There is little worse than waking up in the middle of the night and not being able to get back to sleep – especially when you have to be up for work the next morning.
When you have a restless night, it can affect not only your mood but your health, too.
Don’t worry though, there is some sound advice out there from sleep expert, Dr Michael Breus – who’s known as ‘The Sleep Doctor’ according to The Independent.
He says sleep is a ‘fundamental component of human life’ and if we are deprived of it, our ability to ‘function quickly deteriorates, and eventually crumbles’.
Dr Michael has given out his best advice to getting back to sleep if you do wake up in the middle of the night.
Firstly – don’t go to the bathroom unless you absolutely have to.
You raise your heart rate just by sitting up in bed, so don’t do that.
Breus says your heart ‘must be at a very particular rate’ for you to enter into a state of unconsciousness. That rate differs for everyone, but it’s usually around 60 beats per minute.
By getting out of bed you’re increasing your heart rate and to be able to get back to sleep, your heart will have to slow down again, which doesn’t happen straight away.
Relax – and (I do this) do not look at the time!
The Sleep Doctor says a lot of people have a fear of not getting enough sleep and when people wake up in the middle of the night, they have an instinct to look at the clock to see how many hours they have left before their alarm goes off.
He says the best thing you can do is just try to relax and don’t look because once you get all agitated or anxious, it’s almost impossible to fall back asleep.
So, if this is you, see what his advice does. Sweet dreams.