Why am I waking up at 3?
October 17, 2010 5:41 PM Subscribe
What should I do about this particular form of insomnia?
posted by enzymatic to health & fitness (27 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I moved to Brooklyn from the Midwest about a year ago, and ever since moving here, I've had this weird intermittent insomnia, in which I wake up at 2 or 3 or 4 or 5 and can't go back to sleep-- sometimes for a half hour, sometimes for an hour or more. This is what I've tried so far:
1. Hot bath before bedtime (helps, but hasn't completely solved the problem)
2. Valerian root tea (also seems to help, but drank it last night and was up at 5am)
3. Unplugging wireless router (tinfoil-hat crazy, I know, but I read some research about wifi interrupting sleep patterns)
4. Not drinking ANYTHING hazardous in the evening (alcohol, caffeine) nor eating chocolate.
Has anyone successfully solved this sort of insomnia? A doctor friend recently told me it's frequently a problem of "the elderly" (I am 33!).
This might also fall under the tinfoil-hat-crazy category, but could cell phone towers contribute? Or the high density of wifi routers in my 14 story apt. building? I'm not stressed out, and I'm not depressed. I just wake up in the middle of the night for no reason!
Any tips, advice, input, or thoughts would be helpful. Thanks!