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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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April 18th, 2018 1:46pm
It could be linked to being depressed. Biochemistry in the brain could be off, hormone levels could be unstable, the person could be hungry, which can lead to feelings of sadness and dispair.
April 22nd, 2018 5:13am
This can be from a lot of things. The loss of a friend, mondays, a job you don't like, school, or simply having to DO something when you DON'T want to in the first place.
May 4th, 2018 8:57pm
Could be deep rooted anxiety, depression, or stress. Talking to a therapist or getting things off your chest is a great way to heal from the inside. Good luck and sleep well. :)
May 19th, 2018 2:00pm
It's like same as sometimes we feel happy after getting up and also sometimes we feel energetic after sleep. Similarly, sometimes we feel sad. It's quite natural.
May 26th, 2018 7:56pm
That's totally normal. Finding the motivation to get up some mornings can be tough, and I've experienced it more than once. I know that heavy feeling. But, just look at the good times to come. Things can always get better, you just have to hop out of that bed and work for them. Hope this helps! :)
June 2nd, 2018 12:05am
Feelings are confusing but if you wake up sad you can always try things that make you happy or talk to someone about it.
June 16th, 2018 3:46am
If I wake up feeling sad, it's usually because I didn't sleep well or had a disturbing dream. I try to realize that and refocus.
June 21st, 2018 8:54am
Typically it’s because I either go to bed sad or I think about something sad the minute I wake up. Meh
June 29th, 2018 7:57pm
often you can wake up sad because you went to bed feeling the same way- has there been anthing that made you sad last night that you can change?
June 30th, 2018 5:57am
It could be due to if you went to sleep sad. Most commonly this would be the reason. Try going to sleep on a good note, to uplifting, relaxing music.
July 12th, 2018 11:52am
Sometimes it happens, not a burden for you in fact. I guess it is because staying awake up to late night can stir your deep sleep which results into not-relaxed body in the morning. Waking up with less sleep causes you to feel sad. There is nothing to worry about.
July 13th, 2018 9:01pm
Sometimes we may wake up feeling sad. This could be due to a troubling dream. Dreams are our subconscious mind's way of working through complex issues. Our mind may have been hard at work during our sleep to help us deal with some past or current conflict that we have not had time, or allowed time to deal with during our waking hours. The waking sadness could also be due to some small, seemingly harmless event such as not saying goodnight to your child or your spouse before going to sleep. If you're someone who analyzes your actions, this sadness can feel persistent and troubling to you. You may struggle to let go of these sad thoughts because the thought of not saying goodnight is repeating over and over again in your mind, Even something as simple as feeling anger toward a pet and not patting it on the head to say you were sorry for having those feelings. We would not equate either of these with our sadness because they do not seem important or significant enough to warrant being sad about; however, some individuals do not like leaving things unresolved before going to bed.
August 3rd, 2018 12:27am
Whilst there can be a biological component to this. In most cases we don't "wake up" feeling sad - as that implies we all have no control over how we feel and that it just happens. Instead it arises from the conscious thoughts you have after you've woken up e.g. immediately thinking about a past trauma, or ruminating over something you have to do that day. For me its immediately assessing my health and assuming I'm ill (because honestly who DOES feel well right after waking up?). Its natural to do this, but essential to be aware of it and remember that your thoughts aren't facts - and your past doesn't determine your present - as its through challenging these thoughts that we can prevent immediate feelings of sadness from impacting our day.
August 12th, 2018 6:16am
It differs from every person. Feeling sad when you wake up can be due to dreams, or things that are currently happening in life.
August 12th, 2018 1:29pm
Most of the times it’s to do with you being tired and not being outside much. When the body wakes up it’s still in a sleepy state with a little walking outside this can help brighten your mood a little and out your health in a great shape!
August 12th, 2018 6:11pm
It could be a symptom of other emotional issues. You are in the best position to figure out the cause.
August 12th, 2018 7:31pm
I sometimes wake up sad when I had a bad dream. It reminded me of something sad or made me sad by itself
August 15th, 2018 7:31am
You could wake up sad because of a dream, the brain is constantly active perhaps you experienced something stressfull
August 19th, 2018 3:42am
Sometimes I wake up feeling sad because of something that might have upset me the day before. Like a fight with a family member. Or even I test that I felt like a did bad on the day before. But I know that it’s okay to feel that way sometimes. I know that I can get through it. It might be tough, but I know for every problem there is a solution. I just have to find that solution somehow. Life isn’t always rainbows and sunshine, it’s Okay to feel sad or upset sometimes. That’s what makes us humans.
September 7th, 2018 2:23pm
Sometimes I have a dream that I am not aware of but it feels me with unpleasant feeling. Sometimes something bothers me and I am not aware of but it is possible to transform these feeling and create joy instead. Each one of us is capable of that. For example, before going to sleep on the previous night, I could have overate. The overeating was caused by some unpleasant thoughts that I was trying to avoid. So I woke up in the morning and felt unpleasant feeling. By bringing the root cause to awareness and making a decision not to escape, I can transform the negativity to joy.
September 15th, 2018 7:13am
It depends highly on how well you slept. It won't feel good if you weren't able to sleep as you will regret that you have wasted your time and still feeling exhausted. And in second case, you have slept nicely and you will wake up yawning smoothly and happily, you won't remember anything this instant but as soon as something triggers your last days memories and how bad it was then you will start feeling bad. Only when we assume on the basis of prior information that this day again is going to worse like previous day then it starts ruining the day.
October 1st, 2018 6:00pm
One possibility is that the circadium rhythm is disrupted. This can happen when we are working too long on the computer at night, particularly between the hours of 9 and 11 pm. The blue light from the screen can impact our circadium rhythm negatively but also bright lights in the bedroom. This kind of light makes our body think it is daytime, not nighttime, consequently the body produces the hormone cortisol which gives us engergy instead of the correct one, namely melatonine which is the sleep hormone. The disruption in our "body clock" causes unhealthy sleep, shorter sleep and can lead to being agitated, sad, morning depression and inability to focus in the morning and even during the day. Good sleep preparation, possibly a visit to the doctor's office can help to stabilize the circadium rhythm. Alcohol, caffeine for ex keep us awake.
December 20th, 2018 4:05am
Sometimes we awake in an emotional state such as sadness due to dreams, which are our minds sorting out or days, decisions and opinions. When the information has a less than desireable outcome, it may make us feel sad. Also, It could be that you feel sad at waking on a monday thinking it was a friday. That makes me sad. lol :) SOmetimes we feel sad upon waking up because our body is imbalanced and there can be no trigger for us to feel these ways. Other reasons are varied as your mileage may be varied depending on the experiences that are going on in your life at the time.
January 12th, 2019 4:19am
Sometimes I wake up feeling sad because I've been secluded too long or it's just a bad time of year with a hovering date. I've had several bad experiences mold me into the person I am today - Not define me. Some days are harder than others to shake the feeling. Being secluded for weeks at a time makes it a little easier to wake up feeling sad. Being in a new area where currently there aren't any familiar faces adds to that on a somewhat regular basis. End of the day I tell myself it's something that I can get through, especially with everything else I've gotten through already.
January 24th, 2019 3:23am
For feeling like I haven’t accomplished anything. Like a failure, not doing my tasks. Not being a changed person for the better. I want to be a better person, and wake up happy. For others too, not just me. I feel like being a listener will make me a better person, and helping others will help them too. So why not take the chance to turn my life for the better, and volunteer to be a listener? I’m so grateful to finally be one. I appreciate every member, listener, everyone on this site/app ❤️ thank you all. -Listener
February 3rd, 2019 10:19am
Sometimes I wake up feeling sad out of the blue, too. This may be a result of something that happened the previous day, a dream you had, something about the future you're worried about, or there may not even be any foreseeable reason at all. It is actually a normal thing to wake up feeling sad or down in the dumps for no reason from time to time, but when it happens frequently, that may be a sign of depression. This is a fairly common symptom of mood disorders, and if it is happening all the time, that may be because of a mental illness.
February 8th, 2019 7:28pm
Oh god a littany of reasons. Sometimes i have dreams that are like the opposite of nightmares. They are so nice and warm and when i wake up and realize it was just a dream its hard to walk through reality knowing whatever i saw isnt real. Other times its just the overlooning stress that i have to go through another day not knowing what can or will happen. Its the fear of the unknown. I used to actively avoid sleep for the fear of those too good to be true dreams but that is just giving the subconscious too much power over me.
March 10th, 2019 10:04am
Waking up after a good night's sleep should be a pleasant experience for most of us. However, sometimes we have subtle dreams which influence our thought process profoundly when we wake up. Personally, I have had some past experiences which fills me with guilt every time I revisit those memories. And when I have one such fragment of memory in my dream, it affects my emotional and metal state. As a result, when I wake up, I feel sad and uncomfortable. This process is natural and we do not have to worry about it. The best way to cope up is to deal with the troubled memories.
April 4th, 2019 1:09pm
The mind is like a little child who gets bored very easily and it is always asking for something new 😊 Writing out your goals and intentions the night before as well as writing a couple of things you are grateful for at that moment/or that specific day, helps your brain have something to focus on and it also makes you feel much more organised and motivated and therefore happy, pleased and proud with yourself 👍 You can make this a daily habit, it only takes 5 minutes a day, and see how your life will shift before you realize it 😉🌼♥️ After all, waking up energized and excited for the new day to begin is so worth it 💙😃
April 26th, 2019 9:51am
I thought that too, for quite long time. I usually wake up a little on the sad side. But after observing closely, the process of awakening, there is a portion of time, between your wake up moment, and when the sadness installs itself. Sadness or any other feeling, or mental state. When we wake up, it is my experience that there is a blank state, at first, like you are a new born. Maybe you remember that, as soon as you wake up, you don't know here you are, when, position, orientation, nothing. It's a short time between this blank slate moment, and the mental rush, and emotional rush, that brain creates, to fill up that space. That's why they say that waking up and going to sleep moments are the most impactful when you want to change your life. The most dramatic changes, if you practice to visualize and instill whatever you like, whatever you want, in those clean slates moments, between worlds. Because that's the most precious state, in between. Not in that nightly dreamworld, and not in this daily dreamworld. So, back to sadness, that's the habit, memory, practice, that the brain sees more fit, in accordance with your beliefs, but also according to karma, cycles, time. It's a mix. Then after the brain decides (decides quite fast, split second), then it will flood you with all memories needed, all thoughts needed, all emotions needed. It's like a default state, if you don't intervene. So best route is to take over these 2 precious moments, and fill them up with all that you want, good images, good thoughts, smiles, meditation, loving good feelings, whatever you can.