How To Fall Back Asleep If You Wake Up In The Middle Of The Night, According To Experts

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There’s nothing more frustrating than falling asleep… only to wake up a few hours later. Whether it’s from insomnia or other factors, there are reasons that some people cannot sleep through the night. Of course, there are ways to get back to sleep if you wake up in the middle of the night, but you may want to first determine why you’re doing so, according to sleep experts.

For instance, drinking alcohol can be a factor in interrupting your sleep. “Alcohol is notorious for disrupting sleep,” Dr. Jennifer Caudle, Family Physician and Associate Professor at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, tells Bustle. Therefore, she says that cutting out alcohol can improve sleep.

“Even though alcohol may make us feel sleepy and ready to ‘hit the sack,’ sleep is often interrupted and of poor quality when alcohol has been involved — so an immediate benefit of not drinking might be feeling more rested and getting better sleep at night.” As an on again-off again insomniac, I can vouch for Dr. Caudle’s theory. I gave up drinking alcohol in January and mostly continue to do so, and I’ve definitely noticed a difference on the nights I skip drinking.

However, there are other reasons, too, you may wake up in the middle of the night. Below, experts weigh in on how to get back to sleep.