How to Stop Waking Up in the Middle of the Night, Once and for All

There’s almost nothing worse than those nights you just… keep… waking… up. For some, falling asleep is only half the battle. It’s staying asleep that hovers overhead like a dragon to slay. We count sheep, we block out any and all artificial light shining at us—maybe even have a glass of warm milk—but when we just can’t get any shut-eye and have an 8:30 a.m. wake-up call looming, desperation starts to kick in.

Because sleeping pills aren’t the answer and we’d rather find a more holistic and natural approach to making sure we don’t get woken up throughout the night, we turned to a sleep expert Wendy Troxel, Ph.D., to get her best tips for sleeping soundly all the way to the (annoying) sound of our alarm. Keep scrolling to read her top five strategies for snoozing through the night sans interruptions!

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This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.