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why am I tired all day but I am wide awake at night?

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Last Updated: 11/15/2021 at 5:51pm
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December 10th, 2015 3:33am
Could be altered sleeping pattern issues. You might have gotten used to something made you busy during the night then you slept on the morning and possibly had difficulty adjusting since then. Might also be a recurrent pattern of altered sleeping pattern and your body has finally adapted to it.
December 11th, 2015 3:58am
I have the same issue! I feel it's just because I'm nocturnal, but it is a savage cycle considering that very few people operate that way. It's because your body's circadian rhythms are different from anyone else's. However, this isn't a healthy habit to cling to, so I try to readjust myself every so often.
December 16th, 2015 12:29am
You don't get enough sleep for yourself or you are sleeping at the wrong time of the day so switch your sleeping schedule
December 17th, 2015 7:32am
This can be a different reason for many people. I find that the most common reason is that your mind is racing and having so many thoughts and keeping you up.
January 31st, 2016 2:42pm
This is a result of your messed up body clock. You need to force yourself to get your body clock correct again.
February 6th, 2016 5:39am
Because it's probably the amount of time you sleep or if you sleep all day or maybe it's school.Maybe you should try to eat healthier or just stay off technology for a bit or go outside. :)
July 16th, 2018 5:51pm
Because your body use to be night clock and light clock will be off. You must try to sleep early or use any relex music at night to help you to fall asleep
August 18th, 2015 2:47pm
This all has to do with the sleeping pattern you have set for yourself. You have adapted this possible at a young age and have stuck with it.
December 8th, 2015 8:19pm
It sometimes depends on your mental state. If one has depression or anxiety one is likely to be exhausted but unable to sleep. I recommend hypnosis for relaxation/sleep, which anyone can find on YouTube.
December 9th, 2015 3:48pm
When you are going about your day you have tasks that require energy and direct attention away from your thoughts. When you go to bed you are able to pay attention to your thoughts and they end of keeping you awake.
December 9th, 2015 7:11pm
Maybe you have been able to set your biological clock that ways by staying up late on a regular basis. Or a less likely reason could be that you may be suffering from a mild form of insomnia and you should consult a medical professional for the same.
December 10th, 2015 9:39am
Because when youre very tired for a long period of time, and all you want to do is sleep all day, youre brain goes caveman mode and creates hormones that keep your body/brain going, because your brain (not your conscience/selfaware part of your brain.) thinks you wont be able to get sleep for a long time so it basically gives you lots of hormones that keep you awake, just like a hunter 4,000 years ago would stay up for days surviving, at first he would be tired, but after a while his body/brain would give him a burst of hormones/energy to keep you up, so you don't fall asleep in the middle of fending of a bear/lion/wolf/buffalo/unicorn. TL;RD: Youre body gives you lots of hormones/energy when you have been up for a long time, to keep you up and alert.
December 10th, 2015 11:45am
Being tired all day but awake at night could be due to having a fear of something happening while you sleep or thay your brain is being over active preventing you from sleeping. It is also a chance that you could suffer from insomnia hich often causes you from struggling to sleep at night but being tired throughout the day. If this is a continuous occur ancestors try speaking to a professional health carer such as a gp.
December 10th, 2015 6:06pm
maybe youre think about many things before sleeping.Please care yourself and go to bed more earlier!
December 11th, 2015 2:46am
quite a few people have this problem and it can be caused by the back lighting on things like phones and computers, coming off of these devices around 2 hours before you go to bed can help this and avoiding doing things like drinking coffee and doing homework ect can also help
December 11th, 2015 8:13am
Like right now at night is when I more than ever contemplate my life choices and inticapate upcoming problems and possible events that would put me in a rut. I think of what i wouldve done differently and how it not only hurts me but someone elsw I care for following the feeling of shame that lingers everywhere you go
December 11th, 2015 2:39pm
You may have a sleeping disorder,or maybe lack in nutrients or vitamins.Or you may have a different circadian
December 11th, 2015 2:54pm
Overthinking is s good way to stay up. Good thing is there are a multitude of ways that you can help yourself. I watch relaxing videos, or I meditate.
December 13th, 2015 4:01am
Well, my guess is that it's probably sleep apnia, go to your physician and talk to him. He will probably give you medicine.
December 16th, 2015 9:20am
the reason why you are tired all day and fresh at night is that you are stressed out and the thoughts are bothering you, which makes you stay awake all night.
December 17th, 2015 10:23am
it's because you have something on your mind which don't let you sleep peacefully at night, as a result you are tired all day...
December 24th, 2015 2:34pm
It means you are having sleeping disorder problems. try to use this therapy: at the morning get enough amount of sunlight, do this daily
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December 25th, 2015 8:36pm
You are what we called a "Night owl" which can be just your mind set to where you are tired all day and awake at night. You may have the most common sleeping disorder called insomnia which can be treated with home remedys or medication.
December 26th, 2015 4:43pm
Your body made feel more comfortable being active at night, try talking to a doctor about it to find out if it's nothing to worry about or if there's more to it.
December 27th, 2015 11:17pm
I am like that too. I consider us night owls. Not always a bad thing haha, Try staying up all day and all night and then set a healthy sleeping schedule.
December 30th, 2015 6:49pm
insomnia is often caused by the rush of many thoughts and scenarios simulations which means it's not always related to the lack of the need of sleep
January 20th, 2016 5:51pm
Sometimes our daily activities and even our choices in food can affect our sleep! We often don't realize how much caffeine we consume in a day which actually causes and can lead to tired & sluggish ways .... Over time causing each day to be more and more "tiresome" and then in turn keeping us up at night leading to an endless cycle of keeping up each day w even more caffeine and the effects of the caffeine kicking in at night it is imperative to get the rest we need at night! Our bodies are on a cycle and the caffeine and sugar consumed throughout the day catches up w us in more negative ways than we even realize!
January 24th, 2016 2:58am
Do you take naps during the day time if you do then your body will get used to the change and adapt the that change.
January 24th, 2016 6:01pm
What we night person feel. I think it's because our mind are more active at night.
October 7th, 2019 3:20am
It might be that you are drinking caffeinated drinks late in the day, so your body is unable to process it in time, keeping you awake. Or perhaps you drink too much coffee during the day since you are so tired, and it kicks in late. Another thing to consider is your stress and anxiety levels. Maybe you're finding it hard to turn off your thoughts at night. Maybe you are stressing out about not being able to sleep! In cases like this, it might help to get out of bed for a couple of minutes, read a little bit or drink some water or do some other type of activity that might get your mind off the cycle, and get back to bed afterwards.