We all have our very own internal body clocks, and that can easily be disrupted if our mental or physical health is compromised.
While it's not uncommon to wake up naturally in the middle of the night, oftentimes there's an underlying reason that you're not getting enough shut eye.
Bedtime is when your body recharges for the next day, but when we wake up, that energy cycle is interrupted, putting your overall health at risk.
If you're having trouble falling asleep between 9:00 p.m and 11:00 p.m, or wake up sometime between 11:00 p.m and 7:00 a.m, keep reading to see what you can do to get your best night's sleep.
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Do you have trouble sleeping before the clock strikes midnight? This is actually very common, and it doesn't have to do with you being a night owl.
People who report having difficulty falling asleep between 9:00 p.m and 11:00 p.m tend to be overly stressed. It's likely that your metabolism has slowed down and your brain's amygdala is working overtime. This area of your brain is responsible for the fight or flight response.
Participate in some relaxation exercises before you sleep to calm your mind and increase oxygen flow in your body.
That what you need to do if you're having trouble falling asleep. What if you're waking up at a certain time during the night?
11:00 PM - 1:00 AM
This is the time your gall bladder is most active. The bile stored in your gall bladder works to break down everything you ate before you slept and digest it properly.
If you're waking up between 11:00 p.m to 1:00 a.m, it may be because your body is having trouble absorbing your last meal. Try eating earlier or ask your doctor if you suffer from a food intolerance.
There was a time I was always waking up at this time. I visited my doctor, and after several tests, she discovered that I have a dairy intolerance.
1:00 AM - 3:00 AM
After digestion, your liver is working to flush out toxins. Make sure you're staying hydrated so that your system doesn't have trouble detoxifying.
Dehydration can lead to a host of problems, and if it goes unnoticed, your body will start to take stored water from your blood cells. Yikes!
3:00 AM - 5:00 AM
Waking up in the middle of the night is frustrating. Your mind feels weak, but your body feels like it's screaming at you.
These times are associated with your lungs and your emotions. People who wake up at this time are usually feeling sad about something. To avoid disrupting your sleep cycle, do some breathing exercises before you go to bed to release feel-good hormones.
5:00 AM - 7:00 AM
As you drift out of REM sleep, your body slowly starts to come back to reality, and as it does so, it becomes emotionally responsive. If there's an issue that's been bothering you for quite some time, it's going to wake you up as morning approaches.
When you wake up, focus on everything that's bothering you. It's clear that these negative emotions have been bottled up inside you for long enough, and if you don't get it out, your sleep schedule will be affected. Try talking to a friend or a loved one about what's been going on, and see if that helps.