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Why do I wake up at 3am?

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Last Updated: 08/04/2020 at 4:22pm
Why do I wake up at 3am?
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August 21st, 2015 8:36pm
it can be due the drinking fact or it s related to spirit things if you heard about witching hour ...
August 21st, 2015 9:14am
The brain is highly active at night, transforming short-term memory into long-term memory and carrying out repair and regeneration, and it depends on a steady supply of energy to do these tasks. When you sleep at night your body goes into a fasting state. In order not to deprive the brain of the food it needs for energy, the body compensates by gradually raising cortisol, an adrenal hormone. Cortisol stimulates the body to release or create glucose to supply the brain with energy during the night-long fast. Chronic low blood sugar, however, throws a kink in this process. People with hypoglycemia tend to have difficulty making the right amount of cortisol at the right times of the day or night. They also have blood sugar levels that spike and then crash throughout the day. If they go too long without eating they experience lightheadedness, irritability, shakiness, a spacey feeling, and other symptoms that signify the brain is not getting enough glucose. In these cases, not only does blood sugar drop too low during the night, but the adrenal glands don’t produce enough cortisol to keep the brain fueled. In response, the body sounds the emergency alarm by releasing “fight-or-flight” hormones. These stress hormones raise blood sugar back to a safer level. Unfortunately, they also raise stress, which can cause anxiety or panic in the middle of the night. Hence the waking up at 3 a.m. and not being able to fall back asleep.
September 24th, 2015 2:24am
Because your body doesn't produce enough melatonin to keep you asleep throughout the night. When you wake up at three am many days in a row, it turns into a sort of habit for your body.
December 2nd, 2015 12:58am
I wake up at 3 am from anxiety usually. I practice mindful meditation and calm breathing. After a nice cup of tea I am usually able to sleep again!
September 23rd, 2015 3:29pm
It is possible that you might have anxiety for the next day, or are feeling uncomfortable in your sleep. Many reasons can be a cause of waking up at odd times during a normal sleep patter. It would always be better to get a suggestion from a certified personal instead of assuming things.
September 2nd, 2015 8:52am
Because anxiety makes me exceptional self-aware, and I tend to react to every little change in my body. I think this also involves my subconsciousness, which is reacting and waking me up during sleep.
August 23rd, 2015 3:54am
I used to wake up often between 3-4am. I think the main reason is based on pure biology. There are two hormones that help us with the sleep/awake cycle. One is melatonin (promotes sleep) and the other is cortisol (promotes being awake). Both of these are tied to a complex system of 'clocks' inside your body and when you are stressed, or anxious or have other health issues - these clocks get out of sync. So your body is producing Cortisol at an inappropriate hour. The best way to fix, from my research, is to help regain your health and manage your stress/anxiety and emotions. This also involves building up your circadian rhythms - eating/sleeping in a consistent way each day and not staying up too late at night nor sleeping too much during daylight.
September 11th, 2015 5:01pm
Its two fold, your cyclical cycle for sleep is programmed to that time, which is why you wake up at a certain time consistently. Also, back in "Olden Times" we as a species used sleep in 2x Four Hour segments. After the first four, wed wake up and be up for a bit (1-3 hrs) and hang out or have a chat with a neighbour. Then go back to sleep for another few until sunrise. History does tend to repeat itself more than you realize :)
September 12th, 2015 8:08pm
I wake up at 3am often because I cannot sleep. I open up 7 cups of tea, and try to take as many general requests as I am able to handle.
August 29th, 2015 4:20am
Waking up at three am is the worst. I often find myself awake at three am because I can't shut my brain off. I would have fallen asleep earlier that night, but then without me consciously realizing it I wake up. My mind just starts running in list of things I have to do, things I've done wrong, and whatever else is pressing on my mind. My mind will not be quieted, it runs without me consciously steering my thoughts. I can lay for hours thinking without realizing I should be asleep. That's why I wake up or find myself awake at three in the morning.
August 28th, 2015 4:42pm
I find if I am extremely stressed I wake up during different intervals at night. Other times, it's because my fiance is a snorer.
August 22nd, 2015 7:07pm
good question... could be to pee? could be because a mosquito is trying to have dinner? because your companion in bed is snorring? could be because you had a nightmare? or perhaps your inner clock is trying to tell you that is the moment to wake up on take action... write, sing, paint, talk, enjoy your being, listen, speak... who knows? only you :-)
September 17th, 2015 3:17am
Could depend on when you go to sleep, your sleep hygiene, or any of the medications you're currently taking. If this is a recurring thing, and it's preventing you from ever getting a good night's rest, I'd suggest speaking with your primary care provider.
August 19th, 2015 8:31am
If you sleep throughout the day, your body may not be tired at night. It helps to have a clear mind as well when attempting to sleep.
September 5th, 2015 1:18am
There could be several different explanations why you wake up at 3am.Some on the sun light hours..early to bed & early to rise..maybe your body is telling you the same wants to be up with the sunrise..3am is a little early to be up though..also if you live in an apadtment building it could be neighbors periodically making noise to and its waking you up...hopefully you are able to fall back asleep easily & have a good nights sleep.
October 29th, 2015 8:25am
This could depend on many things. Make sure you are going to bed at a proper time; not too early, not too late. Try not to drink or eat an hour before bed. Use the restroom before you lay down. Also, turning off any distractions (tv, lights, music) can help you earn a more solid sleep session.
August 21st, 2015 11:42pm
Someone or something is watching you. D: Or... you are worried about something, but you should sleep again, sleep time is the best time :^).
August 27th, 2015 12:53am
It could be that something is troubling you subconsciously? Are you having enough sleep? Napping or sleeping during the day can cause you to wake up durimg the night: Body feels rested and signals you to wake up. Maybe you should stop exercising before sleep? There are always outer factors like rowdy neighbors, appliances and such. If this starts to happen more often, dear questioner, seek professional aid.
August 27th, 2015 8:41pm
There could be a number of reasons to wake up at 3 am and you can find that difference in how you wake up. Do you wake up rested? Then maybe you've already had enough sleep. Are you tired? Then maybe you were just in your so called REM cycle (lighter sleep) and a light disturbance woke you up. And this is taking out other things like f.e. medication use/ caffeine use.
August 29th, 2015 5:12pm
i wake up at 3 am because i used to be a hectic student who used to wake up at 3 am, after 2 years of forcing me to wake up at 3 am, after my finals, i found it hard to get a good night sleep because of the habit i forced into my self
August 30th, 2015 4:42pm
I wake up at three am because when life is falling apart during the day, my brain processes at night and shows me all my fears but in an overly dramatic way. Being awake may still feel better than being asleep
September 2nd, 2015 10:51pm
Sometimes the human mind records a specific time to wake up because their minds fall out of the sleep paralysis
September 4th, 2015 6:35am
Age is an enemy of sleep. Childlike sleep is sound sleep for it is not burdened with care or sorrows that come our way as we grow up. I now usually wake at 3 am because the thought of my young son who died in a road accident keeps haunting me.
September 18th, 2015 4:30pm
There could be something on your mind that's making you wake up this early. Try and clear your head.
October 29th, 2015 1:50am
There could be lots of reasons, you could be waking up from a dream, you might even be fully rested by then! if you are stressed, that could also be the reason, Talk to your doctor, they might be able to help !
October 29th, 2015 12:30pm
Your body could be naturally waking you up because of your body clock/sleep pattern- you could be stressed or even uncomfortable. Maybe you have dreams that wake you up but you do not remember having them?
August 19th, 2015 7:17am
Everybody has a different circadian rhythm. Usually it's from 4-10 hours for adults. Other causes can be nightmares to environmental intrusions.
August 20th, 2015 12:00am
i wake up at 3am because of my cat! she gets a wild burst of energy in the early hours of the morning.
August 20th, 2015 2:10pm
I wake up most often because my boyfriend is not great at snoozing! He needs a lot less sleep than I do; I could sleep for hours and hours past him. Fortunately, he's courteous enough to head into the living room when he wakes up to find something quiet to do. He's always been very considerate in that.
August 20th, 2015 10:33pm
Sometimes i have nightmares and then i wake up. This feeling really sucks . I usually try to calm down after that: Drink some water , take a deep breath or go on Tumblr . It really helps me to calm myself , so i can sleep fine after that. (: