Do you often wake up in the middle of the night and then struggle to fall back asleep? Bustle, and Carolyn Burke who is a certified sleep coach, explains a couple reasons why you may not be sleeping through the night.

  • Using your bed for other activities other than sleep and sex can confuse your brain. If you read in bed, or watch movies while in bed, your body won't be able to tell when it is time to go to sleep because being in bed won't be a trigger to wind down.
  • Keeping your bedroom too hot because when you're asleep you're less able to shiver or sweat, so if your body is unable to regulate its' temperature. If your room is too hot, you're likely to wake up so that your body can work to get your temperature back down.
  • Being overexcited can keep you awake if you are looking forward to the next day's events. Meditation and other breathing techniques can help you not think of the next day's happenings and allow you to fall asleep to insure that you're well rested.

Constant and consistent interruption of your sleep patterns at night can eventually affect your health. If this is an ongoing problem for you, it's always best to talk to a doctor about it.

(via Bustle)