Why Can't I Sleep? 7 Reasons You're Waking Up In The Middle Of The Night, According To Experts


When you wake up in the middle of the night, you might have been scared by a nightmare or anxious about an upcoming life transition. But there are a number of surprising reasons you aren't sleeping through the night that you might not have even considered. According to experts, something as seemingly common as having a warm bedroom or brushing your teeth with minty toothpaste could cause your sleep to be less than ideal.

While it's pretty common to wake up during the night, it's not healthy if it happens on a regular basis or affects how sleepy you are. One in three adults are likely to suffer from sleep deprivation, Carolyn Burke, a certified sleep coach and editor for The Sleep Advisor, tells Bustle. "You'll find a lot of people who are waking one or more times during the night," she says. "But this does cause damage to the body and brain long-term." Two signs that you should talk to a doctor are if you notice that you have trouble sleeping for an extended period of time, or if waking up during the night is affecting you during the day, Burke says.

Here are some reasons you aren't sleeping through the night, according to experts.