Sleep is one of our most desired activities and also, for some of us, one of the most elusive. According to the CDC, 35% of adult Americans report less than ideal sleep patterns. Some of the main issues that arise from consistent interrupted or poor sleep are heart attacks, coronary heart disease, strokes, asthma, cancers, depression, chronic kidney disease, and diabetes to name a few.
Overall, according to the journal, Sleep, poor sleep hygiene can increase all-cause mortality and plays a starring role in chronic inflammation of the body.
We all have heard how vital good sleep habits are for our health and longevity, and many of us practice these today. We sleep in dark rooms, we stay away from blue light at night, we go out in the sun during the day, we eat plenty of fat, and we move our bodies, but we still find that we are continually waking up in the middle of the night.
Some of us think that we just have to resign ourselves to poor sleep as we age. Poor sleep is something that appears normal, but it is not ideal and certainly not inevitable. We have control, and creating healthy lifestyles and habits contributes to better sleep outcomes overall no matter our chronological age.
Waking up once in the night is completely normal, but if you wake up two or more times during the night, this can interrupt your deep sleep pattern and cause health imbalances. Ideally, we should be sleeping through the night.
One of the major reasons we may find ourselves consistently waking up at night is that we are experiencing something called Nocturnal Hypoglycemia. Nocturnal Hypoglycemia is when we experience low blood sugar while we are sleeping. We may not even be aware this is happening, but this regularly occurs in people with Type I & II Diabetes, metabolically inflexible individuals, some people who exercise late in the evening, and some of us who choose to skip dinner.
Reasons Our Sleep May Be Interrupted
This can be an issue for some, so let’s explore Nocturnal Hypoglycemia and other reasons our sleep may be interrupted: