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Shuteye and sleep hygiene: the truth about why you keep waking up at 3am

Shuteye and sleep hygiene: the truth about why you keep waking up at 3am

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Nobody sleeps the whole night through

This is a common misconception.

Also, waking up a few times per night is not necessarily a cause for concern. The most important thing is how you feel when you get up: refreshed, ready to take the day or confused and unable to function?

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Why we wake up during the night

We wake up at night for many various reasons. Some of them are:

  1. Having a nightmare
  2. Distracting loud noises
  3. Sleep apnoea
  4. Nocturia (excessive nighttime urination).

However, it is important to let your practitioner know your sleeping habits so that they may analyse whether you have an underlying medical condition.

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Food and drinks that affect your sleep

Food and drinks that affect your sleep

  • Food and drinks that are bad for your sleep: Alcohol, caffeine, sugary-food (chocolate, gummy bears, etc.), spicy and acidic food (jalapeno poppers, spicy Cheetos etc.)
  • Pro-sleep food and drinks: Wholegrain cereal and milk, toast with peanut butter, nuts, seeds, and healthy fats.

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Sleep deprivation: Its effects and how to fix it

Sleep deprivation is when one's body does not get the proper amount of sleep it should. Some effects of being sleep deprived: memory issues, the inability to think clearly, weakened immune system.

Ways to fix your sleeping patterns:

  • Have a consistent sleeping schedule
  • Build healthier habits such as exercising and having a well-balanced diet
  • Have a sleeping environment that is free from distractions to allow yourself to relax.

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