It’s 2 a.m. and you’re wide awake. Again. What’s the deal?
Waking up in the middle of the night is completely normal and part of our human DNA, says Jose Colon, M.D., founder of Paradise Sleep and author of The Sleep Diet.
“Nobody sleeps through the night,” Dr. Colon says.
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In fact, he says even 4 to 6 nocturnal awakenings are considered normal.
“This goes back to our caveman days where one would wake up, scan the environment, make sure there are no tigers, and then go back to sleep,” he says.
That last part is key: You should be able to go back to sleep. If you can’t, one of these four sleep stealers may be standing between you and a good night’s rest.