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Why do I wake up so early and can't get back to sleep

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Last Updated: 03/20/2018 at 4:33pm
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April 27th, 2015 10:46pm
It could be due to depression, anxiety, or stress. When you wake up try doing something, instead of thinking. Or just get out of bed start the day and try to be as productive as you can.
May 25th, 2015 3:47pm
When you wake up, not from an alarm clock or anything, that is your body telling you that you have had enough sleep. You may want to rest some more, but your body doesn't need it so it tells you no.
June 9th, 2015 7:37pm
There are many reasons for that, one of them (from my personal experience) is that you have too many things going on on your mind or something is wrong with the environment you're sleeping in. Working on shifts doesn't help either with this situation.
June 17th, 2015 8:22am
Wait- is that a bad thing? I love waking up early and not being able to fall back asleep- more time to start my day without rushing - and having the time to chill and meditate.
August 24th, 2015 1:37pm
It can be that you haven't worked too much during the day, and thus your body doesn't feel tired... This is the reason you can't get sleep
December 28th, 2015 6:08pm
This is actually one of the symptoms to mental disorders like depression. If it disrupts the total hours of sleep you're getting, it's good to see a professional regarding your sleep and see how they could guide you to achieve better sleep. Otherwise, you could consider deep muscle relaxation or any other guided relaxation therapies to give your body the rest it deserves. All the best!
January 19th, 2016 6:35pm
Sometimes detractions in the room can be a problem. Try turning off your cellphone, unplugging the TV and minimizing light and sounds throughout the night. Stress and activity can also play a large part in your life. Remember to practice mindfulness exercises, walk at least 10,000 steps per day, and eat a balanced meal. In Canada, follow the Canadian food guide, it can be the best source for dietary needs.
January 21st, 2016 12:03pm
I have this problem sometimes. Usually it's because my mind is too busy. If I'm wide awake, I go eat something, have some chocolate milk, then lay in bed listening to music, singing along in my head until I fall back asleep.
January 22nd, 2016 9:54pm
Depending on your age and habits, this could be down to a number of factors. Unfortunately there's no fast and sure way to know without speaking to someone in depth- if it's becoming a problem for you, I suggest speaking to a medical professional, who can advise you on ways to sleep for longer and have better quality of sleep.
January 27th, 2016 1:40am
Sometimes because I am thinking so much, my brain wakes me. Or I'm so excited for something the next day.
January 28th, 2016 4:49am
Sometimes we wake up early because we have something on our mind or something that needs to brought to our attention. When you wake up and early and cant go back to sleep try writing. Maybe about your dreams, what is going on in your life, goals, etc.
January 29th, 2016 12:10pm
You may be anxious about something, usually on set by experiences you have had or are going to have in following days.
January 31st, 2016 9:02am
Because mind is stuck thinking about pending issues in life and you feel they need to be done ASAP. Important thing is classifying priorities.
January 31st, 2016 2:51pm
This is because of your messed up sleep pattern. I suggest you try to fix it by sleeping properly...
February 7th, 2016 4:25am
There might be something weighing on your mind, try counting or focus on deep breathing before bed to have a clear mind.
April 12th, 2016 6:00am
If this is constant then it might be a schedule your brain has naturally adjusted to. Try and force your self to change sleep schedules .
March 20th, 2018 4:33pm
You can wake up so early and can't get back to sleep because of something that worries you on your mind, you got enough sleep and so you have full of energy way early in the morning.