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.
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.