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I think perseverate would be a better term. We can’t get our minds to move onto the next thing. When we sleep there are not external distractions to catch our attention and help us get unstuck. One thing that has helped me is to pick something really boring to focus my attention on. For example I count backwards from 100 and don’t let my mind think of anything else. Because it is a boring task the goal is to be asleep before I reach 1. As soon as the pervasive thought creeps back in I push it out and continue counting. If this still doesn’t help, I may read something which again distracts me from the original thought. (but not on a screen.)