2 Things You Should NEVER Do When You Wake Up And Can't Go Back To Sleep!

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Do you often wake up at night and can’t go back to sleep again? If so, here are a few tips from a sleep specialist and author of The Power of When…, Dr. Michael Breus. Keep these in mind and have much more peaceful nights!

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Sleep should be the easiest and most peaceful thing to do. But it is NOT. And when you think about it, that really doesn’t make any sense.

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If you have noisy neighbors that ruin your sleep at 5 in the morning, join the club. Yes, we know you can never go back to sleep once you’re woken up.

Sleep specialist, Dr. Michael Breus, has come up with an easy two-step solution.

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First of all, according to Dr. Breus, you shouldn’t go to the bathroom – unless you REALLY HAVE TO GO. Breus says that you raise your heart rate merely by sitting up, and for you to get back to a state of sleep you need to keep that ticker ticking slowly. Getting out of bed to go to the bathroom (or for a cheeky midnight snack) will only raise your heart rate, making it more of a task to for you to get back to sleep.

Another thing to avoid is looking at anything to do with time – that means our alarm clocks, watches and – possibly the most difficult of all – our phones.

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Breus says that people have an illogical fear of not getting enough sleep, although it may not be the best thing – especially if it’s a regular occurrence – it’s not the worst thing in the world.

One of the things we tend to do as humans when we unexpectedly wake up is check the time. Breus says we should avoid this at all costs as it makes us ‘agitated’ and ‘anxious.’

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By doing the ‘mental math’ in our heads to calculate how many hours of sleep we still have, it makes it practically impossible for us to KO again. He suggests that we should just all relax if we clear our mind and just forget about the constraints of time getting back to sleep will be so much easier.

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