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Why am I anxious at night before bed?

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Why am I anxious at night before bed?
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December 18th, 2015 1:24am
Lots of people with sleeping disorders are anxious before bed. You are not alone. Try talking to a doctor. That may help.
December 19th, 2015 7:56am
There could be a Number of reasons why you are anxious before bed. You could of had a long day and when you get into bed you just want to relax and all your worries come back from that day. It could also be to do with diet Like drinking caffeine in the evenings.
December 19th, 2015 11:52am
Because you feel scared about the things may happen tomorrow and you are wondering the things that you gonna live tomorrow.
December 20th, 2015 2:06am
Because your brain has become restless, its been used to the days fast paced attitude and constantly having to think about different things. Now you've laid down to rest there is nothing at current your brain has to think about so it looks into the future or the past to find things for you to think about they can be nice or things that make you anxious, sad or angry. The trick is to distract your brain from thinking and allow you to sleep, I'd try calming music or sounds of nature like rain or bird song.
December 20th, 2015 4:54pm
Usually at night our bodies are weaker, so that's why we're more prone to anxiety at night. So right before bed, your body and mind are tired and needing rest, so they can't fight anxiety as much.
December 23rd, 2015 9:11am
I'm anxious at night because of the things that could happen the next day, I'm scared I will fail and dissapoint people
December 23rd, 2015 9:53pm
I know I get anxious before bed because I don't have anything else to think about but my worries. I usually try listening to music, playing a game, or reading when I get anxious and can't sleep so my brain gets distracted.
December 24th, 2015 12:04am
The reason you are anxious before bed may lead back to past nightmares or experiences that relate to going to bed. It may help to retrace your life steps and find the exact root of this anxiety so you can go about resolving the issue.
December 24th, 2015 4:23am
You may be anxious because your mind is focused on the upcoming day.
December 24th, 2015 5:24am
If you have had nightmares in the past, it would make it very anxiety-provoking to have to fall asleep and realize that you are setting yourself up to have a bad dream. Or, in a different scenario, you get anxious about your thoughts. Almost everyone thinks and thinks about the past events and future plannings right before they fall asleep. This might be making you anxious! Either way; meditating or positive self talk before bed might help calm your mind and center your focus on sleep.
December 24th, 2015 1:14pm
I feel anxiety can creep up on you and especially when you're relaxed and ready to sleep, it's like anxiety is like !!!!HELLOOOOO IM HERE YOU THOUGHT YOU WAS GONNA SLEEP BUT NOO IM HERE!!!! the best thing to do is straight up kill that anxiety voice and think of happy memories and maybe try reading or doing something that will distract you and make you tired.
December 25th, 2015 3:07am
Many people are anxious before they go to bed because they are unsure of what tomorrow will bring.
December 25th, 2015 10:39am
Because you have more time for overthinking that you have through day when there are some stuff you need to do. You can try to read a book before bed, it may helps you.
December 25th, 2015 1:02pm
Because maybe you feel like you wasted the whole day or even worse, the past years. Some of us feel anxious about the thought of tomorrow so in the end it's all about over thinking at night and regret and doubts all together which is really bad and sad.
December 26th, 2015 2:53am
I am unsure about myself, the decisions I make and what my future might hold. These moments or feelings keep getting replayed over and over.
December 26th, 2015 10:51am
Often times the anxiety can be triggered through trauma in life, something could of happened to you that caused such trauma at night. It is not necessarily the bed that is causing the distress, but the thought of night.
December 26th, 2015 10:56am
may be you have gone through something before some days and this is making you feel bad.. Or the upcoming day's thoughts are making you restless whatever it may be it is just a thought. Learning to Meditate and letting go will help
December 26th, 2015 11:37am
If you have a fear of the dark than this is the source of the problem, I really don't know anything about it but I experienced this because of my fear of the dark
December 27th, 2015 6:14pm
Sometimes, if we have had a stressful or just an overly long day, people can feel anxious as they are getting ready for bed. Our thoughts are harder to turn off, especially if we have another eventful day coming up. In order to help rid yourself of some of the anxiety, meditation techniques can be used to help quiet our minds before bed so that we will be able to have a decent amount of sleep.
December 27th, 2015 6:40pm
That happens.At bed time mostly the light is dim or out and there's a silence and calm environment. so the thoughts that make us worry crawl up and eats the brain. And on top there is the tiredness of the whole day's work load and everything. The best thing to do that time is either u sleep calm or talk to someone or chat for some time or read some th small from one's religious book or one can do nothing but close the eyes and keep lying down. Try those and be happy.
December 30th, 2015 1:23am
It is a common experience to have anxiety before bed. Often times, this is when we are breaking away from distractions and have time to think. We can start to ruminate about what will happen and worry about things since we finally have some time to ourselves. It can be a very frustrating experience since after all we're just trying to get some sleep! So it can be beneficial to set some time aside to process these anxieties and give them space, and to talk about them with a good listener and use some coping skills, in order to have more space to relax.
December 30th, 2015 6:19am
You are at the end of your day and nothing is keeping you busy, so your empty head fills with worries and makes you anxious.
December 30th, 2015 12:11pm
If you're feeling anxious at night before you go to bed there might be something on your mind bothering you. Try doing things to take your mind off the feeling before you sleep.
December 30th, 2015 1:14pm
because this is when you sit and you start thinking about what's bothering you and what's on your mind
December 30th, 2015 2:10pm
Because you are not well prepared for next day or maybe someone you know you will meet makes you anxious
December 30th, 2015 6:37pm
I am not exactly sure why you are anxious but too help with it try drinking warm milk before you go to sleep or sleeping with a light on.
December 30th, 2015 10:26pm
When we put our head on our pillows, our minds become idle and start to think about EVERYTHING. And anxiety loves to think about the worst possible things. It sucks, I know. That is how the anxiety becomes worse. I like to do the following to help: Get out of bed and walk around for a bit and drink some water. Remember to take deep breaths. Imagine a giant STOP sign in your head. Scream it in your mind too if it helps. You are telling the anxiety to stop. With the STOP sign in your mind, think of a positive affirmation you can say to yourself. :)
December 31st, 2015 2:53am
At the end of the day our bodies are less focused on being active and going from one responsibility to the next. With all of those activities now on hold, it clears out mental space for all of those background thoughts to come rushing in after being held at bay throughout the day. The mind is now free to focus on all of the things it had to give second place to during the previous hours. And, unfortunately, sometimes this can lead to increased anxiety right when we're ready to sleep. Perhaps keeping a notebook next to the bed so you can jot down what is making you anxious may help? Knowing you can address those points once you've had a good nights rest may help your body let go of that tension for the evening.
December 31st, 2015 9:10am
The way I see it, every day is just a challenge. Life is a game, and you have to strive to win it. So each day, you go through so many trials, and sometimes those trials are just too difficult to get through. The create weight on your shoulders, and the make you feel hopeless. I think that writing these things down, all of those negative thoughts, those problems you couldn't solve, just before you go to bed, it really helps you.
December 31st, 2015 9:48am
I know a lot of the time, I get anxious before bed. you just have to find out how to wins yourself down. listen to some music or maybe read a book. counting down from 100 helps me. just do something that helps you relax