Do you wake up in the middle of the night? Here's what you need to know

If a good night’s rest is something that you wish you could dream about, then this is the article for you. Many people suffer from sleep loss, and it can certainly impact various areas of your life. However, people don’t always experience interrupted sleep because of the same reasons. The trick to getting a more rest at bedtime is pinpointing the issues and making adjustments as needed.
Here, we gathered a few of the most common culprits for sleep loss. Read on to see if any of these could be standing between you and a peaceful night of sleep. 
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Hot Flashes
Project Aware indicates that hot flashes can definitely wake people up. Women who are going through menopause of the most common sufferers of hot flashes. If you experience hot flashes at night, then it is called night sweats. According to the article, hot flashes feel like your body is being swept by a wave of heat. It can lead to perspiration and could be accompanied by anxiety. 
Natural Treatment: Project Aware suggests placing a cup of water and some motherwort near your bedside. If you awaken from a hot flash, then you can sip the water and mix in 15-25 drops of motherwort. Over time, your hot flashes should reduce. 
Restless Leg Syndrome
Restless Leg Syndrome is categorized as the involuntarily twitching in the arms and legs. Dr. Whitaker explains that the syndrome is caused by a disruption in the nervous system. The uncontrollable movement can certainly be a sleep hindrance. 
Natural Treatment: Dr. Whitaker indicates that some supplements work to reduce the symptoms of restless leg syndrome. One suggestion is to use iron for those that have a deficiency. You can also consume more calcium and magnesium. Additionally, Dr. Whitaker suggests regular exercise and has even heard from patients that slipping a bar of soap under the sheets has also reduced involuntarily movement. 
Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is common, but very disruptive sleep disorder. According to Help Guide, sleep apnea is the interruption of your breathing pattern. People who suffer from this disorder may have long pauses in their breathing or periods of very shallow breathing. Signs of sleep apnea include:
• Loud snoring
• Choking or gasping for air
• Uneven breathing
• Daytime tiredness
Natural Treatment: Sleep apnea can be treated with a few lifestyle changes. Help Guide indicates that being overweight can be a risk factor for developing sleep apnea. If that is the case, then you should strive to lose weight and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. Additionally, you should avoid drinking alcohol, quit smoking, and try to keep a regular sleep schedule. 
Improper Sleep Position
The way that you sleep can certainly impact how well you rest. Certain positions are more comfortable and can improve the overall functioning of your body as you sleep. 
Natural Treatment: According to an article from Life Spa, sleeping on your left side has some benefits. A few of those advantages include: easier for your heart to pump blood, better elimination, easier digestion and supports the function of the spleen. Joint Essential indicates that sometimes it can come down to the proper use of your pillow. You should make sure that your neck and spleen are both adequately supported by the way that you position your pillow. You should include more pillows under the small of your back and under or between your knees so that your joints are not strained. 
Nocturia
A common reason for interrupted sleep is due to nocturia. According to the Sleep Foundation, nocturia is when a person wakes up several times per night to urinate. It is considered in the ordinary range if a person only wakes up once to use the restroom. However, some individuals who live with severe nocturia may wake up six to eight times per night. 
When to see a doctor: There is no treatment option for nocturia. However, if you experience a change in your sleep pattern or urination, you should seek the advice of your doctor. While nocturia may be a sign of aging, it could also be linked to more serious health concerns. 
Tips for Better Sleep: 
While there are certainly things out of your control that can impact your sleep, there are certain things you can do to improve the odds of getting a full night of rest. 
Regular Sleep Schedule 
An article from NPR indicates that a regular sleep pattern is certainly important. It is better for your body to go to sleep at the same time rather than have an inconsistent schedule. The same is true for napping. If you are a regular napper, then you should certainly try to do so at the same time every day.
Regular Exercise 
An active lifestyle can certainly help you rest better and stay asleep longer. 
Go Outside
According to Web MD, going outside can help you regulate your nights and days which helps you keep a healthy sleep cycle. 
Avoid Caffeine and Alcohol
Web MD suggests eliminating these types of beverages near bedtime.
Manage Your Stress
Reducing the amount of stress in your life is important. Try to avoid stressful discussions before bedtime and try to do relaxing activities such as reading a book or taking a warm bath. 
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Good rest is essential for your overall health. If you have experienced a change in your sleep pattern, you should consult your doctor. Share this with your friends to help them get a better night of sleep. 
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