For some people, falling asleep is hard, but for others, it's the staying asleep that's the difficult part. If you're not sure why you aren't sleeping as soundly as you would like, you might want to consider some surprising reasons you're waking up in the middle of the night. Aside from loud noises or an uncomfortable bed, there are a number of other factors that can play a role in how peaceful your slumber is, and being aware of what can affect your sleep quality can help you doze comfortably throughout the night without disturbances.
"Busy schedules and daytime stress are also often to blame for keeping people awake past normal bedtimes, as people are frequently not able to shut their brains off at night," says sleep expert Dr. Teofilo L. Lee-Chiong Jr., MD over email. "For others, not being able to get quality sleep might be a medical problem. This includes undiagnosed sleep disorders or side effects from certain medications. To combat these issues, people need to acknowledge that their lack of sleep is a problem and identify what is contributing to it."
If you keep finding yourself jolting up at 3 a.m., frustrated and hoping for a better night's sleep, pay attention to these 11 surprising reasons you're waking up in the middle of the night.