According to the National Sleep Foundation, 30% of the general population complains of sleep disruption. That is, their sleep problems involve not being able to stay asleep once they do fall asleep, and/or waking up too early and not being able to get back to sleep.
For many people, these issues can be just as devastating as lying in bed unable to fall asleep, because they have the same results – insufficient sleep, and poor quality sleep. Disrupted sleep – waking up often during the night or consistently waking up much earlier than you intended – can cause the same symptoms of sleep deprivation that tossing and turning and being unable to fall asleep in the first place causes.
What causes disrupted, interrupted, or too-short sleep?
There are many possible reasons why you might struggle to stay asleep, or to sleep as long as you want to. Some of the most common reasons include:
- Having to go to the bathroom often during the night
- Medical conditions such as eczema, restless leg syndrome or sleep apnoea
- Use of bright TV, phone, or computer screens before bedtime
- Caffeine or alcohol consumed too close to bedtime
- Stress, anxiety, and depression
- Environmental factors such as poor bedding, or bedrooms that are too hot or cold
Later we present some explanations for why such things can disrupt your sleep cycles, and some tips and techniques for how to overcome them.
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