You’re more deserving of sleep. After all, you exercise, follow a sleep routine, and eat healthily. Then it happens. You wake up in the middle of the night–three days in a row now! Turns out, waking up in the middle of the night is normal and common. However, this does become a problem if you can’t fall back asleep after waking up. Here’s what you should do if you wake up at midnight. 1

Do Something

After you woke up and still can’t sleep or aren’t sleepy, get out of bed. If you’re not tired, you’re not tired. It’s impossible to force yourself to sleep. This will just result in frustration. Do something you find relaxing like reading or drawing. No bright lights either!

Go To The Bathroom

If you wake up with a “need” to go, then by all means go. This is a common reason that wakes most people up. Also, you should use a nightlight in the bathroom or use no light. Otherwise, the bright light will trick your brain into thinking it’s daytime. After you’ve done your business try to go back to sleep.

If you find yourself waking up throughout the night, water could be to blame. For this reason, it’s recommended to avoid any liquids two hours before bed. Still waking up with a need to go? It’s normal for this to happen as we age, however, this problem could come from medications, sleep apnea, diabetes, or a neurological issue.

Avoid Electronics

Yes, some phones and computers have certain apps that have a blue-light filter. The only problem is that you can still see the time. Imagine yourself waking up and seeing it’s 1:10 a.m. Chances are, you’ll do the math and see how long you’ve slept and how much time you have left to fall back asleep.

Keep Same Waking And Sleeping Times

Assuming you couldn’t fall back asleep, you probably want to call in sick tomorrow and sleep in. However, that would only do more harm than good. You see, by waking up at the same time, you create a sleep schedule. Over time, your body will know when it should be sleeping. By having a sleep schedule, you’ll have an easier time falling asleep and waking up. 2