Going to bed after a bad day

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Mistake #5: You Try to Move On
You want this day to end. You want to put it behind you. Starting right now. That's smart, to be sure, except if there's something specific that's bugging you. In a 2010 study in the journal Consciousness and Cognition, people who were instructed to suppress a distressing thought prior to going to bed were more likely to dream about it, a phenomenon called "dream rebound." The lesson: It's okay to invite negative thoughts into your head. Simply acknowledging what happened or why you were angry and upset before sleep could be the ticket to sweet dreams—and a less grumpy tomorrow.