3 Reasons You’re Waking Up In The Middle Of The Night

African American woman in bedUnable to get your beauty sleep? Do you find yourself constantly roused during the wee hours of the night? Being unable to sleep through the night could be a sign of a deeper health issue.

Here are a few of the most common causes of nighttime waking and what you can do about it.

Anxiety or Depression

It’s no secret that mental health issues such as anxiety or depression can cause restlessness and the inability to fall or stay asleep at night. In some cases, symptoms can worsen and become so severe, that one may wake up due to panic attacks, nightmares or feelings of uneasiness.

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), anxiety disorders are the most common mental disorder, affecting about 40 million adults in the U.S.

Symptoms: While occasional anxiety is normal, those with anxiety disorder are, “three to five times more likely to go to the doctor and six times more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders” than those who don’t suffer from the disorder, the ADAA says. Sufferers may feel constant irrational worry and fear that can interfere with day-to-day life.

How to fix the problem: If one of the two is preventing you from counting sheep, you may need to seek professional help. There are several forms of treatment that may benefit you, including: cognitive-behavior therapy, medication, relaxation techniques or exercise.