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Why do I keep waking up thinking about the day ahead?

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Last Updated: 02/05/2018 at 10:12am
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April 13th, 2015 9:23pm
When you sleep you often think about all your anxieties/fear, its normal and possibly a sign you're stressed
May 1st, 2015 3:08pm
Generally, waking up or falling asleep with the next day already in mind, especially is the next day is nothing special, can be signs of anxiety.
March 19th, 2015 6:21pm
You're wanting to prepare yourself for what may happen in the future! Everyone does it, and it's simply because as humans we're more interested in what may happen instead of what's actually happening.
June 9th, 2015 12:39pm
If it is an important day ahead then you are more than likely to be thinking about how it will turn out!
June 22nd, 2015 12:46pm
I can't tell you why you do these things, maybe you need to look back and think about when this started.
August 17th, 2015 8:18pm
Your excited to get day started and want to be positive or maybe your scared of the future tt can be hard to face
August 24th, 2015 12:08pm
Maybe you are trying to control too much of your life that you don't have control over. I would suggest meditating when this happens. Close your eyes and try to let go of any stress you may be having.
December 8th, 2015 11:35pm
Perhaps you are anxious about the day to come. Perhaps you are excited. Either way, making a clear plan for the next day before drifting off to sleep can help put your mind at ease. Try building your to do list the night before, so you mind can stop running through possible ways to spend the next day.
December 29th, 2015 12:05pm
We are eager to live by nature,as a result we tend to think about the day ahead sometimes,but positive thinking about the day ahead is better than just plainly thinking about he day ahead.
June 14th, 2016 2:57pm
I can understand. Your anxious. Keep calm and confident and plan your day ahead in advance. Follow the time table. Im sure youll feel better.
June 15th, 2016 1:14am
Well it could be anxiety or excitement. Excitment needs no real explaination, when we are looking forward to our next day it's hard to sleep. However if it's anxiety, then we are worried about what's going to happen. We feel unsafe, unsure and unsettled. The brain and body do not like to feel this way so it can cause you to wake up in order to "fix" the situation that is causing the fear and lack of safety, but in cases like this, there's nothing you can do at those times, but that's just how the brain works. To stop waking up, you need to address the worries and anxiety. which is a totally different question in it self.
August 22nd, 2016 9:08pm
You are probably nervous and scared. This would also be known as anxiety! Just calmly tell yourself that you have nothing to worry about and get as much sleep as you can! You need to take care of yourself!
October 17th, 2017 9:14pm
Generally that means we are looking forward to upcoming events of the day. It can be backed by excitement or curiosity OR it can be backed by anxiety and stress.. It is good to be an optimistic visionary or an efficient planner but not at the expense of present well-being
February 5th, 2018 10:12am
May be you are hyper active and excited about what you're gonna do the whole day. And that excitement wont let you sleep.