Siest Sleep questions: You asked - we answered
My husband goes to the bathroom 3 or 4 times a night and my sleep is very disturbed.
This must be very frustrating for you both. No one wants to be awake in the middle of the night.
Helping your partner wake up less is one part of the equation. And also key is to help you find a sleep solution to fall asleep more easily after you wake up.
An Irish study in 2015 showed this is very common and also difficult for all parties. Nocturia (waking up frequently to go to the bathroom) or sleep maintenance insomnia (waking up frequently), anxiety or chronic pain are areas that can cause waking up in the night. We don’t offer personalized sleep advice as we can’t know the full situation. And we suggest talking to your doctor for specific sleep advice.
How can you fall back asleep after you wake up?
To help slow your mind down after you’ve woken up from sleep is useful. This can help take your mind away from the fact that 1. You’re awake, 2. You really don’t want to be awake so are probably also annoyed and frustrated.
And here are some simple things can help you fall back asleep in the middle of the night:
- Have ear plugs with calming sleep sounds to lull you back to sleep
- Follow a simple breathing technique to fall back to sleep
- Holding a weighted sleeper can be incredibly comforting to fall back asleep and useful for chronic knee hip or back pain
- Fast Day naps for 5 - 10 minutes. Sleep doesn’t need to be all in one go at night. Most people know that sleeping more than 30 mins will make you feel tired but what about even a 5 - 10 minute one. It can be super for mood and alertness.
*Always talk to your Doctor about chronic sleep problems