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I Wake Up Around 3AM Almost Every Night According to Sleep Cycle App (Help??)

I have been using the iPhone sleep cycle app for awhile and on most nights it tells me that I am awake around 3am. I don't remember waking up and for anyone who uses the app, basically it'll tell me I am in Asleep or Deep Sleep before and it'll just spike to Awake and then quickly go back to Deep Sleep.

Is this supposed to happen or is there something I can do so that I stay in deep sleep throughout the night?

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I hope you aren't serious, but if you are. you should not take the opinion of an iphone app so seriously that you need to ask rfd about it. you should also not be asking rfd for medical advice. very strange
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Many individuals do not get enough quality sleep. I say quality, because quantity is not always a good predictor to justify if you are getting the benefit of sleep. Some people sleep six hours a night and feel great while others may feel the need to sleep ten hours only to wake up tired. What is normal? Basically it comes down to this: You should fall asleep in a relative short period of time (such as less than 15 minutes). You should not wake up, even to go to the bathroom once. It doesn’t matter how much water you had to drink. (I hear this one all the time: “I drink a lot before I go to bed so I have to get up and pee at 3am every night.” Very rarely are these related.) You should not be tossing and turning thru the night. You should wake up rested and feeling good, (that also means pain free). Now – here’s the disclaimer on what is normal to wake up to: Barking dogs, the pet(s) on your bed, your significant other snoring (not normal for them though), or possibly crushing you in a small bed, that street light shining in your eye, your neighbor shooting off fireworks at 2am, your kids waking you up, hurricanes and other forces of nature, and any act of war….well, you get the point.

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Sazafraz wrote:
Jun 11th, 2012 9:31 am
I have been using the iPhone sleep cycle app for awhile and on most nights it tells me that I am awake around 3am. I don't remember waking up and for anyone who uses the app, basically it'll tell me I am in Asleep or Deep Sleep before and it'll just spike to Awake and then quickly go back to Deep Sleep.

Is this supposed to happen or is there something I can do so that I stay in deep sleep throughout the night?

Thanks


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yao416 wrote:
Jun 11th, 2012 9:51 am
Many individuals do not get enough quality sleep. I say quality, because quantity is not always a good predictor to justify if you are getting the benefit of sleep. Some people sleep six hours a night and feel great while others may feel the need to sleep ten hours only to wake up tired. What is normal? Basically it comes down to this: You should fall asleep in a relative short period of time (such as less than 15 minutes). You should not wake up, even to go to the bathroom once. It doesn’t matter how much water you had to drink. (I hear this one all the time: “I drink a lot before I go to bed so I have to get up and pee at 3am every night.” Very rarely are these related.) You should not be tossing and turning thru the night. You should wake up rested and feeling good, (that also means pain free). Now – here’s the disclaimer on what is normal to wake up to: Barking dogs, the pet(s) on your bed, your significant other snoring (not normal for them though), or possibly crushing you in a small bed, that street light shining in your eye, your neighbor shooting off fireworks at 2am, your kids waking you up, hurricanes and other forces of nature, and any act of war….well, you get the point.

Hope you get better
You forgot to add the reference to above text. It's okay, here it is : http://www.drgangemi.com/articles/power_sleep/
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Loomy wrote:
Jun 11th, 2012 9:46 am
I hope you aren't serious, but if you are. you should not take the opinion of an iphone app so seriously that you need to ask rfd about it. you should also not be asking rfd for medical advice. very strange
Yes I am serious about the thread topic but I don't know why you see this as such a serious problem that I can't ask about it online. Apparently the sleep app is quite accurate.
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Many individuals do not get enough quality sleep. I say quality, because quantity is not always a good predictor to justify if you are getting the benefit of sleep. Some people sleep six hours a night and feel great while others may feel the need to sleep ten hours only to wake up tired. What is normal? Basically it comes down to this: You should fall asleep in a relative short period of time (such as less than 15 minutes). You should not wake up, even to go to the bathroom once. It doesn’t matter how much water you had to drink. (I hear this one all the time: “I drink a lot before I go to bed so I have to get up and pee at 3am every night.” Very rarely are these related.) You should not be tossing and turning thru the night. You should wake up rested and feeling good, (that also means pain free). Now – here’s the disclaimer on what is normal to wake up to: Barking dogs, the pet(s) on your bed, your significant other snoring (not normal for them though), or possibly crushing you in a small bed, that street light shining in your eye, your neighbor shooting off fireworks at 2am, your kids waking you up, hurricanes and other forces of nature, and any act of war….well, you get the point.

Hope you get better
I don't even remember waking up though. It's literally a quick spike that occurs around that time and I don't think it's long enough for me to actually consciously remember myself waking up.
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(Not that any of us are doctors) But it would be helpful you if mentioned when you go to bed, when you normally get up, how long you usually sleep, do you drink or smoke (anything) just before bed, that sort of thing.
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maybe you have the same problem as me. I can't sleep when its too HUMID. I also can't sleep with my condo A/C
running, because it makes a loud THUMP noise when it turns on or off. The problem is lately its been so
humid and unbearable without A/C :(

last night I tried blasting the A/C for 2 hours before I went to sleep and then i turned it off.
the problem is i still only got like 3 hours sleep because by 3:30am the condo had heated up again!
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If it's the same one I have used in the passed, that's based on movement in the bed. Could be that 3am is your time to do a major turnover in your sleep.
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saint2e wrote:
Jun 11th, 2012 10:35 am
If it's the same one I have used in the passed, that's based on movement in the bed. Could be that 3am is your time to do a major turnover in your sleep.

+1

Also OP, are you getting any mobile alerts pushed to your phone at 3am that cause a vibration? My daily credit card balance email always gets sent to my phone around 5am for some reason, despite me checking off the 5pm option...
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Your description reminded me of this article on the BBC:
The Myth of the eight-hour sleep
In 2001, historian Roger Ekirch of Virginia Tech published a seminal paper, drawn from 16 years of research, revealing a wealth of historical evidence that humans used to sleep in two distinct chunks.
It took some time for their sleep to regulate but by the fourth week the subjects had settled into a very distinct sleeping pattern. They slept first for four hours, then woke for one or two hours before falling into a second four-hour sleep.
And these hours weren't entirely solitary - people often chatted to bed-fellows or had sex.

A doctor's manual from 16th Century France even advised couples that the best time to conceive was not at the end of a long day's labour but "after the first sleep", when "they have more enjoyment" and "do it better".
;)

I found the article quite interesting, as I frequently wake around 3 a.m. as well. It could be that you're worried about nothing.
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Sazafraz wrote:
Jun 11th, 2012 9:31 am
I have been using the iPhone sleep cycle app for awhile and on most nights it tells me that I am awake around 3am.

As mentioned by previous posters, you should never rely on an iphone app for self-diagnosis. Without sounding alarmist, but sleep is a pretty big deal and the lack of quality sleep can lead to a number of health issues and complications.

If you really feel you are having sleep issues you should speak to your gp who will refer you to a specialist. An overnight sleep study is the only way to properly diagnosis your symptoms.
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Jun 11th, 2012 9:55 am
You forgot to add the reference to above text. It's okay, here it is : http://www.drgangemi.com/articles/power_sleep/

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Jun 11th, 2012 10:35 am
maybe you have the same problem as me. I can't sleep when its too HUMID. I also can't sleep with my condo A/C
running, because it makes a loud THUMP noise when it turns on or off. The problem is lately its been so
humid and unbearable without A/C :(

last night I tried blasting the A/C for 2 hours before I went to sleep and then i turned it off.
the problem is i still only got like 3 hours sleep because by 3:30am the condo had heated up again!

ear plugs?

Can't you just keep it running @ the lowest fan speed?
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Sazafraz wrote:
Jun 11th, 2012 9:31 am
I have been using the iPhone sleep cycle app for awhile and on most nights it tells me that I am awake around 3am. I don't remember waking up and for anyone who uses the app, basically it'll tell me I am in Asleep or Deep Sleep before and it'll just spike to Awake and then quickly go back to Deep Sleep.

Is this supposed to happen or is there something I can do so that I stay in deep sleep throughout the night?

Thanks

Do you have problem when you are awake? Sleepy in day time? Can't think properly? Headache? Easy to get tired? If you have none, does it really matter what the iPhone apps tells you? As other said, get a sleep study if you really want to know.
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EPcjay wrote:
Jun 11th, 2012 11:16 am
ear plugs?

Can't you just keep it running @ the lowest fan speed?

regardless of whether fan speed is set to LOW, MED, HIGH, the "thump" noise it makes is always the same!
i hate it! i'm getting a floor-standing fan today... lol
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