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Why do I get distracted and sidetracked so easily before going to sleep?

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Last Updated: 03/12/2018 at 10:33pm
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Top Rated Answers
December 8th, 2015 5:37pm
Because your mind isn't fully shut down your mind is still going crazy while you are trying to sleep
May 6th, 2015 2:29am
It may be a question of sleep hygiene. What do you usually use your bed for? If you use your bed for activities, consider ceasing that.
April 7th, 2015 6:14pm
Sometimes we don't give our bodies the correct amount of time to settle down before bed, causing us to not do as we plan.
March 12th, 2018 10:33pm
Before sleep you can get easily distracted and sidetracked because your attention on a certain activity is lost and instead you're action shifts very rapidly.
March 7th, 2015 9:59pm
You're relaxing before sleeping and your mind wanders easily as you're most likely not focused on very much.
July 21st, 2015 8:49pm
It's completely normal to be distracted by elements in our lives before going to sleep, this is how our brains work unfortunately and sometimes they just don't want to rest ;) There's plenty of tips and guides throughout the site for insomnia-related issues which you may find helpful, but personally I'd recommend finding slow, relaxing music or therapeutic videos to help you relax and slow your train of thought.
June 8th, 2015 11:20am
You probably are staying too close to social media, tv and stuff. Make an effort to turn it all off an hour before bed time so you can actually get some well needed rest. light some candles, read a book, and relax!
September 26th, 2017 2:33am
I get distracted easily before going to sleep by technology. I'll sit up on my phone or tablet browsing the Internet and streaming which causes me to stay up late and not get much sleep. It causes my mind to stay awake, so I try to limit my usage closer to bed time so I can get a good nights rest.
March 3rd, 2015 12:28pm
You may have had a very active day, lots of things on your mind, so you're fixated and can't relax!!