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Thoughts You Have When You Can't Sleep

There has to a be a better way.

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It happens every time. You need to wake up early, so you try your best to get to sleep early, but...

You get so anxious about falling asleep that you can't fall asleep. Instead, you think about all of these things instead...
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You get so anxious about falling asleep that you can't fall asleep. Instead, you think about all of these things instead...

You try to think about nothing.

You've always heard that it's easy to get to sleep if you just turn off your brain and think about nothing at all.
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You've always heard that it's easy to get to sleep if you just turn off your brain and think about nothing at all.

Except, you can't think about nothing.

Instead, you worry about whether or not you can wake up on time, and you start counting how many hours of sleep you'll get if you go to sleep right now, and then you worry if you'll ever sleep again. How are you supposed to think about nothing?!
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Instead, you worry about whether or not you can wake up on time, and you start counting how many hours of sleep you'll get if you go to sleep right now, and then you worry if you'll ever sleep again. How are you supposed to think about nothing?!

You've already tried every method you've ever heard for getting to sleep quickly.

You've drunk the warm milk, you've swaddled yourself in blankets... nothing works.
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You've drunk the warm milk, you've swaddled yourself in blankets... nothing works.

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You envy people who can fall asleep easily.

Why I am like this?! Is this just how my body is? Is it something about my lifestyle?
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Why I am like this?! Is this just how my body is? Is it something about my lifestyle?

You want to look at your phone, but resist the temptation.

Because you've heard that the light from phone screens is bad for sleep.
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Because you've heard that the light from phone screens is bad for sleep.

After a while of laying around doing nothing, you start to get pretty bored.

Bored, but not sleepy. Of course.
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Bored, but not sleepy. Of course.

You constantly check to clock, and you're surprised by how late it is each time you look.

How is it 4 a.m. already?! I'm only going to get three hours of sleep at this point!
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How is it 4 a.m. already?! I'm only going to get three hours of sleep at this point!

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You cave and look at your phone.

Who cares if it keeps you up. You couldn't sleep anyway.
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Who cares if it keeps you up. You couldn't sleep anyway.

And then you start watching videos.

You couldn't fall asleep anyway!!!
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You couldn't fall asleep anyway!!!

When you get really desperate, you consider catching up on your reading.

Maybe you can find something boring enough to put you to sleep.
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Maybe you can find something boring enough to put you to sleep.

You finally start to feel sleepy just as the sky starts to get a little brighter...

Suddenly your body is ready for eight hours of sleep.
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Suddenly your body is ready for eight hours of sleep.

And then right as you get to sleep, it's time to wake up.

Well, I guess I'll have to get through today on five minutes of sleep.
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Well, I guess I'll have to get through today on five minutes of sleep.

This post was translated from Japanese.