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I Have A Mind That Keeps Me Awake At Night

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    I have lots of thoughts that keep me awake. Often they stop me from sleeping so a couple of nights ago I decided to whip out my ipod and type in what I was thinking...There's a piece of elastic tugging me back, wrapped around my body, tying me to this life.I strain against it...
    FallenAngelWOOT FallenAngelWOOT 31-35, F 2 Responses Mar 13, 2013

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    Yeah! Shut up mind! Let me get some sleep!

    ! Why is it you always think of a great response to a bollocking you received earlier in the day. AFTER you're home and you've stewed on it for the evening????
    picklebobble picklebobble 46-50, M Nov 6

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    beccabiggs2702 beccabiggs2702 16-17, F 2 Responses Jun 1

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    Ive been there man, I know how it is.

    I'm straight and handsome and smart, I have money and an awesome job. I talk to girls all the time and we have fun. I've been in fifty Herero relationships and one gay relationship a long time ago. I've travelled the world and done everything from farming to acting to marketing...
    SammyJD11 SammyJD11 31-35, M Jan 25

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    MrAti MrAti 18-21, M Feb 23

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    the feeling you get when you're tired all day

    long and when you lay down to go to bed you're wide awake :(
    savvy1998 savvy1998 16-17, F 6 Responses Dec 3

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    I'm seeing a psychologist about,

    among other things, my inability to sleep. Have gotten some techniques which help some of the time. When confronted with a workplace crisis recently I was up until 4:30am before I dozed off. Talk about not being productive the next day!
    steverick steverick 56-60, M 2 Responses Sep 29

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    So when I need to sleep I have to use the

    Internet to become tried and distract my mind.
    Billy6549 Billy6549 16-17, M 5 Responses Oct 22

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    My mind never stops I don't trust it.

    It doesn't let me sleep it just goes and goes. Am I the only one? How do others cope?
    jcarinow jcarinow 36-40, F 5 Responses 5 days ago

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    Argh all the time my mind keeps me awake we

    so many thoughts ideas possibilities of everything imaginable it drives me crazy anyone else get this ?
    damnitsover damnitsover 16-17, M 2 Responses Jun 13

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    This really ***** me.

    I want to sleep and kind of need to, but night is when I do all my thinking. Sleepiness wears off after the first few hours and leaves me awake stewing over all kinds of things. Worse is that the things I think about are mostly pointless or the thoughts I have about them are...
    WillMeer WillMeer 46-50, M Oct 18

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    "He reminds me of me,

    before the weight of the world crushed my spirit"
    oscaxr oscaxr 18-21, M 21 hrs ago

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    I have way too much energy.

    If I go out with my friends. They are usually asleep in the car on the way home.... And I'm singing and dancing as I'm driving home. Wondering where our next stop will be. I usually will exhaust my kids as well! I have a hard time sitting still during a movie (I'm better in a...
    deleted deleted 26-30 9 Responses Feb 7

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    Being numb. I know hat most people say

    that we don't know what we've got, till its gone . An. Believe that But for people like me would give it all away just to be free and run away I know some have really dark sides and always wanted to kill or be a million air hacker I would be never caught or would love to become...
    Killerinstict Killerinstict 13-15, F 1 Response Oct 1

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    Mostly it's stress. I don't like what I'm like.

    Neither does my mind. We're like enemies. We're always competing for the thought I'll be thinking. Rarely, I win. But mostly, I sleep when my mind allows it...which never happens...
    GreenManley GreenManley 18-21, M 1 Response May 8

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    I sometimes wish there was an off button.

    Sometimes I'm awake all night just thinking about everything that I'm going through and it just makes me insane. It's like insomnia but 20 times worse. I just wish everything in my life would just stop being as crazy as it is. I just need some time to relax I guess some time for...
    lovedownunder lovedownunder 16-17, F 1 Response Nov 6

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    hmkspain hmkspain 16-17, M 1 Response Oct 2

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    Don't you hate it when you're lying in bed,

    wrapped up comfortably, waiting for the sweet blissful wave of sleep to pull you in... And suddenly you're like, "****, I could really do with some waffles."
    Endstar Endstar 26-30, M 1 Response Apr 16

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    I won't go to sleep if I'm thinking about

    something and I don't want to stop. Or I'll be working on my stories and I won't want to leave my fantasy world.
    ftmFreddy ftmFreddy 18-21, T 2 Responses Nov 29

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    i'm great through out the day

    but when i try to lay down is when all the suppressed feelings of I'm stressed at work, i'm worries about my family, my in laws are driving me nuts, and my husband snores. I need help!
    jennifer782 jennifer782 26-30, F 1 Response Dec 4

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    I think about a man coming

    and loving my boobs
    kiity953 kiity953 46-50, F 6 Responses Jun 1

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    My first time at sex a long long time before,

    i was just 10 when my uncle introduced me to the wonderful world of sex, now i just can not get enough. I am at it morning, afternoon,evening and again at night. The more the métier and i like fat men who have rolls of fat that i can jiggle and rub .
    kiity953 kiity953 46-50, F 3 Responses Jun 2

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    Every single night I stay up at night

    and all I can think of is how screwed up I am and how I've changed. And question what I even remember before this started happening.
    Aoberry Aoberry 18-21, M 2 Responses Sep 1

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    Sleeping at night is a struggle especially

    when you can't stop thinking about everything !! I'm constantly awake till late hours :(
    Amalah Amalah 18-21, F 2 Responses Oct 2

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    I can never sleep at night.

    .. I've resorted to sleep aid medicine but it's not working anymore...
    xoxojess97 xoxojess97 16-17, T Nov 29

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    The only way to shut it up is to listen to music

    for a couple of hours and then I'm just as tired :s
    papercastles papercastles 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 18

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    Sleeplessness Solution

    that Worked for Me: I have always had trouble sleeping due to the avalanche of thoughts, self doubt, obsessive planning and conjecture, regret, vivid imagination, recalling traumatic events etc. etc. At one point in my life I was heavily medicated with a strong sleeping pill...
    foxtale foxtale 22-25, F 3 Responses Sep 29

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    I'm always thinking about the future,

    like will I finally tell my family what's going on in my life? Will I marry a man or a woman? Will I have kids? Will I actually reach the goal I have set for myself..
    ConfusedLittleTeenagedGirl ConfusedLittleTeenagedGirl 13-15, F 5 Responses Sep 29

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    Install An Off Button, Please!

    It thinks and it talks and it worries and it argues and it debates and it questions and it calculates and it answers and it wonders and it wanders and it mimes and it acts and it moans and it’s hyper and it’s running and it’s just going on and on and on and on and on and on...
    Floydess Floydess 18-21, F 16 Responses Dec 2, 2011

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    Things I think of at night.

    I hear the breathing of the little ones. I make sure. Always. I listen for the breath of the great one too. She grows so old. I'd like to be with her. Always. I have sat in the forest and heard the gusty breathing at full moon in the mountains. Always. Even when my own breath...
    dwellerintheforest dwellerintheforest 41-45, F 3 Responses Jan 13

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    I want these stupid flashbacks to end.

    I need to be able to sleep, but it's impossible.... I hate you for all that you put me through. I'm so done with letting you break me down, but my mind apparently doesn't want the same thing.
    untamedx3heart untamedx3heart 22-25, F 3 Responses Dec 1

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    Dozer960 Dozer960 13-15, M 1 Response Jul 15

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    ever have that feeling

    that you are so tired you could fall asleep any second but then you lay down and your brain's like "LOL Jk"
    xmonsterx xmonsterx 13-15, F 7 Responses Jul 9

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    It attacks. Analysis becomes fictional

    possibility. Like some movie. Where i get revenge. Then punished for revenge gotten. It bites deep.
    OddlyScintilating OddlyScintilating 46-50, M 2 Responses Nov 6

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    It is in the latest of nights

    when the questions start pouring through my head. Each and every one like a waterfall of infinite proportion. Why this? Why That? If you are like me, you can't just let those questions without an answer fade away. So, my mind will keep me away until i'm satisfied. I guess you...
    Mojo51 Mojo51 16-17, M Dec 8

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    Reynastaxx Reynastaxx 26-30, F 2 Responses Apr 6

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    Always trying to problem solve.

    Always Stuck. Why dad and enemies. How to help pals. How i can cope better. Stuck and dad and enemies rule. So i switch to pals and coping. Plus wait to sleep. Lol Sigh.
    OddlyScintilating OddlyScintilating 46-50, M 1 Response Oct 9

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    Wow I fell asleep at a normal time!

    ! Then someone called and woke me up and I can't go back to sleep!! Thanks
    stjlynn stjlynn 26-30, F 4 Responses Jun 8

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    I'm always thinking,

    and I just overthink everything and it keeps me up all night and it sucks. like I'll literally just lay in the dark thinking for hours about stuff that doesn't even matter. I wish I could stop thinking and sleep lol that'd be pretty nice
    westsidechillin westsidechillin 16-17, F 13 Responses May 31

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    It's just twenty minutes

    until 4am and here I am still awake. My mind swims with thoughts and memories, both good and bad, twisted with the frustrations of the day and keeping me from falling asleep. I've known you for 12 years now, we've been through everything together from family drama, deaths and...
    misspaperwait misspaperwait 22-25, F 3 Responses Dec 2

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    I can't sleep a lot. I think about everything.

    About the past. All my memories haunt me, even the good ones because I know things will never feel the same way twice. I can't make moments last forever but I know there's something beautiful in having something amazing and losing it. I also think a lot about how much pain amd...
    beastylox beastylox 18-21, F 7 Responses Nov 6

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    I keep thinking and worrying all day

    and all night. My family needs me and I am afraid I won't be able to step up and handle that responsibility. They cry and they hurt and I'm who they call to help them and make them feel better. I wonder if they would love me if I didn't have money. I hurt for them so bad I just...
    ColdDayMemory ColdDayMemory 22-25, F Apr 22

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    You don't understand how this "issue" of having

    an overactive mind during the night is ruining my life, literally it's ruining my life. It is causing so many problems for me during the day because I cannot stay awake and it's affecting my energy levels and it's starting to affect my grades at school. I'm seriously starting to...
    MondoEG MondoEG 18-21, M 2 Responses Sep 30

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    When I go to sleep, I end up thinking about

    everything, my past and all the mistakes I have all the people meaning ex's I wish I never met anyone else do this??
    charbarx charbarx 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 27

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    I don't like it when my mind will not shut its

    self down. That's what my night meds are for. I won't get any sleep with out them.
    mlcockrell mlcockrell 36-40, M 2 Responses Sep 29

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    My thoughts wander, then I wonder.

    My mind flies as the time flies. My eyes are closed and then I ponder. All my questions must have their answers.
    Johnny316 Johnny316 31-35 1 Response Jul 15

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    When I lie in bed I think a lot.

    Thinking leads to worries of the future. And will I have nightmares today? Thinking in process...
    QxxRaider QxxRaider 13-15, F 4 Responses Nov 6

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    I've played too much Binding of Isaac: Rebirth.

    Now I'm just thinking about it.
    TransmutedHeart TransmutedHeart 18-21, F Dec 2

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    It's really annoying

    if you ask me. I think of anything and everything ranging from what I'm going to wear tomorow to what time I'm gonna actually end up sleeping that night to how puffy my eyes will be the next day to what my life goals are to my body image to my defaults to my love life (non...
    hibs186 hibs186 16-17, F 2 Responses Sep 30

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    Colourfi Colourfi 13-15, F 1 Response Nov 6

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    Me too. I am insomniac.

    I sleep at day and lay awake all night.
    kiddishguy kiddishguy 26-30, M 2 Responses Sep 29

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    I get so wound up at night thinking about the

    past I end up crying. I always get so lonely.