Here’s Why You Should Never Get Up To Pee In The Middle Of The Night
10 months ago
If you drink too much water before bed, there’s a good chance you’ll wake up in the night because of a full bladder clamoring to be emptied.
There’s not much you can do about it, other than drinking less water before bed. When you gotta go, you gotta go!
Lots of medical conditions also make peeing in the night a necessity. People who are diabetic, pregnant, or have a bladder or prostate condition should never ignore the urge to go.
However, if you wake up for some other reason and happen to notice a slight urge to go, just hold it.
It’s common to think that relieving yourself will put you back to sleep, but that’s not how it usually works out.
Getting out of bed, switching on the light, washing your hands — these actions all send signals of morning-time wakefulness to your brain, which make it harder to drop off again.
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So, if you do find yourself wide awake in the middle of the night, what should you do to drift off again?
First of all, try not to get up or even shift around. Stay right where you are and consciously relax all of your muscles so you feel like you’re melting right into the mattress.
Then, take deep, slow breaths while letting your mind wander aimlessly.
If you find yourself starting to stress or fixate on one topic, deliberately think of something soothing and let your brain play “word association” with that topic until conscious thoughts start to turn into dreams.
Before long, you’ll be fast asleep once more!
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