What can I do to get back to restful and uninterrupted sleep?
March 26, 2012 4:54 PM Subscribe
Why do I keep waking up in the middle of the night?
posted by Ryogen to health & fitness (26 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
Previously I had asked a question on AskMefi about how I could get into an ordinary routine sleep schedule, and thankfully, that's no longer a problem for me. Nowadays it rarely takes more than 15-30 for me to fall asleep. Unfortunately, over the past month I've developed a very consistent problem of waking up usually 4-5 hours after falling asleep, and sometimes having great difficulty falling back asleep. It's literally been happening every single day for the past month.
The official name for it seems to be Terminal Insomnia, but my research into that hasn't offered much help. Stress and anxiety are often cited as causes of the problem, but my life hasn't been notably stressful lately. I don't even really worry about this problem too much. It's just gotten annoying and persistent enough that I'd like to do something about it. It's not like I go to bed terrified about it or stressing myself out about losing sleep; I'll wake up earlier than I'd wanted to and casually think to myself, "Oh, it happened again." It is an issue of mild annoyance for me rather than stress or anxiety.
I doubt the problem has to do with my bedroom environment. It happens regardless of whether I'm feeling too hot/cold or just right, whether the sun has risen yet or not, and there aren't any unusual noises causing it. My mattress is pretty old, though, so I'm thinking dust mite allergies might possibly be a factor. As far as physical factors go, I doubt it's anything like a sleep apnea since I've looked into the risk factors for that and they're all off the mark; I'm only in my 20's with a slim build.
There are basically only a couple things I can think of that have correlated with my waking troubles: I've been taking fish oil capsules on most nights, and I've been doing around 10-20 minutes of interval training running at the gym and around the neighborhood 4-5 days a week. But correlation need not equal causation, of course.
Anybody else familiar with Terminal Insomnia issues? What can I do to get back to restful and uninterrupted sleep? While I've always been wary of taking sleep aids, I'm up for it if anything might help this.