Do you often get really motivated late at night but feel apathetic after waking up?

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Then, you might have anxiety.

If you find that you get really motivated late at night rather than in the morning there the reason might have to do with anxiety. The fundamentals are pretty simple, your memory works better after you wake up than late at night. This means:

  1. You will find you don’t get distracted as much at night
  2. You will find you are more prone to make mistakes at night
  3. You will be unable to recall events at night that you would be able to recall in the morning
  4. If something is troubling you, you are less likely to even sense it at night

It’s literally like your brain is half asleep, the later it gets the more non-important processes it begins to shutdown. In the morning, you have access to 2-3 times the amount of memories than you do during the late night. Your brain is like a world map, or a globus, that slowly shrinks and loses detail throughout the day. It is only full size, and full resolution, in the morning. This is often why you regret things immediately after waking up in the morning.

If like many you are apathetic in the morning because something is bothering you after you wake up. It can be hard to pinpoint what it is, but if you find yourself reluctant to do anything, it may be that you are in fact anxious, or think you might become anxious, and would therefore rather stay in bed. The reason you do not feel these things late at night may be because your brain simply is more relaxed and dull. You can’t be anxious if your brain is numb.

There could be any number of reasons for underlying anxiety, but if it is the case, then you could potentially solve whatever it is that makes you anxious, and you might be able to be equally motivated when you wake up.

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