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Reasons You’re Waking Up In The Night

We’ve all been there before, lying awake at night, tossing and turning, wondering why you’re unable to sleep. Sometimes the reason is something obvious, like that evening cup of coffee or midday nap, but other times it’s seemingly for no reason! Particularly if it’s happening on a frequent basis.

There are so many factors in our daily life that can affect whether or not we’re able to fall asleep quickly and the quality of our sleep, like whether we sleep through the night without waking up. If you’re someone who struggles with getting a good night’s sleep, check out this article which explores all the potential culprits…

1. Anxiety

Anxiety is something we’ve all experienced before on some level. Of course, there are varying degrees of anxiety and for some, it’s a more frequent and debilitating to their everyday life, such as sleeping. “Anxiety can absolutely wake you up at night,” says Nesochi Okeke-Igbokwe, M.D., a physician in New York when talking to SELF.

The Mayo Clinic notes that trouble sleeping is one of the most common symptoms of anxiety disorder. This condition can greatly affect sleeping by causing a racing heartbeat and/or night terrors. “Additionally, there are people who may experience what are called nocturnal panic attacks, meaning they may have transient episodes of intense panic that wake them up from their slumber,” says Dr. Okeke-Igbokwe to SELF.

If you think your lack of sleep is due to anxiety, you should consult with a doctor to determine if there is an underlying anxiety disorder at play, or to see if they have any suggestions for treatment options like meditation or breathing exercises that may provide some relief.

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