Most mornings I wake into a state of anxious alertness and instantly begin to ruminate about the day ahead. I go out like a light at night, but back on as if the same switch has been flipped in the morning.
I’ve tried to narrow down the root causes of this unease over the years, initially blaming my poor ‘sleep health’. But I go to bed and wake at pretty much the same time each day. I don’t need an alarm clock so don’t suffer from the jolt of a rude awakening. I stopped drinking alcohol. I tried cutting out caffeine. I eat reasonably healthily. I get some exercise. These factors have all helped me sleep well but I still wake with a racing heart and head.