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Why do I wake up every hour, on the hour?

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Last Updated: 11/07/2021 at 2:12pm
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October 27th, 2015 4:09pm
Cortisol might be the cause.. Cortisol is the hormone that makes us feel alert, it can sometimes be elevated at night when we are under stress or lead stressful lives. Also it is elevated when our blood sugar is low (our body uses cortisol to RAISE blood sugar). So if you have not eaten for a long time, or have eaten a sugar loaded meal, then when the crash comes your body will use cortisol to raise the sugar level in your blood, keeping you awake at night. This is important, because your body's blood sugar level can lead even to death if it goes out of the parameters your body/brain needs, so your body prioritises this. A sugary diet or not eating well can lead to problems, as your body will prioritise its blood sugar levels over sleep (and that is saying something!). Also caffeine (as most know) should be avoided, but I recommend giving it up entirely. Read "the truth about caffeine" or a similar book, if you need convincing. Phosphatidylserine, a natural substance we produce in our bodies as well as getting from a some foods can really help us reabsorb cortisol when its high, so this can be helpful, but only if you sort out your diet too, Supplements of this could help if taken after dinner, I was recommended 300mg a night by functional medical practitioner and it was very effective, I however suggest getting some nutritional advice or advice from a functional medical practitioner before undertaking any supplement program. Hormone problems related to your thyroid can also make a difference to your sleep quality, and so if you are experience lack of energy (which I bet you do) then check out your thyroid. Docs normally won't treat you if your TSH (a thyroid marker they look at) is below 5, but if its over 2 you will not feel good (I know this from my own experience and that of others I have spoken to). If your TSH is over 2 then go and see a functional medical practitioner (please learn the difference between them and regular doctors) and you will be on the right track. Not all sleepless nights are caused by universal factors or the ones I've mentioned, my information is for you to bear in mind and use your judgement. Magnesium deficiency can really harm a good night's sleep, so my last words on the subject are to try a little magnesium after dinner (magnesium is the most deficient nutrient in modern society) so its likely it could help. You can take it through supplement tablets, a body spray on the skin, or baths with salts high in magnesium. They all work. Magnesium is the first thing given to heart attack patients to calm everything down, so you can imagine its importance, and also its safeness, please read up on it or take advice before proceeding with any supplements though. I hope you find this information useful, I have obtaining from wide reading, discussions with functional medical practitioners and nutritionists, and lastly but not least, through first hand experience.
May 20th, 2016 8:47pm
I wake up every hour on the hour because everytime I am awake I can do better in the world. When you are awake you have the potential for so much.
May 25th, 2015 10:32am
You might be worried or anxious about something? Are you scared of something or has anyone threatened you recently? Do you feel safe where you sleep?
February 29th, 2016 7:54pm
insomnia is often caused by overthinking and over worrying about things, which isn't hard to guess but very hard to deal with. Make peace with yourself, care less about others and more about your well being
May 13th, 2016 1:33pm
There are many different causes for sleep insomnia. Environmental factors - Is your room to hot, too cold, uncomfy, too light, too dark. Adapt your sleeping arrangements to suit you. Some can't sleep without background noise, some require absolute silence. Others will not be able to sleep wearing pyjamas, whereas others would be unable to get comfy without them. Mental factors - Are you experiencing stress, anxiety, paranoia, feeling pressured? Or even are you extremely happy... is everything just a bit too perfect? These things can effect our sleep, the mind is extremely powerful! If you feel there is an underlying cause, consult a healthcare professional. Medical factors - Are you unwell? Have a cold? In pain? Medical factors can have a huge impact on sleep, even things such as pregnancy can change your sleeping habits! Again, if you feel a medical problem could be a factor consult a healthcare professional. Crazy but proven tip!... Supposedly our body clocks can in fact be reset!!!! A recent study showed that when a group of insomniacs took to camping for 3 days, their body clocks rest themselves, and when returning home they would wake and go to sleep at more "normal" times. The theory behind this, is that when sleeping under the stars and away from technology, your body learns to rise when the sun comes up, and sleep when the sun goes down. This isn't to say the sun actually triggers you to fall asleep, but supposedly can have a positive effect on those with sleep disorders.
July 9th, 2018 6:27am
If you suddenly just start waking up every night, every hour on the hour and there is nothing wrong with you, that should be of concern. You may have had invasive surgeryin the past under general anaesthetic. Many people have started to complain about this type of very odd sleeplessness. I recommend you buy a hand held radio frequency scanner and test for yourself for radio frequency implants. RFID is a very serious threat to privacy and no one wants to talk about it.
June 17th, 2015 11:21am
Sounds like a sleeping problem. Here are a few situations though: Circadian Rhythm Disorders, Insomnia, Snoring, Sleep Apnea, Pregnancy, Narcolepsy, Restless Leg Syndrome, Nightmares, Night Terrors and Sleepwalking, Young Age, Old Age, Lifestyle, Medication, Depression, Anxiety, Heart Failure, or Lung problems. If any of these sounds like something you have or do have, chances are they could be the problem. Asking a health professional is your best resort if you need more information or help. :)
October 25th, 2015 4:52pm
There's lots of weird sleeping schedules, lots of people have trouble sleeping all throughout the night and not waking for no apparent reason, you may need to talk to a professional about it because I know nothing else about you and therefore I cannot help very well.
April 23rd, 2016 2:51am
Check for ventilation , proper sleep hygiene, Some people have some time adjusting due to changes , maybe , new environment , noise, trauma it differs
April 29th, 2016 6:47pm
If this is not a biological disorder then it is propably OCD.Maybe you are anxious about something and that is troubling your sleep.
April 27th, 2016 8:15am
Sleep disorders are very common and very treatable a doctor can best recommend how you can get a full nights sleep.
June 28th, 2016 7:05pm
To wake up effectively, i have my friends call me to wake me up, or use my favorite songs as alarm clocks!
November 9th, 2017 3:42am
There is something going on in your mind. Something the brain has been trying to tell you, and something you have left unnoticed. Each day, before going to bed, recall every single activity you have done throughout the day. All the happy ones, the embarrassing ones, everything... Have a glass of water and sleep.
November 22nd, 2017 10:26am
Something in your life might be unsolved and keep you restless. Make a list of all the things that you want to do, things that you have to do. Arrange them by importance or priority. Group them in categories like "goals", "todo", "maybe someday" or "next action". Those "next action" items that need less than two minutes time can be tackled at once. When a task is finished, scratch the item from your list. See "GTD method" for further info. Good luck!
May 12th, 2016 7:47pm
may be your mind is occupied with some thing you know when you are going to sleep your mind still wake and your thoughts go around allover your head .so don't give mind to any thing & try to clear your mind before you go to bed & go to bed when you want to sleep ..
May 18th, 2016 1:13am
Because I cannot sleep and am stressed out about life and my family. Those are the most important :)
February 18th, 2015 12:19am
There are a variety of reasons. Maybe you have trouble with sleeping, maybe your hormone levels are off, maybe it is a habit that you have gotten yourself in, maybe there is some anxiety, etc. I would definitely go talk to your medical doctor. They will be able to see if it is biological and they will treat you. They will also be able to tell if it is psychological and they will refer you to a psychologist who can help you. I imagine that your day to day functioning is pretty impaired from missing so much sleep and not being able to reach your deep sleep, which is when your memories are formed and your body repairs itself, so I would definitely see someone about it soon. Also if you are feeling oddly paranoid or anxious it is most likely connected to the lack of sleep.
May 26th, 2016 12:40am
You wake up at the same time every time perhaps because you go to bed at the same time. That's a good thing.
August 21st, 2016 8:19am
When your body is used to sleeping or waking up at a certain hour, it is only natural for it to keep waking up at the same time. If you have to wake up earlier, try to adjust the time you sleep gradually.
May 13th, 2016 3:10pm
This could be for several different reasons. Maybe talking to your doctor about it can help. But remember only you can figure out you.
May 15th, 2016 1:33am
it probably is a habit! :) i tend to also wake up either right on the dot at 6 in the morning or around there!
April 30th, 2020 5:51am
When your internal routine is thrown off-balance, you're thrown into a cycle of constantly waking up. This cycle can be a result from changes in routine, over-exposure to electronic gadgets, change in bedroom light levels, or even stress. I would try to relax my body and mind in some way by avoiding caffeine before bed, only using my bed for sleep, get regular exercise, reduce the intake of alcohol or nicotine. However, if you find yourself waking up quite often for a more extended period of time, this could be a case of insomnia or sleep apnea. I would try talking to a health care professional if this is the case.
May 13th, 2016 8:32pm
You could have a hormonal imbalance or maybe one of your vitamins is low and you need herbal supplements or vitamins to help boost it? Could also be you may have various distractions around the house, such as tv, music, phones, tablets (Electronics in general) that make noise, or if you have a clock that makes a noise every hour, or even an animal that may pull you out of sleep for some reason.
June 3rd, 2016 7:55pm
Maybe you are having nightmares of some sort? you should talk to a doctor to find out a professinal answer
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June 5th, 2016 2:31am
It could be many different things. you could have a sleeping condition (but check with a doctor first) it could be how your body timer is set. You can try (with doctors permission) sleeping meds and or vitamins to help you sleep better.
June 14th, 2016 12:32am
It could have started from one night casue by dream or overheating and your body just got used to it. the best thing to do is fix your sleep pattern
September 3rd, 2016 2:20pm
It's your internal clock. It's interesting how that happens, but sometimes we become programmed. Your subconscious has an alarm clock.
November 8th, 2017 8:54pm
You may make up often if something is on your mind as this makes it hard to relax and shut off. Try speaking to a listener to try and get whatever may be bothering you off your chest! Sometimes having someone to talk to is all it takes to feel better.
February 11th, 2018 10:07pm
Maybe you are regretting something from the past or something is stopping you from something you must do
August 7th, 2020 10:02pm
This could be because of stress, having a lot on your mind that you’ve been keeping inside throughout the day. Worrying can also be a reason if you fall asleep with negative thoughts and emotions that haven’t been expressed or shared. I noticed that having a warm drink sometimes really helps. Also getting out of bed and going to a different room or even getting a little fresh air. I’ve also found sleep aids on YouTube under “ sleep hypnosis” they have great videos and I’m usually asleep within 30mins and get at least 5 hours if I’m having a really bad night. Really hope this helps