5 Things to Help You Fall Back Asleep When You Wake Up in the Middle of the Night

Woman looking at her phone in bed in the middle of the night.

Waking up in the middle of the night can be frustrating to say the least. You feel tired, yet your body doesn’t seem to want to get back to snoozing. However, there are some easy things you can do to get back to sleep on those restless nights. There are some tips to follow when you wake up in the hours of the night that no one should be up for.

Stop checking the clock.

Constantly looking at your phone or alarm clock to see how long you’ve been up, how late it is, or how many hours left until you have to get up will only stress you out more than is needed. Try putting your phone far away where you can’t see the time so that you can focus on relaxing and getting back to sleep, and not about how many minutes are passing.

Jot it down.

If you wake up in the middle of the night, and your mind is racing, writing down your thoughts in a journal can help you to organize your thoughts. By getting these things down on paper, they won’t be floating around in your head as much, and you can get back to focusing on your sleep.

Focus on something comforting.

Channel your thoughts into positive things only. Try focusing on a fond memory, or your favorite people to hang out with. When your thoughts are not racing but are rather focused on thinking about positive things in your life, you should be able to drift off to sleep quickly.

Try lavender essential oils.

Try rubbing lavender oil on pressure points like your wrists and temples. The scent of lavender is soothing and reduces anxious feelings and can help you get back to sleep before you know it.

Get up.

Sometimes lying in bed and consciously trying to get your body back to sleep is counter productive. You want to get back to bed, yet you keep thinking about how you’re not sleeping which makes you more angry and therefore you cant get back to sleep. Getting up and sitting down somewhere else can end up making you feel tired again so that when you get back into bed you’re ready to snooze again.

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