How do I avoid waking up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom?
January 7, 2010 3:26 PM Subscribe
How do I avoid waking up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom? How do I get back to sleep afterwards?
posted by desjardins to health & fitness (32 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I normally go to bed between 11 pm and midnight and wake up around 7 am. Almost every morning between 3 and 5 am I wake up for no apparent reason. I don't feel any need to urinate. But as I try to go back to sleep, I start to feel it. I can't ignore it and fall back asleep. So I get up and go, and when I come back to bed my sleep is fitful. I wake up multiple times (but do not have to go again). When my alarm goes off I do not feel well-rested.
I urinate immediately before going to bed. I try to avoid drinking anything for an hour before bed. I usually avoid caffeine in the evenings and rarely drink alcohol. Mostly I have juice, decaf tea, or soy milk in the evenings. Before bed, I take anti-anxiety medications that increase drowsiness.
I'm female, mid 30s. I've been getting up in the middle of the night since I was a child, but the falling-back-asleep difficulty has only been happening in the last six months. My life has been really stressful lately, and I'm sure some of that comes into play, but I rarely have trouble falling asleep in the first place, only when I get up in the middle of the night.