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I get all this energy at night, especially before an important day. How can I get the rest I need?

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Last Updated: 10/14/2019 at 2:28pm
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February 9th, 2016 6:16pm
By personal experience, why do need rest if you are already full of energy. i have this situation many times. I have an important day, and the night before I have sooo much excitement that I cant sleep. So, I leave to my brain and my body. I dont force myself to sleep. I just lie down. Because no matter what, you will wake up on time and you will be full of energy on that important day. Your brain will handle everything. So, keep calm and leave it to the brain.
April 20th, 2015 3:45pm
The energy you may be feeling, can be from anxiety. When anxiety hits us, it can send signals to your nervous system and can it turn, give you an excess of energy. I would recommend preparing well for the day ahead, so that you feel confident that everything will be alright. Look in the mirror and tell yourself that you will do well. That you've got this. Repeat these affirmations and take your mind to a happy place while falling asleep. Don't think about the day ahead, but rather all that you've accomplished the day before. That will give you the confidence and peace of mind to rest and store that energy to help you when you need it!
May 19th, 2015 1:15am
I would suggest doing, meditation, yoga, deep muscle relaxation or even possibly deep breathing in order to calm yourself before going to bed.
May 21st, 2015 10:50pm
Try regulating your sleep schedule. No caffeine 3 hours before bed. Try not to eat before bed either. A lot of people spend time on electronics before sleep, which will actually cycle us into being awake. If you have a important day, make sure to plan to go to sleep and get the rest you need.
August 31st, 2015 5:40pm
I think anxiety before important days and events is normal, but invasive, nonetheless! Any anti-anxiety routines are my go-to. Self-care such as caffeine free tea, journaling our thoughts, reading a good book, listening to instrumental music, deep breathing techniques…anything to make an energy shift. That, I believe, is the most important thing to remember! The energy is only energy, and it's meant to move! Be patient, it will pass. Keep sleep and rest the focus and relaxation will come easy.
March 21st, 2016 8:29am
Practice breathing exercises to calm yourself and meditate on the day to come instead. Mentally preparing yourself will help keep you calm on the day of said event.
August 1st, 2016 6:40am
It sounds like anxiety. Working out or reading before bed is a great way to get rid of unwanted energy.
October 14th, 2019 2:28pm
First it is good to identify where the energy is coming from. For some people it may be the anticipation of the big day and nerves getting worked up. For others, thinking about falling asleep can lead to anxiety. For others if they were not active enough during the day that when it is time to go to bed, the body still has energy. These are just a few examples. When you have identified the reason for getting the energy, you can then better work towards reducing that. Maybe some deep breathing, or a walk, or a shower, or writing in a journal or more could help. The main thing is to really figure out what works for you. You may have to try a few things and thats ok. For me I have found that I like art and jigsaw puzzles when I have a lot of energy. That will not be the case for everyone, but that is okay.