Guest post today on sleep, or lack thereof. Have you experienced any of these causes of wakefulness? Share in the comments below.

Do you often wake up in the middle of the night without knowing why? If this happens to you on a regular basis, then it will soon affect your health and your work efficiency, especially if you find it hard to go back to sleep. In order to address your sleep loss issues, you should be aware of the things that could be wrecking your slumber. If you can’t pinpoint what the problem is, then maybe it’s time for you to see a specialist.

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So, what could be jolting you awake at night? There are several reasons why you wake up at night: Too much caffeine, a crying baby, a wailing puppy, or an inconsiderate neighbor playing loud music, are things that can really disturb your sleep. But there are also other reasons, and here are some examples.

1. You might be suffering from a sleep disorder. Some kinds of sleep disorders disrupt sleep, and an example is sleep apnea. A person suffering from this condition will wake up several times during the night because he temporarily stops breathing. He is not aware that this is happening, but the effects are obvious the next day. This individual will wake up tired and groggy, and in serious need of a good night’s rest.

2. You’re pregnant. There are several reasons why pregnant women wake up in the middle of the night. For one, they need to go to the toilet every few hours. Others, especially those in the final trimester, could also experience cramps at night which can really jolt them awake. Many pregnant women also have difficulty finding a good sleeping position.

3. You’re worrying a lot or have a medical condition. Things that make your mind chaotic can also wake you up at night. Feeling stressed about an important meeting or worrying about your kids can jerk you into wakefulness. Other culprits include psychiatric conditions, like bipolar or anxiety disorder, or medical problems, like lung disease, asthma, and enlarged prostate in men.

4. You’re in pain. Pain can disrupt sleep because as the pain is relayed throughout the body, the body is not able to go into deep, restorative sleep. What others aren’t aware of is that even mild pain can wake you up in the middle of the night, not just severe pain. Therefore, if you have either an acute or chronic condition that is causing you pain, ask your doctor about what options there are to help you sleep better. Remember that sleep is vital to recovery.

5. You’re taking medications that are keeping you awake. If you have a condition that requires you to take medicines regularly, ask your physician if these will keep you awake. Once you learn that such meds could disrupt sleep, inquire about what you can do or what you can change in order for you to get a good night’s rest.

6. You’re not comfortable. Have you stayed in a hotel and found it hard to sleep even though you’re in a luxurious bed? This is because your body is used to your old and trusty mattress. However, there comes a time when you’ll have to change your favorite mattress, especially once you feel that it’s no longer able to support your weight or your body well. Maybe you’re experiencing worse back aches, neck pain or other discomforts that could be due to a lumpy or sagging mattress.

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Claire Thorpe is a freelancer who has written many articles for the internet. Most of the work that she has done is about home and health, and you can learn more here.

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