly because the body has to digest food throughout the night, decreasing sleep quality and often leading to bloating and cramps both during the night and in the morning.

A great way to avoid heavy meal bloating throughout the night is to opt for a meal a few hours before heading to bed to ensure a great quality rest.

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