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How To Get Back To Sleep If You Wake Up In The Middle of The Night

Sleepless woman suffering from insomnia, sleep apnea or stress. Tired and exhausted lady. Headache or migraine. Awake in the middle of the night. Frustrated person with problem. Alarm clock.

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There's nothing worse than waking up in the middle of the night, and then laying there thinking about how this has ruined your night. You wonder, "will I ever get to sleep?". Or you start counting how much sleep you'll get it if you fell asleep right away.

Insomnia, sleep apnea or stress concept. Sleepless woman awake and covering face in the middle of the night. Lady can't sleep. Nightmares or depression. Suffering from headache.

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But there is a way to not let that 3am wakeup be the end of your horrible night's sleep. Holistic Psychiatrist & Best-Selling Author Ellen Vora, M.D. has a way to stop this negative thought cycle that keeps you awake.

She told the website mindbodygreen what works for her,

Inevitably, I have a wake-up around 2 a.m. I now realize this is something called “middle sleep,” which is a normal, physiologic wake-up between two symmetric blocks of sleep. I used to stress about it, thinking, oh no, I’m awake in the middle of the night, this is going to be a bad night of sleep, tomorrow is going to be a bad day. And it turns out, that narrative I was telling myself, by stirring up my stress response, became a self-fulfilling prophecy. Now, instead, I reassure myself that this is just middle sleep. I use the bathroom, have a sip of water, and then rest with my eyes closed, trusting that I’ll fall back asleep momentarily. And I do.


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