If you’re like me, you may frequently wake up an hour or two before you
intend to rise and then stare at the clock in frustration. “Why am I waking up so early?” You fume and toss about fruitlessly, often giving up and getting out of bed early to start your day, rationalizing that you’ll get a lot more done before anyone else is up.
But the irritation remains. You wish you knew how to go back to sleep, but you haven’t found the key. Sometimes you may wake up startled – as if you suddenly realized you’re late for work or you heard a sudden crash. Your mind is on full alert for no apparent reason. Or sometimes you have the faintest touch of a headache or feel a full-blown pounder coming on.