The exact same thing has been happening to me, although for me its because I'm on new meds which have messed up my sleep. But its very common for people with depression or who are stressed to wake up in the early hours of the morning. Try not to get too stressed about it, because that will only make it harder to sleep.
Have a nice hot relaxing bath before you go to bed and try to relax and not do anything stressful before bed. If you do wake up, try to go back to sleep right away, but if you have been tossing and turning for half an hour and can't sleep, don't stay in bed, get up, and make a cup of tea, some hot chocolate, a hot milky drink can really help. A snack can help too because hunger keeps you awake and by 3am, it's been many hours since you last ate. Stay up until you feel sleepy again, and then go back to bed.
I know it's horrible when you can't sleep, I had to do an exam on 4 hours sleep a couple of weeks ago, and it is very stressful, but try not to worry too much, just do your best. Periods of bad sleep happen to everyone, there's not a huge amount you can do, and getting anxious about it only makes the problem worse. It's helped me to accept it, then have naps in the middle of the day, that stops me getting too sleep-deprived. If its really bothering you, it might be worth going to the doctor, they might be able to give you some sleeping pills or something.
I'm in the middle of exams too, and finding it hard to sleep. As someone above said, going to bed at the same time will help, and getting into a rountine. Make sure that your room is not too hot or too cold, because apparently that can disrupt your sleeping. Other than that, try and not get too stressed out about exams - I know it's hard! Don't do any revision a couple of hours before you go to bed.
Good luck with the rest of your exams!. xo
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Tea is good before you go to sleep, just make sure it's caffiene free. I use chamomile or peppermint tea. If you're studying it also helps to not study in the same room.
I hope you get some sleep.. one of the best things during exam time.
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Oh i can totally relate to this. When i was going through my exams, exactly the same thing started happening to me also. Round abouts the same time too which is uberly strange.
I agree with everything people have said up there ^^^. It is usually stress related. The way i got round this problem, was try to relax as much as i could. Instead of doing my revison right ontop of the time i went to bed, i did it about 3 hours before hand. Then i would, have a bath and listen to music. I would read a book in bed, with a drink of tea. This helped me to sleep right through the nights most nights.
Maybe you could do something of this sort? Maybe do revision a little earlier, then have time to unwind yourself. Do somethings that you love doing. Be it reading or listening to music like me. having a hot drink just before you sleep.
I hope your sleep patterns start taking a turn for the good very soon, and good luck with your exams hey !
I agree with everything that the other's have already said, but I have been told that if you wake up and look at the time then your brain 'stores' that information and automatically wakes you at the same time the next evening/morning - and that that has happended to me. I suppose that worrying that you are going to wake up during the night may, subconsciously, be causing you to wake up as well.
Sorry that's not much use really but I thought I'd share it with you as it may help.
Good luck with the exams - I hope that they go well for you and that you are able to get through the night without waking up.