If you wake up every morning at 2am or 3am and just can't get back to sleep, you'll know just how disruptive this new sleep cycle can really be.
You're tired during the day, you're grumpy and you snack more to get your energy levels back up.
The reason your sleep cycle is thrown out could be low blood sugar.
Keep reading to find out how to tell if you unknowingly suffer from low blood sugar and how to reset your sleep cycle so you can get your much needed rest...
Signs you could suffer from chronic low blood sugar
If you experience these symptoms, you could unknowingly suffer from chronic low blood sugar
* Light-headedness or dizziness
* Brain fog when you miss a meal
* Lack of appetite or nausea in the morning
* The need for caffeine for energy
* Eating to relieve fatigue
* Energy crashes in the afternoon
Revealed: The secret to SEAMLESS, Heavenly sleep!
Why you wake up at 3am...
The brain is very active at night. It transforms short-term memories into long-term memories, and repairs and regenerates brain cells, while you sleep
To do this, it needs a steady supply of energy. So, the body gradually increases the release of cortisol, which stimulates the release of glucose into the blood, to compensate for the lenghty time you go without eating.
But, if you suffer from chronic low blood sugar, the body has difficulty making the right amount of cortisol at the right times of the day or night.
And, during the night, your blood sugar drops too low while your adrenal glands don’t produce enough cortisol for the brain to keep doing what it needs to do.
The result: your body sounds the emergency alarm and releases stress
hormones which raise your blood sugar back to safe levels. And, it's this process that wakes you at 3am and prevents you from falling asleep again.
Keep reading to find out how to prevent this from happening...
Tips to prevent waking up during the night and not being able to get back to sleep...
When you wake up during the night, and can't fall back to sleep again within a few minutes, eat a small amount of protein. A spoon of almond butter, a hard boiled egg or a piece of cheese will do it.
This will raise your blood sugar and sustain them for you to fall back to sleep again.
Avoid anything sweet or starchy because your blood sugar will spike too much, preventing you from falling asleep - until it's time to get up of course, when your blood sugar crashes again.
Other tips to follow during the day to keep your blood sugar steady include:
* Don't skip beakfast, despite your lack of appetite in the mornings.
* Eat small, healthy meals throughout the day to keep fuelling your body.
* Follow a low-carb diet - where you avoid sugars and all refined carbohydrates.