Waking During the Night: Is it a problem?

Sleeping woman with alarm clock on table in foregroundClients often express concern to me with regard to waking during the night, fearing that something may be wrong with them – but that may not actually be the case.

Waking up during the night is actually quite normal – after falling asleep, we move through the various stages of sleep, going from lighter to deeper levels and lasting approximately 90 minutes in adults.  The process speeds up as morning approaches.

Most of the time, we don’t even realise that we woke up during the night, but there are times when we are more aware or even wake up completely.  Why?

Typical Sleep Disrupters

The usual suspects when it comes to disrupted sleep are the most obvious:

  • Too hot or cold
  • Toilet run
  • Nightmares
  • Crying babies
  • Stress not released during the day

There could also be medical reasons, e.g. sleep apnoea, or nocturia (excessive urination).

Crying InfantHowever, just because you may be waking up at night doesn’t automatically mean you are suffering from insomnia – other factors also come into play, such as how frequently your sleep is disturbed and the length of time the disturbance has been happen.  As always, if unsure, get advice by phone or online from your doctor or consultant to check whether an underlying problem is the cause of your wakefulness.

If a client comes to me and there doesn’t appear to be any medical issues indicated, the client and I will look at their life in a holistic matter to determine what triggers (known and unknown) are contributing to waking at night.

Disrupting the Disrupters

What I have discovered is that small, simple and easy to implement changes are the best way to make a lasting difference – such as having your favourite hit of caffeine – but avoiding them after 2pm (caffeine can take typically up to 5 hours for the body to metabolise and pass from the system).  Other factors such as a snoring partner, young children, etc. are also looked at to understand the entire context of their life and the many threads that can be the cause of waking at night.

I have found that these simple changes, along with support to help client shift their perspective and be open to new ways of thinking and acting, are both effective and long-lasting.

Cracking the Code of Your Sleep and Dreams

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Are you looking to crack the code of your disturbed sleep (and those mad dreams?)

We can’t always see past the obvious when it comes to what is bothering us – our blind spots and lack of awareness block our inner vision.  I help you to step outside of your situation and point of view – so you gain new insights and shift  your perspective in a way that will ease your  anxieties and encourage peaceful sleep.

To get individual advice and assistance in decoding your sleep habits, book a complimentary Slip into Sleep session at: www.meetingwithsheila.com