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Why can't I fall asleep even though I'm tired?

14 Answers
Last Updated: 04/02/2018 at 10:20am
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August 18th, 2015 10:09pm
Sometimes it's troubling thoughts that keep us awake. Naming your emotions can help. Other times it's our environment. Change your environment to one that is conducive to sleep.
June 18th, 2015 2:35am
Because your brain is still active. Something is causing your brain to keep functioning past when your physiological body knows it's time to rest.
February 10th, 2015 12:59am
Anxiousness could be the cause. Lots of thoughts swirling in your head can prevent you're brain from shutting down at night. Writing them out (you don't even need to try to solve them) or trying a mindfulness meditation (which you can find a guided video on Youtube) can help to calm your mind down.
September 15th, 2015 5:17pm
U likely have a sleep disorder, insomnia being the most common and well known one. There is different type and causes of insomnia. There is lots of information on sleep disorders available on the internet. I recommend doing a search of a list of sleep disorder to try to figure about which one or two your symptoms most closely identify with. Use wikipedia and a search engine to find out more information on those illnesses and how you can treat. speak to a professional about your sleep issue, and seek advice.
December 22nd, 2015 7:55am
there could be a variety of things keeping you up at night, but heres a few: eating too soon to bed keeps your body up and digesting food. using electronics isn't good for your eyes too close to bed, as the led lights can signal daytime, which means time to be awake! another reason you can't fall asleep is you're too warm, its easier to sleep when its a little cooler.
April 11th, 2015 10:38am
I've often experienced this myself. For me the problem is generally that I wake up in the middle of the night and can't get back to sleep. So instead of lying in bed and maybe thinking about this and that or worrying about something or getting distressed about being unable to sleep, I get up and do something, e.g. meditate or read a book (but NOT a distressful book) for a while, and then try to get back to sleep again. This works surprisingly often for me. Often it's my mind that is making me unable to sleep, because I can't stop thinking about something. So to get up and distract my mind for a while sometimes helps me fall asleep again.
April 12th, 2015 8:50pm
Your mind might be working through things you're anxious about, or you might be struggling with insomnia.
October 27th, 2015 7:20am
It could be anxiety even though your body is tired your brain is in balls of stress, a lack of relaxation could make this worse
April 2nd, 2018 10:20am
You could have insomnia, which is something I used to struggle with until I was prescribed with Melatonin. It could also be due to a number of other things, such as the blue light from your phone screen or stress and anxiety.
November 9th, 2015 11:37pm
i would say it's due to you having something on your mind that is stimulating your brain enough to keep you awake.
January 29th, 2018 9:33am
Something like this often happens because of some sort of stress in your life. If there is some sort of problem, talk to someone you trust, or try other methods of relaxing your mind before going to sleep
February 15th, 2016 5:25pm
There´s a few tips and tricks for falling asleep more easily. First of all, you should not sit by a computer/tv/celphone before you are going to sleep, they keep your brain awake. Drinking hot milk works for some people and tea are supposed to be realaxing. Listening to music might be a suggestion aswell. If nothing works, you might wanna get it checked by a proffesional, that way you can get the help and medication you need.
December 5th, 2017 10:57pm
Because that constant worry and anxiety keeps youse up and constantly eats away at youse resulting in youse not bein able to sleep at night
January 30th, 2018 8:00am
Usually it's because you have a lot in your mind, making your mind feel stimulated and keeping you awake despite feeling tired. Another possible cause is insomnia.