Why Do I Keep Waking Up at  3 a.m.?

By Malvika Kashyap

May 26, 2022

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It's not uncommon to wake up in the middle of the night. Most people wake up multiple times during the night and don't even realise it because they fall back asleep quickly.

There could be various reasons why you wake up at 3 a.m. or any other time and can't fall back asleep. Lighter sleep cycles, stress, or underlying health issues are examples.

Your 3 a.m. awakenings may be occasional and unimportant, but they could be an indication of insomnia if they happen on a regular basis.

Avoiding these unwelcome awakenings can be as simple as changing your sleeping habits, reducing stress, and consulting your doctor about conditions that may cause sleep disruption.

Multiple sleep cycles occur during the night. It's not uncommon to wake up numerous times a night during these cycles, though you'll usually fall back asleep quickly.

If you're waking up at 3 a.m. for the first time, stress might be the first item to examine. When you are stressed, your sympathetic nervous system is activated, and you may wake up

Insomnia is a sleep disorder in which you have trouble getting back asleep after waking up in the middle of the night on a frequent basis. Insomnia affects a large percentage of the population.

Your sleep cycles are heavily influenced by your age.  Your sleep cycles change as you get older, you may take medications that modify your sleeping patterns.

It's critical to speak with your doctor. Your doctor may recommend that you undergo a sleep study to learn more about your sleeping patterns.


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