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I Can't Sleep When I Have Too Much On My Mind

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    Too Many Thoughts...

    My brain won't shut off. It won't slow down. It won't stop thinking up new thoughts. Think. Think. Think. Question. Question. Question. I'm so tired...and yet my brain won't let me sleep. Too much to process. Too much to think about. Too much to do. Too much. Too much Too much...
    KassieKat KassieKat 46-50, F 7 Responses Oct 28, 2011

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    Iv been going to bed around 3

    or 4 O'clock because i can't fall asleep and i wake up around 8 or 9 because either i can't stay asleep or i have homechool. It's been going on for at least three weeks. It all started when something happened that got me thinking. And i can't seem to stop thinking.
    chaoshead chaoshead 13-15, M 1 Response Oct 13

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    SpanishRose10 SpanishRose10 31-35, F 2 Responses Nov 8

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    jejeal jejeal 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 11

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    I haven't slept well

    for the past week. My mind starts going and I can't get it to stop. Any ideas to help me calm down?
    AmayaTsuki AmayaTsuki 22-25, F 4 Responses Oct 20

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    One of those nights..

    ..So many thoughts that the minutes seem like hours and it's still too early to sleep.
    AirleasAyres AirleasAyres 31-35, F 3 Responses Nov 26

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    Even now, at a time where the nights are nearly

    at their shortest, I'm awake and aware, laying on my bed in a nearly pitch black room. Clouds are covering the moon and stars, so the only light I've got is coming from the very tablet I'm using to type this message. Although I'm not dreaming, my head has been infested by a...
    TypeCleverNameHere TypeCleverNameHere 18-21, M 3 Responses Jun 9

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    There's always so much on my mind Especially

    at night , so much to think about words and thoughts turn me on
    birdblu birdblu 31-35, F 6 Responses Dec 30, 2013

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    I get to feeling so restless.

    I don't go to bed till like 1:00-2:00
    thatgirlkay thatgirlkay 22-25, F 1 Response May 9

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    Soo this is random but I can't sleep .

    Okay so have you ever been attracted to someone you know you can't have ? What do you do ? Or are you really confident and no you can have it all .
    amandalovee24 amandalovee24 22-25, F 2 Responses Apr 29

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    SeeRainbow SeeRainbow 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 19

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    If stressed I wake up all hours of the night.

    I do sleep but very fitful.I try to avoid stress or conflict during the evening so I can allow myself quality sleep.I have a medical condition that can be triggered by sleep deprivation so I have to be real careful.
    saxappeal saxappeal 46-50, F 3 Responses Sep 29

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    I sit here on my makeshift 'bed' staring up at

    the ceiling, awoken from the slumber I thought I yearned so badly for. Just an hour or two ago I was oh so sure that my body wanted some recess into the dark relaxation of sleep, but I wager I have mis-interpreted the language of my body. Maybe my body really desires me to sit...
    Aldmeri Aldmeri 26-30, M 1 Response Oct 27

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    I can't sleep if I'm thinking too much.

    In my earlier story I said that this wasn't an issue really anymore.
    wedgieshurtalot wedgieshurtalot 16-17, F Nov 2

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    When I don't see a way out of a situation,

    or see all the outcomes are bad...I keep thinking and thinking on it like a puzzle to see if I find a way out,a better outcome...and that can keep me sleepless at night.
    4biandu 4biandu 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 8

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    Normally, for me this happens

    when I am in the depths of writing a novel. The novel pretty much consumes me as I can never get enough written at any one sitting. There is always more in my head, pounding to get out.
    Dustyghost Dustyghost 46-50, M Jun 7

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    I can't sleep. Its one of those nights ware

    everything I have been thinking about for the past month is coming to me now. Why tonight??
    ilfyst ilfyst 13-15, F Nov 10

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    I'm exhausted, but can't sleep.

    This makes 5 sleepless nights in a row. :(
    sheghost sheghost 18-21, F 2 Responses Oct 23

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    This happens more often

    than not lately...and then I wonder if there are others I know awake at the moment. I need an off button for my mind, a "do not disturb" sign in my brain for my thoughts to see and flee from entering. I need someone to cuddle with, a gentle touch and warm embrace. Physical...
    RedHotCrazyPerson RedHotCrazyPerson 26-30, F 1 Response May 8

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    SamanthaH234 SamanthaH234 22-25, F 2 Responses Apr 5

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    I have a technical interview tomorrow

    for this part time software dev job at my college, and I haven't had any time to prepare. On top of that, I have to wake up in 5 hours to work on a project! How the hell am I supposed to get anything done if I don't have time to sleep? Update: Feeling awesome about the...
    Indistinct Indistinct 18-21, M 1 Response Nov 4

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    Sometimes I spend hours awake just thinking

    about anything and everything and the next day im so tired i cant function properly. Sometimes its bad but sometimes it helps as I come to a conclusion but sometimes, a mystery stays unsolved and bothers me for a while.. I listen to music to stop those thoughts from happening...
    Amy107 Amy107 13-15, F 1 Response Nov 8

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    My bed is comforting,

    but I'm laying here and not sleeping. Any ideas???
    Smilescute2971 Smilescute2971 41-45, F 6 Responses Jan 8

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    I can't sleep because I think way to much.

    . And it's always about **** I regret.. I take sleeping pills but doesn't help much. And by the time I fall asleep it's like 4am and I sleep till like 4pm ugh! Lol
    stayyoungx stayyoungx 18-21, F 4 Responses Jun 17

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    I can't sleep at all.

    I have a quarter final in the morning...but I'm not worried about it. I'm worried about my weigh in tomorrow morning at the doctors. I'm afraid I lost to much weight and I'll be taken back to treatment. But also I'm scared I'm gonna die in my sleep. My chest and like throat is...
    BooBear99 BooBear99 13-15, F Oct 16

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    Omg I just got my first job at the movies

    and I'm already stressed out Iv only had 1 shift and it's so hard and the hours are brutal.... I hope I get used to it soon so I can get some sleep
    ngoodfellow1799 ngoodfellow1799 13-15, M Oct 20

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    This was me last night.

    I hate that so much.
    roselani2005 roselani2005 26-30, F 2 Responses Aug 18

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    And Then My Sister Said This

    I can't sleep tonight. My life has been a stressful mess for several months.... OK, that was a lie. My life has been stressful for several YEARS. I thought I was hiding it well... The fear, the hurt, the sorrow. I have a younger Sister. We are very close... I love her, I...
    Kathieredart Kathieredart 56-60, F 78 Responses Feb 19, 2013

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    Sleepless Nights

    Do you ever just lay in bed and think or just stare into the darkness? I stare into the darkness for hours on end and can still not clear my thoughts. My thoughts consume my me. I try not to let it get to me, but it does. I can't shake the feeling of remorse for things I wasn't...
    Jaybugg Jaybugg 26-30, F 5 Responses Nov 20, 2013

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    I have so much on my mind.

    Im constantly thinking. I have a messy sleeping schedule and I barely sleep anyways. I hate sleeping. It makes the next day come faster. So I don't sleep at night. I sleep during the day so that when I wake up, nothing's changed. Sleeping also means that whatever I have on my...
    LifeOnAThread LifeOnAThread 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 2

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    latlely I have been having troubles sleeping

    or staying asleep. no matter how tired I am I just can't do it. I have been having family troubles since my aunt past away Feb 14, 2012, a few people have been treating the rest of my family like **** and making it feel like we owe them something because they are the "only...
    MarineGirlfriendMary MarineGirlfriendMary 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 29

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    Sundays are the worst.

    Can't stop tossing and turning
    livemanlive livemanlive 26-30, M 2 Responses Nov 23

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    So all the time I can't sleep I don't always

    know exactly what's going through my mind but there's always something for me to think about that doesn't allow me to fall asleep. Oh well I can live with it.
    WolfForLife WolfForLife 13-15, F 3 Responses May 21

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    Doctors say its stress,

    anxiety bla bla bla... I really do tend to over think everything especially at night when am in bed trying to sleep. Every day I spend at least about 2-3 hours just thinking about everything and anything. Howcome the sky is blue during the day and black during the night and why...
    MK25 MK25 22-25, M Nov 29

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    But it is soooooooooo nice

    when you are in my mind at night...
    Brunette4U Brunette4U 31-35, F Nov 10

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    Why is it soooo easy

    for my husband to sleep after we've had an emotional, argumentative day and yet I'm wide awake for the third night in a row? He's just snoring away. He fell asleep after a somewhat awkward conversation in which we were supposed to be working some things out. Seriously?! I'm glad...
    Adub712 Adub712 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 9

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    I Am So Sleepy...

    I am so sleepy, but I can't seem to sleep.  I toss and i turn but no comfort at all.so I am sitting here trying to make sense of this. Not a clue..  I have to get up at 6am. It is now 3:47am and not a wink...I think it's too much on my plate to the point  that it's affecting...
    Vont Vont 46-50, F 1 Response Feb 22, 2013

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    AshleysExperience AshleysExperience 18-21, F 4 Responses Feb 4

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    It Never Fails.....

    if i have too much on my mind i can't sleep. no matter what. especially when i had trouble sleeping the night before. its been happening a lot lately
    violet1698 violet1698 31-35, F 2 Responses May 12, 2013

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    There is too much happening in my life right

    now. I think that's why I can't sleep. I went to bed last night and tossed and turned for a few hours and then fell asleep, but woke up at 4;30 am this morning. Went back to sleep at 7 am until 9 am, but went to bed at 12 mid-night. I think it could be my appointment with my new...
    Sara600 Sara600 56-60, F 2 Responses Oct 20

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    My mom and I have been talking

    for over a hour and now we are finsihed. I cant stop crying but, I think im coming to my senses. I have a mental issue, not every teenager goes through it. I have a personality disorder, not every teenager goes through it. Unfortunelately I am starting ti relapse. My mom tells...
    alexusk21 alexusk21 13-15, F Nov 12

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    So I'm just up thinking

    and writing away everything I'm feeling. I'm gonna have to get up and a few hours because I'm going to the mountains. I can't wait.
    Itsnotareligion Itsnotareligion 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 28

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    BehappyToday BehappyToday 18-21, F May 15

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    Damn! I have too many things going through my

    mind right now. I want to sleep, but I keep thinking....I hope I fall back to sleep soon.
    SpanishRose10 SpanishRose10 31-35, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    Mct7988 Mct7988 26-30, F Nov 1

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    when I have a bad day.

    all the negative thoughts come lurking in and won't let me sleep
    oliviatt oliviatt 16-17, F 1 Response Nov 20

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    Damn, Like right now,

    it's just annoying sometimes, but well I think too much always, I just think, think, think and think until I found something different to do and I'm just thinking about stupid things now
    Melotellixx Melotellixx 13-15, M Jun 4

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    This was one of those nights.

    I have not have my usual 6 or 7 hours of sleep in over a week. My thoughts kept me awake. The rest of the week, 2 sick kids made me get up more than 3 times a night. Enough complaining loll the coffee is finally ready. Lets hope for time for a nap today. ..oh wait the boys...
    Blanche08 Blanche08 31-35, F 11 Responses Aug 29

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    today I'm tired af, its only 5:41 pm on s

    Friday night and I'm dog tired ... anyone wanna talk to me tonight?
    dksl14 dksl14 18-21, M Dec 5

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    TheNateAust TheNateAust 18-21, M 2 Responses Oct 21

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    There's so much going on right now.

    ...that feeling of being pulled in different directions and not being able to relax is getting to me. I can't remember the last time I had a decent nights sleep. ****, I can't even get my thoughts in order. I seriously need a break from some of the stuff life's been tossing this...
    CrowdOfOne CrowdOfOne 46-50, M 5 Responses Feb 27

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    I think the switch needs rewiring

    or something. It's tough trying to stay asleep. I need a witch, like Sleeping Beauty!