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Why do I feel so tired, but at the same time I'm unable to rest?

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Last Updated: 11/28/2020 at 12:48am
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February 6th, 2018 6:52am
You are emotionally restless. It has its toll on the body but emotionally you feel like there is something you need to take care of. You need to resolve the emotional issues for your body to be able to relax.
March 12th, 2015 4:31am
Because our minds our always racing to the next thing we have to do at work or for school or the something that needs to be done around the house. It's hard to find time to sit back and relax but it is very necessary!
June 30th, 2015 1:09am
My mind does not stop working even when I close my eyes. Depression takes up a lot of energy, yet it makes me scared to fall asleep.
May 6th, 2015 2:07am
Is there something on your mind that keeps you from being able to calm down? If so, maybe relaxation techniques such as meditation might be a good way to change this. Another possibility would be that your body is feeling under-worked. If you stay inside a lot and don't move much, your body might have to much excess energy that it needs to get rid of. Excercising could help with that. x
August 31st, 2015 9:59pm
You may feel tired but not able to actually rest, because you mind may be too active. Sometimes you are either stress and can't function right.
February 13th, 2015 4:08pm
Anxiety/depression together is often why I find myself so tired but unable to rest. It's like I desperately need sleep but can't turn off the tape that plays in my head. Meditation and breathing exercises sometimes helps me to shut the tape off and get some much needed rest.
February 2nd, 2015 6:25am
There can be many many reasons why you might be unable to sleep. One of the most common reasons can be too much on your mind which includes being anxious, stressed out, or it can even be due to the fact that your sleeping habits are a bit off track. It is important to remember that sleep is a very important part of staying healthy and helping our bodies heal and in saying this we need to examine the things that may be hindering us from this sleep. If you feel like it may be because you are stressed out about something try and right it all down before you go to sleep that way you know you will not forget what you are thinking. Also if you have ever tried relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, that would be a great way to relax your body so that you can sleep better. One great website I like to use is
June 30th, 2015 9:25pm
It sounds like there might be something on your mind that's stopping you from getting the rest you need. Perhaps if you confronted that issue first, and found peace, you might be able to find sleep as well.
November 2nd, 2015 5:01am
It's entirely possible that you're suffering from insomnia. This can be brought on by stress in your life, especially the inappropriate management of that stress. I would recommend talking to a therapist or other trained professional to sort out the source of stress in your life.
November 10th, 2015 2:43pm
Maybe you are too tired, Try doing some relaxing exercises or activities before you go to bed. Such as drink a glass of milk/yoga/meditation and movie or anything like that.
November 27th, 2017 10:11pm
some times that happens when i'm depressed or in a depressed mood even if its not serious have you maybe been sad lately?
April 30th, 2018 4:51pm
Being tired isn’t only because of physical agents but also because of mental exhaustion.Maybe if you tried to search for peace of mind and mental rest,you wouldn’t feel that kind of tired?
January 19th, 2016 8:18am
You might be preoccupied, in your head. You couldpossibly being bothered by somthi g in the back of your head. Try to find it and solve it.
January 14th, 2019 12:03pm
I see your going through a bit of insomnia. That can mean a hundred things. Maybe your feeling anxious about somethjng going on. Do you think your feeling anxious? If so why? When I can’t sleep it’s because I’m scared someone will break in. One of my biggest fears. I don’t wish it upon anybody. Are you a student? Most student go through a lot of anxiety. Either having to be social, taking a test, having pressure put on you. Lots of student get in the habit of not sleeping. Maybe this is a similar situation? Hope this helped? Let me know
December 17th, 2019 9:16am
Stress and anxiety can have a profound impact on your internal well being in many ways. If you find yourself tired yet cant rest or relax I have discovered that exercise and meditation really help out to ease stress and bring your center of focus on the present rather than the past or worries of he future. if you get your mind stuck or hard wire it to be in a constant state of panic or stress, it may take longer exercise or meditation sessions to rewire it to a calmer state. Good luck and hope this helps those with this issue!
November 28th, 2020 12:48am
Adults who have trouble having enough sleep usually get merely minutes of rest instead of the full 8 hours of sleep. This lack of sleep can be caused by many problems ranging from foods (or anything you consume) to common medical conditions, e.g., alcohol and caffeine consumption, disturbed circadian rhythm, fluctuating energy levels, blue light from devices, diet high in sugar, and restless leg syndrome. There are sleep disorders like sleep apnea that may cause you to not be able to get much sleep despite your fatigue. While pills and other medications or treatments can be used to have better sleep experiences, they may not be good for your overall health or are simply overkill.

A few things you can do to help you sleep better: 1) Keep your bedroom dark and cool, between 60–67°F (15–19°C).
2) Consider leaving your phone and other devices in another room.
3) If noises disturb your slumber, try earplugs or a white noise machine.
4) Stick to calming tasks before bed, such as reading, journaling, or meditation.

If you find your mind keeps wandering around while you’re trying to rest, do practice meditation regularly in the morning and night to counteract your inability to concentrate. A good book on meditation is “With Each & Every Breath: A Guide to Meditation” by Thanissaro Bhikkhu, and is provided freely here:

If you have tried everything but you still can’t get good results, please talk to your doctor.