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How do you sleep well if the Next day is especially troubling and stressful?

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Last Updated: 10/20/2020 at 4:55am
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Top Rated Answers
February 10th, 2015 5:03pm
I like to believe what happens, happens. I need to just sleep and try my best to not think about it, of course this sounds generic and cliche, but it's the best advice I use for myself, and it works for me!
April 19th, 2015 7:33pm
About one week in advance, start training your body to fall asleep around the same time at night. In the weeks before my MCAT, I was in bed by 10 PM every night - phone off, lights off, and thinking soothing thoughts. Make sure there isn't any light or noise pollution, take 10 deep breaths, and start listing presidents starting from George Washington. I hardly ever made it past John Quincy Adams.
May 8th, 2015 6:35am
By relaxing your mind and body, not overthinking or thinking at all about the next day, taking deep breaths and having positive thoughts.
June 17th, 2015 4:04am
Positive thinking is key to any stressful situation. Many people also chose to do something prior to going to sleep to soothe the mind whether it's through meditation, listening to music, reading, etc.
December 29th, 2015 11:56am
I don't and can't live in the future .I live in the present ,and if that's my situation,I'd make the most of the day and get cozy sleep as possible.
December 29th, 2015 9:47pm
Remember that thinking about it at night doesn't help. There is nothing you can do about it so push it out of your mind and worry about it later
June 7th, 2016 11:48pm
If I'm having difficulties sleeping due to the stressful day ahead, I try to remember that if I am not well rested the day will only become more difficult to take on. I try to close my eyes and take long, deep breaths and put my mind at ease. Worrying yourself into sleeplessness will only make the day more stressful! :)
November 13th, 2017 8:40pm
Try writing down your thoughts and worries about the next day before you go to bed. Then focus on doing relaxing things that will help you sleep well.
November 20th, 2017 8:41pm
Try your best to not think about the stress that the next day holds. Do something you enjoy or loved doing and focus all of your attention into something to help you relax before you sleep.
January 2nd, 2018 2:43pm
I like to remember that it is simply one day. That I will be laying in bed the next night reflecting on the day and be thinking - if I had just relaxed I would have had no problem. So the conclusion - Know that worrying will only make it worse :)
October 20th, 2020 4:55am
Do a 'brain dump' by jotting down your worries and fears, or whatever is on your mind. This process can allow you to think of solutions to your fears, putting your mind at ease. Brain dumps can help offload your thoughts onto paper, so your brain can focus more on sleep. If your stress and worry is too large to be removed from a 'brain dump', you can try doing Strutured Problem Solving. You can use a template similar to this: You can also try mindfulness meditation to let go of worrying thoughts, so you can relax and fall asleep easier. Do not sleep when you are stressed, anxious, or not sleepy. Your brain will associate your bed with wakefulness or anxiety over time, and it would eventually become very difficult to fall asleep once you get into bed.