Waking At 3:00 am Every Night

By Avera Latest Activity August 26, 2009 at 10:53 pm Views 21,509 Replies 29 Likes 10


I saw this question onanother site and thought I would ask it here.

"Does anyone else wake up in the middle of the night EVERY night? I get up at 3AM give or take 15 minutes every single night. I then have to get up to get water to fall back asleep. It's really annoying. Is there anything I can do in my daily habits to stop this?"

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  • Bob1955
    Bob1955 June 29 at 4:36 pm   

    This happens to me also. I wake up at 3:00 every night like clockwork. I can't get back to sleep at all. I have to get up in 3 hours for work. As a result, I get very little sleep and it's affecting my life tremendously.

  • chilton07
    chilton07 March 13, 2013 at 6:00 pm   

    That happens to me a lot, I believe it has to do with medications but I'm sure there are other factors. It's super annoying especially when you can't go back to bed for like an hr!! Talk to your dr and see if he/she can prescribe you a sleep aid.

  • Black Feather
    Black Feather February 8, 2013 at 6:44 am   

    I thought I must be the only one.. Nice post! I wake up always between 2-3am.. The worst part is I have let my cat get into a bad routine and he likes to rub my hair harder and harder until I wake up at 5-5:30am..so I get up twice. He is often disturbed by me waking up earlier and is restless until I let him out. Does anyone have a pet that interfere with their sleep.

  • roseville sandi
    roseville sandi December 26, 2012 at 2:41 pm   

    Same problem most of the time but once I get up that's it, can't fall back asleep usually. It's probably your blood sugar levels that's the usual thing that might happen. Depending what you eat before bed especially anything real sugary that's the problem. Also make your last snack before bed 3 hours beforehand. It really does help.

  • shakysleepy
    shakysleepy July 9, 2012 at 1:05 pm   

    I almost always wake up around 3am also. I will use the bathroom, smoke a cigarette and go back to sleep in about 15min and I go to bed about 10 every night.

  • shakysleepy
    shakysleepy July 9, 2012 at 1:04 pm   

    I almost always wake up around 3am also. I will use the bathroom, smoke a cigarette and go back to sleep in about 15min and I go to bed about 10 every night.

  • middle
    middle March 16, 2012 at 8:48 am   

    I wake up around 3 am but go potty and then don't drink anyting with caffeiene in it and then go right back to bed. We get into a habit of what we do and we need to change those habits. I have tried it and it works well for me. I can go back to sleep although it may take a bit of time. I try to clear my mind of my thoughts (not always easy to do). I make sure I don't drink anything caffienated after 6 pm. I don't eat after my dinner especially anything with sugar in it. I drink water, and have vegatables for a snack. I am used to getting up early from when I worked. Carol

  • cataylor
    cataylor March 16, 2012 at 2:27 am   

    Ok, this time I'll finish what I was saying… I could sleep all say everyday but whenever I do sleep it is in 3 hour blocks, then I wake and sometimes use bathroom or get drink then go back to sleep. Could keep doing this forever, never feel like I have had enough sleep and never take more than 5 mins to go back to sleep, on average take 2 mins. So when it is the 'normal' time to get up and as i need to get kids to school etc, I have to get myself upright within 2 mins or I am asleep again.

  • cataylor
    cataylor March 16, 2012 at 2:22 am   

    Yup same here. I could sleep all day everyday but always

  • kristinmv
    kristinmv January 25, 2012 at 8:33 pm   

    I smiled when i saw the head title. I thought: "thank god it's not only me"!

    My doctor says that if you have a lot to do on a day, that make you push those power naps away from the day, then at the evening you're so tired that it is more likely you would have a good night sleep without waking up.

    But if this doesn't I would concider starting on xyrem. This makes you sleep through the night :) it also work on the cataplexy!

  • AuntieBear
    AuntieBear November 14, 2011 at 1:41 am   

    My problem is I can't fall asleep until at least 2 am no matter what. Then I am able to sleep maybe an hour tops then I am up and then down and then up. I hardly ever get more than 90 minutes of continuous sleep. I hate it.

  • stay-strong
    stay-strong November 13, 2011 at 6:27 pm   

    No matter when I sleep, I always wake up at 3-4 AM in the morning, then it takes like 15 minutes to fall asleep. I'm trying to find something to stop this and I can't figure it out. I will ask my counsellors and doctors about it and I will let you know what they said. :)
    Stay strong! <3

  • saber32
    saber32 October 14, 2011 at 2:44 pm   

    it does not matter what time i go to bed I still wake up at 1:00 to 4:00 some time even 5 too i tryed going to bed latter like 10pm or 11p still at 1 and 3 i just get up and watch som tv then i fall back to sleep again

  • edvel54
    edvel54 May 2, 2011 at 1:06 pm   

    It doesn't matter what time I go to bed, I am at at 2 am and again at 4 am. I use the restroom and get a drink and maybe go back to sleep

  • gatp
    gatp February 8, 2011 at 11:37 am   

    I do not think time of going to bed makes a difference in my case. I go to bed anytime between 9:00 to 1:00. I always wake at the same time each night. What I think is that it may be some throwback to a time when the tribe had to have one member awake half the night to be safe. So, around 3:00 a.m. was a good time to change the watch and also to wake and listen briefly to see if everything was alright.

  • gatp
    gatp February 8, 2011 at 11:22 am   

    Yes, I wake at 2:30 every night of my life. I lay there a few minutes, then I have to go to the bathroom, then I discover I am thirsty. It' a darn ritual.

  • mrsdnls
    mrsdnls October 18, 2010 at 7:47 pm   

    yes me to i get first time to get a glass of tea or lemonade i get up the second time get a sweet snack and again to the restroom by the time i do get rested its time to get up for work and i am tiried the rest of the day please some one what cause this

  • maxxkatt
    maxxkatt October 18, 2010 at 6:07 pm   

    This happens to me too. It is very frustrating. Why does happen ?

  • beedee
    beedee October 18, 2010 at 10:10 am   

    This happens to me also. I keep a bottle of water next to my bed so that I don't have to go far and wake myself up even more.

  • tSquare
    tSquare October 18, 2010 at 1:12 am   

    It would also be interesting if you knew what your sleep cycles were like. I asked, when taking my MSLT, to see the scan reading they had done the previous night. Very interesting. I always thought that after roughly 6 hrs of sleep I would FINALLY have gotten some restorative sleep and after that I ran on about a 90 minute cycles. Ditto to be ecactly what my scan read. I would bounce around in the upper stages of sleep (along with REM w/ the hypnogogic holucinations) for a few hours and then finally in the last two hours of the 6 drop into the deep physical restorative stages of sleep and then zoom up to a normal REM sleep before starting normal 90 minute sleep cycles. For those of you who don't know the 'normal' sleep cycles of the every day person is 90 to 120 minutes to go through the whole cycle before they start it again, less stage 1 of sleep, etc. Quite often I don't just start the next cycle without popping awake between them. When that happens I just roll over, bladder be danged, and go to sleep again.

    Analogy being, that you may be getting your first 'full' cycle of sleep and ending it at the 3 am time frame. Based on when you go to bed be it 90 minutes to whenever, like me you may bounce all the way out of sleep when you do that frist cycle and because your bladder says - hum I'm a bit full you've started the get up and do something instead of rolling over and going back to sleep. The CPAP can also make you feel dry if the humidity on it isn't enough. In other words you may indeed be waking up, but reinforcing the habbit with getting up for drinkies, nature calls or what not. I used to too, until I learned it made it worse and more disruptive to do that.

    Humm? Any thoughts on this yea or nea?

  • rickbsrusa
    rickbsrusa February 26, 2011 at 8:03 pm   

    I go to bed as early as 6:00pm that’s 8 hours sleep if I can stay a sleep. 3:00 am is the time I get up, I exercise have breakfast, and chat with a friend or two, then leave at 5:00 to 5:30 am, KI start at 6:00 am and get off at 2:30pm cst. I have a very hard time falling a sleep, exercize really helps, but I don't stay a sleep, I'm awake every 3=2 to 3 hours.

  • DaynaRoss
    DaynaRoss October 18, 2010 at 12:48 am   

    Hi, this is my first time writing on this. I wake up sometime 2-3 times a night, it depends on how tired I am. I will stay up late, just so that I can sleep through the night and not wake up 2 - 3 times. I have sleep apnea, but what is also happening is that I'm really tired when I'm driving home from work and feel that sense of falling asleep while I am driving. I try to keep the cool air going and blast the radio so I don't fall asleep, but it is really scary. I have never experienced this before. By late, I go to bed at 11:30 to 12 at night and my alarm goes off at 6AM.

  • Tracy
    Tracy January 2, 2010 at 5:11 pm   

    Interesting that you each report waking up almost like clockwork, between 3-4am. It would be really interesting to know what time you all go to bed!

    I am wondering if going to bed an hour or two LATER would mean you slept through until 6 or so? Have any of you tried that?

    Also wondering if you are easily able to go back to sleep after waking at 3-4 or do you just stay up for the day? If that's the case, chances are you are not getting enough ZZZZ's.

    Here's what I am thinking…

    A friend of mine has narcolepsy and takes a medication called Xyrem. It allows her to fall asleep quickly and for about 3-4 hours. She must then wake and take a 2nd dose to get the last 3-4 hours of continuous sleep. So what she does is decide what time she needs or wants to get up in the morning, then she counts backwards and takes her first med dose to accomodate that wake up time.

    Avera, I know that you have narcolepsy and fragmented sleep is common with that sleep disorder, do the rest of you also have narcolepsy?


  • kaiya2465
    kaiya2465 October 12, 2011 at 7:30 am   

    I moved my bedtime to 10pm & still wake about the same time every night…very irritating. Automatically wake at 5am for the day. Wake times are approx. 2:10 am. 4:17 am. (sigh)

  • maxxkatt
    maxxkatt October 18, 2010 at 6:11 pm   

    i don't just sleep apena. But I wake up about 4am. Every night. I can't turn on he TV or eat. Because then I am to wide awake

  • Carole S
    Carole S September 9, 2009 at 5:04 am   

    You can count on me behind up and about around 3am daily…then awake for a number of hours and then sneaking in an hour power nap before I get my day going…it's so annoying, wish it would stop…I want to start walking early in the morning but not at 3 but by 6 I'm beat…ugh…I am so frustrated!

  • Turtle
    Turtle August 27, 2009 at 4:34 am   

    yep, me too. every night…in fact here I am again. I make sure I get a cold drink, check my glucose, and go potty all in one interruption. Plus I get on the computer for a bit…then I am back to bed…for awhile.

  • dj7110
    dj7110 August 27, 2009 at 3:02 am   

    yep.. just like clock work. matter of fact it's 4am here right now n I'm up more than likely for the day today.

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