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Why do I keep waking up too early in the morning?

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Why do I keep waking up too early in the morning?
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June 20th, 2015 1:08am
When I wake up to early it could be because I've had a bad sleep. As a person it could be because subconsciously you're worried about something and need to clear your head before sleeping. Your body may be uncomfortable in the way you're sleeping, i.e cold or to hot. To help with these issues you could try to relax your body before sleep by writing your thoughts down or having a warm drink before bed.
June 20th, 2015 9:43am
Passionate about something. Something on mind causing Anxiety. Find the reason by recording what you do every morning.
June 20th, 2015 2:25pm
Every morning I wake up between 2:00-3:00 am and the first thing that comes to mind is log on to 7 Cups to listen and support our amazing members
June 20th, 2015 5:32pm
have you tried considering the lighting? Maybe your room's too bright or maybe because you have a lot stress and axiety which can wake you up easily from your sleep. :)
June 20th, 2015 6:27pm
it sounds like something is maybe troubling you and you aren't sleeping very well, is this a common occurance at the moment?
June 21st, 2015 12:27am
It is completely natural to wake early, just as it is to be an evening person. This can sometimes occur due to anxiety or anticipation about the day to come. I know that when I am aware of a need to be up earlier than normal, I overcompensate occasionally by waking up too early. An example, is me having a meeting on a Saturday morning, my usual schedule would be Monday to Friday, waking up at 7am, then having lie ins on the weekend, waking up around 11am. On these meeting days I must wake up at 6:30am. The night before, I prepare my things, and during this time, my subconscious decides that I will become focussed on waking up on time, and as a result, I may have disturbed sleep, maybe waking at 4am, and then 5am. Think of it in the way you'd expect on the night before christmas, your birthday, or an important exam. High arousal, whether that be excitement or anxiety, you will be almost too ready to wake up, so will wake up too early. Alternatively, you may have too much light or noise in your room, or go to sleep too early. For these may I suggest you have curtains or sleep facing away from light sources. Noise is more difficult, maybe consider not having alarms that go off periodically from an early hour- if you need to set it, maybe have it go off every 15 minutes from 7am as opposed to on the hour every hour from 4am for example. Your body does not need too much sleep, so will wake up when ready, maybe consider going to bed later, maybe using more energy exercising and such, and go to bed when you feel sleepy, or are yawning more frequently.
June 21st, 2015 6:41am
because i want to live my life to fullest and utilize all my time to be happy and make others happy...i am scared that i might loose this precious opportunity to live my dream which is "TO LIVE MY LIFE"..
June 21st, 2015 11:36am
If you want to wake too early , you have to sleep too early. Why because minimum 8-9 hrs are mandatory to plan accordingly, At starting it will be some difficult, if you do so for 3 - 4 days , you will see the difference in yourselves
June 21st, 2015 4:15pm
You may have sort of ruined the usual sleep pattern, slept too much or too early. I am no professional, but I was required to have my thyroid checked when I complained about it multiple times. Apparently, the thyroid may have something to do with dealing with temperatures. Not just the usual "I sleep better in a cool environment than a hot or cold one." Or if in case it IS the usual one, you might want to try experimenting on not just which temperature you feel more comfortable in for longer periods of time, but other conditions as well. Do you wake up because you need to go to the bathroom? It happens when you drink lots before bed, and when the temperature is cold, our bodies don't sweat, but rather release the liquid along with toxins by going to the bathroom. I may just be bad timing... Or...remember how we used to sleep as early as 9 when we were kids? It may very from person to person, however I remember reading that we need 8 hours of sleep -with sleep being best rest. Some people just sleep shorter lengths as they grow older. If that's the case, you might want to adjust the time you sleep. Or you might be a light-sleeper, and something occurs at that exactly that time everyday that wakes you up. And once you wake up, you don't remember what it is. But it CAN reach deep into your sleep, even through the form of dreams sometimes (such as when the brain tries to prevent someone from going to the bathroom while sleeping with dreams/nightmares). The above happens to me at times with the crazy roosters all around the neighborhood. They seem to cry out every other hour... as if they were alarms going off in different places. If you slept with certain uncomfortable conditions such as, too cold, or falling asleep while wearing tight outfits, feeling irritated because you haven't eaten, or irritated and itchy because you were too tired to take a shower, or even just having fallen asleep with the lights on and it hurts your eyes behind the eyelids...Those can really wake you up for some pretty good reasons... And don't forget sleeping in uncomfortable positions or prolonged ones that numb your muscles by having slept on them.... Sometimes, I wake up because I am sleeping "too well" when I am forgetting something like a projects that needs to be passed tomorrow, "Did my brother come home safely yet?", "Did I remember to lock all the doors...?" , or other such worries. The last things that they might be -but I'm hoping are not.... would be night terrors or insomnia... That's about all I can think of right now. Sorry if my explanation seems kind of scattered... I hope you sort it out, if it's causing you problems.
June 21st, 2015 7:27pm
I find that it can sometimes be due to sleeping to much, even if one feels the need to as a result of feeling drained from stress or low mood during the day.
June 24th, 2015 1:56am
Maybe it's because your body is used to it. If you aren't getting enough sleep, try sleeping earlier
June 24th, 2015 2:21am
If you have trouble getting to sleep or sleeping through the night, if you wake up too early or have a hard time waking up at all, or if you are overly tired during the day, you may have a sleep problem.
June 24th, 2015 4:33am
There are many reasons why waking up early in the morning can occur, one may be from a nightmare (bad dream) or from anxiety or insomnia. This issues should be concerning and referred to by a professional.
June 24th, 2015 7:43am
maybe you stress a lot or think too much about what you have to do in the morning . another reason maybe nightmares. Do yo have any ??
June 24th, 2015 1:20pm
i have to keep waking up early in the morning , because of the traffic jams in my city , which deprives me from sleeping .. :(
June 24th, 2015 6:25pm
There are mutiple reasons, some being either you are going to bed too early, or your body clock is off.
June 24th, 2015 10:39pm
It is related to the biological clock as a result of your daily routine. You can easily control it with some tricks.
June 25th, 2015 3:20am
Your sleep schedule is probably set, we all have a body clock so if you are constantly waking up early then your body is now used to waking up
June 25th, 2015 6:46am
Your body may be anxious or excited for something you expect the next day. You might fear something will happen to you if you sleep in, naturally causing Yor body to prevent That by waking up early.
June 25th, 2015 3:50pm
I wish I could be honestly I just keep on waking up super early in the morning regardless what time i sleep
June 25th, 2015 6:37pm
maybe because you are afraid to miss school, you want to start the day so badly or want it to end as fast as it is possible
June 25th, 2015 9:08pm
Our bodys may be saying its time to get up. Or simpler things like your just not the type to wake up late.
June 26th, 2015 4:03am
A lot of times I find that I wake up too early if I'm at a point in my life where I'm experiencing a lot of stress. Say I have a big task that I need to accomplish the next day, or I'm anticipating something that I need to deal with in a certain aspect of my life (i.e. something work-related, family-related, paying a bill or needing to go to an appointment). I feel like my emotions or physiological reactions lead me to wake up early to deal with whatever I need to accomplish or face the task that's been lingering in the back of my mind.
June 26th, 2015 6:50am
You may be over stressed, or anticipating something for the next morning. It could be from wanting to wake up earlier than you need to be awake, because if you think you need to be awake by a certain time, you can tend to want to wake up before that specific time.
June 26th, 2015 1:51pm
Either there is something wrong or different with your body clock so you wake up too early, (body clock can be impacted by lifestyle habits), you may be dealing with psychological issues that contribute to you waking up earlier than you desire (anxiety, stress), or underlying body function issues.
June 26th, 2015 4:04pm
You are probably waking up too early in the morning due to stress or anxiety in your life. Is there something going on in your life that is causing you stress? Work or relationship related? If you continue waking up too early, and it's something that bothers you, it could be worth it to see a therapist about your sleep related problems. Hang in there, friend!
June 26th, 2015 10:07pm
for me, its my internal clock, I am always up early because it has been my routine for so long. I dont think i could change that if i tried
June 27th, 2015 1:25am
Nightmares, thoughts, alarms, feeling energized earlier than usual, stress, panic attacks / thinking
June 27th, 2015 5:09am
Waking up naturally is usually your body's way of saying "Okay, I'm rested! Time to start the day!" For some people, this may be after only a few hours of sleep, but for others, it may take up to ten or twelve hours! The average is around eight or nine for young people, but this varies from person to person. Perhaps you are one of the people who only needs a small amount of sleep to function, and this is why you get up so early.
June 27th, 2015 12:46pm
Well many people wake up for many reasons. Personally I wake up to early if I have something on my mind or if I am going through something emotionally.