What's Waking You Up at Night
Sleep Apnea and Snoring
Snoring can be a cause of waking up in the middle of the night. So can sleep apnea, a disorder that causes you to stop breathing for several seconds while you sleep.
"Many people don't realize that the reason they're waking at night is because they can't catch their breath," Marks says.
If you have sleep apnea, your bed partner may say that you jerk a lot at night or complain that you're a loud snorer.
"Morning headaches and excessive daytime drowsiness also indicate a problem," Marks says.
A sleep study, often done at a clinic, is a first step in getting diagnosed. If you have apnea, you may need to wear an airway pressure mask at night. Losing weight, curbing alcohol, and stopping smoking also help.
Ease Up on Electronics
Electronic devices can be a source of sleep problems.
A 2012 National Sleep Foundation poll found that 70% of us keep smartphones in our bedrooms, and 40% of us leave them on all night. Computers or tablets are in 40% of bedrooms.
Not surprisingly, about 1 in 5 people say that texts, emails, and phone calls wake them a few nights a week.
"These devices [have] lights and sounds that are disruptive to sleep," Marks says.
To get a better night's rest, keep your electronic devices out of your bedroom. Save the work and social media for another room in the house.