The two things you must not do if you wake up in the middle of the night
According to a sleep expert
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.