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Why do I wake up feeling sad sometimes?

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Last Updated: 11/03/2021 at 2:11am
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Top Rated Answers
April 28th, 2018 8:44am
Could be many reasons: 1) You're alone. no partners or living alone. 2) You've remembered or experienced something bad and keep thinking about it. 3) There is something out there that make you feel stressed, like financial issue or fear of failure. 4) You're focusing on the negative part of your life and not the positive one.
June 13th, 2018 1:17am
I find that sometimes feelings just are. We don't quite know the how or why they just are. And that is perfectly fine. Acknowledging what you are feeling is helpful in understanding them better, though!
July 15th, 2018 5:46am
Not getting enough sleep can be a result of your energy being low and your energy being low can be a result of feeling sad.
November 16th, 2019 1:46pm
You know there’s this kind of strange feeling that sometimes fill our heart the morning, and especially the morning. Like, you know there’s this whole big day that is waiting for you and sometimes this feeling without a reason will be around you this morning. Can we do something about it ? I guess not, or maybe we should trying to fill our heart with a lot of love, and maybe a lot of kindness with ourselves. There are ups and downs in life guys and so does our little heart! yes sometimes it really sucks especially WHEN this SADNESS is waiting for you the morning.
October 20th, 2020 1:41pm
Sometimes we wake up and reality hits quickly. We have good day’s and we have bad days. If you wake up and your sad maybe, you forgot that you had a test that Day, and it will make you sad. Everyone deserves to wake up and have a wonderful day. Even depression can cause us to wake up sad out of no were, and causes us to just feel down. Depression takes a toll on us and that’s a big effect on us waking up sad. Another reason is anxiety can cause that too. Mental health is a big cause of this all.
March 31st, 2017 12:17am
Perhaps you're depressed, maybe you have a gut feeling the day can end badly, or something happened before that, that made you upset.
June 21st, 2017 4:56pm
It's all about unprocessed feelings and emotions through the night ! Your brain analyzes information that may impact your emotional health and leave you waking up with a distant taste of that impact .
June 22nd, 2017 7:23pm
This maybe due to depression; if so, seek medical attention. But if you wake up on occasion and feel sad, think about all the good things in your life! Get out that day and enjoy a park or go shopping if you can afford to do so, visit a friend or volunteer.
June 23rd, 2017 5:24pm
I believe we sometimes wake up feeling down because we immediately begin to think of the upcoming day in a negative light. We may see "I need to go to school" or "I need to go to work", and feel immediately exhausted. But taking things in short bursts of time may be helpful. See what you can do for yourself in a short time, such as 20 minutes, and this will help to get out of bed and fight through the initial sadness.
July 15th, 2017 8:37pm
Emotions don't have a time table that they follow. You can feel any emotion at any time for any reason.
July 18th, 2017 9:08pm
It depends on your sleep cycles and dreams. Even though you may not remember a dream that made you sad, your brain still feels the emotion. A lack of sleep could also be the cause.
August 10th, 2017 3:59pm
Because your probably depressed , surrounded your self by caring people and go to a doctor . XOXO MUAH ! 💋💞
August 18th, 2017 7:25am
It happens to many of us. It could because of events that happened the day before or years ago, because of the way you slept, the amount you slept, something that is happening today or simply no reason at all.
September 19th, 2017 5:36am
Some days I wake up feeling sad because I'm not looking forward to the day, mainly due to school and being surrounded by many people which makes me feel anxious as I feel I will mess up somehow or let someone down.
November 9th, 2017 4:21pm
Sometimes I wake up thinking I have no purpose. Thinking that I just want to lave this world behind.....permanently. Nothing seems to go right anymore.
November 11th, 2017 2:44am
You can wake up feeling sad sometimes because something upset you the night before and you can't stop thinking and replaying what happened to you than.
November 16th, 2017 4:58pm
Stress and anxiety of not being worth much to others and feeling as if people around you care to have you around, but I feel if you go to sleep stressed and unrelaxed youll wake up feeling the same way. Sometimes dreams cause me to fear things or cause you to have anxiety. Trying to do something you love or watch something you enjoy before going to bed could help relax your mind and make calm welcoming sleep.
November 16th, 2017 7:49pm
Normally i wake up sad and quiet everyday. I think its just because i don't have my antidepressants until i awake and because I'm groggy and tired i appear sad and grumpy.
November 19th, 2017 12:30am
its an emotion we all need, and all have. sometimes there is no reason to be sad, sometimes even if you love being happy 24/7, your body still misses that extra emotion, as it is always apart of your human function.
December 23rd, 2017 3:28am
I'm sure that if I wanted to, I could look up statistics and sciencey answers to this, but the truth is, I'm not that worried about being complex. The truth is, I don't know why we, or I, wake up sad. I do it a lot. I did it this morning. I've been emotionally drained: tired, suffering through anxiety attacks, lonely. These past few days have been rough. And maybe if I were able to get past the demons dragging me down, I might feel cheerier in the early hours. Slightly unlikely, as I am grumpy in the morning.
January 6th, 2018 8:09pm
Sometimes you may wake up feeling sad if you think of the negative things instead of the positive or if you're tired or even if you may not have much to look forward to
January 7th, 2018 1:24pm
It happened to all of us at one point or another. Very often it's because we went to bed with a negative thought in mind or because of a bad dream which woke us and we remained in that state which lingers on for a while. It could also mean that you have some unresolved issue which is bothering you on a subconscious level or during a grief period.
January 10th, 2018 12:03am
Sadly (no pun intended), I think it’s just normal for a lot of people, particularly if you have some kind of stress in your life, are dealing with anxiety/depression, or even when the weather has been less than favorable. Even dreams can affect our mood sometimes. Sometimes, though, I don’t think there needs to be a reason at all. That’s never a satisfactory answer, but that’s the extent of my own knowledge of the subject.
January 31st, 2018 7:31pm
Maybe the lost of motivation makes you feel that way. Try doing more of what you like each day and think positive! Life is good!
February 8th, 2018 11:37am
Maybe you feel anxious for something and have negative minds. It seems that you're afraid of something or have grievances.
March 9th, 2018 6:19am
Sometimes when you have emotions they can take time to heal it is important to talk with people that are supportive
March 31st, 2018 1:17pm
We all wake up feeling sad sometimes. You can control your emotions. So if you want to change the sadness into happiness, it's all about the way you see things. It's called perspective. Recite happy thoughts, sayings, or uplifting quotes to start off your day better!
March 31st, 2018 8:08pm
it Could many reasons one may be that you feel alone and you want someone to comfier you and another one could be that something stressful or something sad happened in your dreams which you can’t remember since we have 100s of dreams in a night which is okay and I’m here to talk to you about it
April 5th, 2018 3:39pm
From my own personal experience waking up with sadness sometimes is simply because of situations that were left undone the previous day sometimes you wake up empty knowing that there is no longer somebody that you can trust with you somebody that can brighten your day and your life is no longer there
April 15th, 2018 6:34pm
Everybody has bad days where they make wake-up feeling sad. The important thing is how long the sadness lasts, and how you handle it. Are you able to get out of bed and have a productive day? Maybe something like keeping a journal by the bed would be good to write down those feelings. This may help not carry the sadness all day.