The two things you must not do if you wake up in the middle of the night

According to a sleep expert

The two things you must not do if you wake up in the middle of the night

Waking up in the middle of the night is literally the worst. All you want is a long, restful sleep, but - boom - you’re awake at 3am and feeling completely wired. While getting yourself to drift off again can be a bit of a challenge, sleep specialist and The Power of When author, Dr. Michael Breus, talked to The Independent about some tricks that will help.

First things first: the don’ts. According to Dr. Breus, you shouldn’t go to the bathroom unless you really need to, because even just sitting up will raise your heart rate. Your heart needs to be at a particular rate in order for you to feel relaxed enough to sleep, and you disrupt that rate when you dash (or stumble) down the hall to get to the toilet.

The second ‘don’t’ means fighting your first instinct. Dr. Breus says you shouldn’t look at the time, as this causes you to do the mental math and count how many hours you have left until your alarm ruins your life goes off. Pretty much all of us reach for our phones when we first wake up, am I right? But resist the urge and move on to his ultimate ‘do’: relaxing until you can rest again.

It’s kind of a given, but Dr. Breus stresses it’s important that you don’t get agitated. Clear your mind, because once you get anxious that you’re still awake, sleep is off the cards.

And we’ve all been there.

Via Cosmo

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Keith Neal
Keith Neal
Mar 21
good point not going to happen with me
aj crazy
aj crazy
Mar 21
Ha ha ha! Insomnia doesn't work like that -_-
Carrie Divine
Carrie Divine
Mar 21
@aj crazy
yep
Steven Weaver
Steven Weaver
Mar 21
If i gotta pee im going
Nadia Frausto
Nadia Frausto
Mar 21
i am trying to fall asleep now while readibg this😐😐😐😜😜😜
Dennis Mccort
Dennis Mccort
Mar 21
Here I thought it would be go duck hunting and putting jellybeans in your toaster.
Sandy Bjork
Sandy Bjork
Mar 21
leg cramps hurt, in the middle of the night. AND what makes it even worse, You gotta pee!
Brena Gardinier
Brena Gardinier
Mar 21
This is not the case with me. Sometimes I get up to pee and fall back to sleep on the toilet. I've almost fallen into the shower several times. When I start to fall it wakes me up, but I've had some close calls.
Michael Derme
Michael Derme
Mar 21
yeah and dont breath oxygen and dont eat food, stupid article
Evie Hammond
Evie Hammond
Mar 21
I agree, "it's kinda a given on what not to do if you wake up in the middle of the night." So much of a given that I can't believe someone actually took time out of their day to write a story about things that are pretty much a "given" to the rest of the world! #LAZYJOURNALISTSSUCK!