For the last year or so, my body has gotten into this strange habit of waking itself up for no damn reason at around 4am-5am in the morning. In an attempt to track this and see if there’s any reason/cause/whatever, I’ve started trying to remember to take screenshots of my phone this week when I wake up. It’s pretty simple – I wake up, roll over, find my phone in the blankets, and do a screengrab of the home screen to snag the time (ignore the random notifications):
From this week, we’ve got 5:05AM, 5:43AM, 5:03AM, and 4:02AM. I am trying to also figure out if it’s somehow related to when I fall asleep but I haven’t been able to find any rationality there (why do I expect my body to be rational?).
Here are other variables I’ve looked into:
- Nightmares (nope – I have had this happen during AMAZING dreams)
- Noises in the neighborhood like a sprinkler starting at this time or a neighbor going to work (moved and nope – still happens)
- Bedtime routine
- Pillow being used
- Temperature – am I waking up because I’m too cold or hot?
I’m honestly slightly fed up at this point with myself. Why can’t I sleep through the night? This even seems to happen across timezones as soon as I adjust to that timezone. It’s quite strange.
I’ve decided I think it’s anxiety of some sort. The cause? How to resolve it? TBD. Until then, I’m trying to figure out if I should just embrace it and get up at 4-5am or keep snuggling back in bed to sleep away a few more hours 🙂