Have you ever woken up from your sleep, still feeling restless? Not getting enough sleep can leave many of us feeling drained first thing in the morning. Sometimes that morning cup of coffee, energy drink, or tea is not enough to give your body the energy it truly desires from getting rest. If you can not sleep through the night could be a sign of an underlying health issue.

Here are a few of the most common causes of nighttime waking and helpful advice to guide you.

Anxiety or Depression

Being unaware or in denial of mental health issues such as anxiety or depression can cause restlessness, which is the inability to fall or stay asleep at night. There are some cases that symptoms can worsen and become severe.  Some severe symptoms that can take effect are panic attacks, nightmares, or feelings of uneasiness.

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), anxiety disorders are the most common mental disorder, affecting about 40 million adults in the U.S.

Symptoms: Occasional anxiety is normal. Those with an anxiety disorder are “three to five times more likely to go to the doctor and six times more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders” than those who don’t suffer from the disorder, the ADAA says. Also, sufferers may feel constant irrational worry and fear. Anxiety can have drastic interference with day-to-day life.

Problem Resolved: If you may believe that either anxiety or depression can be causing you to lose sleep, you may need to seek professional help. Several forms of treatment may benefit you.  The forms of treatment include cognitive-behavior therapy, medication, relaxation techniques, or exercise.


Also is called nocturnal polyuria, nocturia is defined as frequent urination at night. For quite a few people, urine production slows down as you slumber. However, with this medical condition, the urge to go never ends. The urge to urinate can prohibit you from getting that much needed 6 to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep.

Symptoms: Having an immediate urge to pee whenever you wake up at night regularly could mean nocturia.

Problem resolution: Leave the fluids alone before you call it a night — especially tea or coffee, which act as diuretics. Other underlying health problems can mimic nocturia include urinary tract infection, pregnancy, kidney woes, an enlarged prostate gland, or even diabetes. Keep in mind that treatment will vary based on what’s causing your symptoms.

Sleep Apnea

According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, sleep apnea is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. Every time this happens, you may be awakened from your sleep.

Symptoms: Sufferers may experience migraines, sore throat, dry mouth, and chest pain. Some may even have nightmares after the fact.

How to fix the problem: Once diagnosed, doctors may treat the condition by suggesting certain lifestyle changes, such as weight loss, or quitting smoking as well as the use of a breathing assistance device at night. The breathing assistance device is called a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine.

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