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Why can't I sleep at night?

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Last Updated: 09/26/2020 at 5:56am
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Cielxblu
September 26th, 2014 12:12am
I can't sleep at night because i have insomnia, this prevents me from going to sleep regularly like others
JukeBox132
April 6th, 2015 12:01am
There are many reasons you may be struggling. Whether it be using a screen before bed (phone or laptop), eating sugar prior to sleeping, or staying up because of thoughts running through your mind. Once you figure out what the reason may be, then there are different options to choose for to figure out what will help you best sleep.
TheVideoGamerFanatic
October 8th, 2014 1:37pm
Maybe you have anxiety problems. You could also have a sleeping disorder. But I think this is a anxiety problem. Refer to the anxiety guide.
MrWhoa
October 17th, 2014 10:24pm
Because it's the end of the day and we start thinking oh how we can solve all of our problems. You are not the only one. I had the same problem until I discovered www.calm.com Wear your headphones and try it. I hope that will help you as it helps me.
Anonymous
May 18th, 2016 1:14am
Because I have insomnia and it keeps me up till 1 am listening to music and reading and chatting :-)
Anonymous
June 5th, 2016 12:37pm
Because you have to re-learn how to properly sleep. How to put both your mind and body into a "I want to sleep" situation.
Freebirdie
April 21st, 2016 11:40am
Maybe you're sleeping in the day. If you want to change your sleeping pattern then try to avoid caffeine and shift 1hour everyday. For example if you wake up at 10am and sleep at 10pm then sleep at 9pm and wake up at 9am. Try to avoid mobile, laptop, etc when you're about to sleep. Mediating before sleep can help too. Avoid caffeinated drinks before 5hours of sleep. Don't eat too much or too little before sleep. If once you achieve your desired sleep pattern, don't disturb it due to weekend
WOlfDima
April 23rd, 2016 5:06pm
Ot could either be a biological problem like not having a comfortable bed, addiction to your cell phone,loud noises in the night, etc. or it could be a psychological problem like tension, fear for some phobias, depression, stress,etc. it's your job to know what exactly is going in your life which bothers your sleep.. Apart from that, you can try to do meditation, simple breathing exercises, yoga, or certain tricks to get a good sleep. For more contact me. Ps- reduce the intake of caffeine and soda drinks including redbull and you'll be fine 😊
Tutunan
May 13th, 2016 6:17pm
Because you are not in the place where you want to wake up! Your brain does not want to be there and it may try to communicate with you by not letting you sleep.
Mari3
May 19th, 2016 2:51am
Trouble sleeping at night is can be caused by many factors. Physical, mental and emotional. Too much caffeine especially before bed can cause you to become restless and jittery. Some medications can also effect your sleep pattern. Stress may also keep you up at night. If your worried about something (like bills or a test for example) you may find it hard to calm your mind. Seeing a doctor is the best way to know though whats keeping you up at night as there are many sleep disorders and a majority of people go undiagnosed for years.
imsandeep
July 15th, 2016 3:46pm
it may be due to internet addiction or sleep disorder or your own health problem.if you are facing that problem from many days then immediately consult a doctor
Girlwithsuperpower
November 24th, 2017 2:31pm
Our life is to be enjoy, it should be live up to how much you can.if you sleep too much I think you have wasted some pre IOUs time of your life.anything is good if it doesn't exists its limit.
Anonymous
December 16th, 2017 8:54pm
It could be insomnia, or something simple as an uncomfortable mattress or room temperature. Or it could be fear, whether a fear of the dark, crime that happens at night or something thats happening the next day. There are many factors in sleep and how well you sleep.
newday17
December 28th, 2017 1:47am
It could be an issue with your melatonin levels. I'd recommend speaking with your primary doctor about the issue if it's a consistent problem. Other times, it's possible that you just have too much on your mind or too many bright lights in the room. Try limiting the distractions.
Jennifer164
January 13th, 2018 2:00pm
Maybe because you have something in mind that is not letting you sleep.Maybe just try sharing your thoughts and feelings with people in order to feel light,which will help you feel better.You can have a warm cup of milk before going to bed,that will also help you.
clearyourhead
January 26th, 2018 1:30am
There are probably a few factors to why you can't sleep at night. A big one is probably stress. Also it may be due to insomnia or another medical reason.
elpresidentedelibros
February 15th, 2018 9:14pm
If you are stressed or anxious about something going on in your daily life this can contribute to an inability to go to sleep. Additionally, you need about 30 minutes of screen-free time before you go to sleep to keep from disrupting your circadian rhythm. Eating close to the time when you sleep can also keep you awake.
healingUnicorns55
February 17th, 2018 4:47am
If you drink a lot of coffee or tea that could be a cause or if you are stressed or worried it can be alot harder to sleep. Try laying down for an hour or so and if you still can't sleep try to get up and maybe get a glass or water or watch a short TV show. This has worked for me.
Simie
February 28th, 2018 3:15pm
Try to understand what emotions you are feeling during those times when you try to fall asleep. Compare how you feel and act with that of the symptoms of insomnia. Understand what might be the cause if possible of your lack of sleep, possible distractions, possible emotions; anxiety/stress. Learn how to deflect those emotions so you can better relax in an attempt to sleep.
Thegirlwhowrites101
March 2nd, 2018 3:13am
There can be many reasons for this, maybe something is keeping you up? The only way to know for sure is to see a doctor. It may help if you stop watching tv, computers and phones one hour before you go to sleep.
SorrowfulSerendipity
March 2nd, 2018 2:00pm
This may a direct result of many factors. Sometimes it may be due to racing thought or anxiety, try to identify if there is anything worrying or stressing you out and if so you could address these issues separately. You could also attempt some relaxation techniques such as meditation or deep breathing as this will calm you down before you go to bed . Sometimes when you study or eat or watch tv in your bed your brain can begin to associate your bed with those activities as well as sleep, try to do these things in different places, that way when you are in bed your brain will only associate this with sleep. Using electronics before bed can also result in not being able to fall asleep, aim to not look at bright screens for an hour before you go to sleep, if this doesn't suit you turn down the brightness on your phone/etc and adjust the display to have a warmer tone at night as this will soothe your eyes and won't strain them as much in the dark. Try and make your bed as comfortable as you can whether this is with the use of another blanket or pillow or a new duvet, you may feel uncomfortable without realising it. Going outside and exercise has also been proven to help with sleeping patterns, aim to go outside for at least 20 minutes a day and do at least some mild exercise if possible. If not don't kick yourself about it there are many other things which can help with this issue. If you have ended up trying everything that you can think of and this problem still persists it may be a good idea to speak to your doctor and inquire about a sleep disorder such as insomnia.
Anonymous
March 4th, 2018 1:59am
A couple reasons why you may not be able to sleep well throughout the night could be due to an illnesses that kept you up all night, overthinking about a thought or an event happening either in past or future, obsessive compulsive disorder, adhd are some examples to list.
Anonymous
March 24th, 2018 1:44am
There can be multiple reasons such as anxiety, sudden change of daily routines or winter/summertime. Our biological clock urges us to slapp at night and be awake and active during say so it's important to maintain that.
gracefulSoul81
April 5th, 2018 10:34pm
Are you on your phone? Did you have something sugary to eat before you slept? Maybe there is some aneixty on what will happen tomorrow? Is there some relaxing music you can listen too? Are you prepared for tomorrow?
ifyouknowtocountcountwithme
June 1st, 2018 3:48pm
That's hard to say. It could be from anxiety to a problem which needs treatment from a doctor. I think you should consider go and see a doctor. Also.... That's too bad, that affects so much your everyday life. Get better soon!
optimisticMagic0014
April 22nd, 2020 7:07am
Sometimes it is very hard for me to sleep at night because either my head is preoccupied, I have too much energy, or I have a low level of melatonin in my body. I do not always have the best sleeping experience but want to. Sleeping. my best offer for getting solid goog sleep is to clear your head and think about relaxing and your adrenaline level will go down because of melatonin levels you need it to kick in and everything be better and more soothing. I suggest you all to maybe read before bed. and do something relaxing beside being on electronic
Anonymous
May 28th, 2020 2:59pm
Loss of sleep at night could be due to many reasons. For me it's mostly stress. Stressing too much about anything makes me anxious and lose sleep. Fear of nightmares makes me stay up at night too. Also does overthinking. Some days I find myself up late at night thinking and rethinking about any incident or someone. You may be also suffering from insomnia. Its important to have a regular sleep-wake cycle. Sleeping and waking up at random time everyday can cause sleeplessness and other problems. Recognizing why you cant sleep is the first step and you try to free yourself from them. Also you can try some heavy exercise so that you are tired and you can sleep easily. Eating habits affects sleep too. Try to have a balance diet including vegetables. Also reading a book before sleeping helps too. Good luck. I hope you can sleep well soon.
Leo15
July 3rd, 2020 6:28pm
Sleep problems can be caused by a lot of reasons. One common reason could be that you're looking at a small screen like your phone close to when your sleeping. Because your phone is a relatively small screen, it stresses your eyes meaning that you are not quite able to sleep immediately. Another reason could be if you are doing vigorous exercise prior to sleeping. This means that your heart rate is still elevated, making it harder for your body to fall asleep as your muscles are receiving more blood. Another reason could be that you have too many thoughts from the day which is causing you to stress or worry to the extent where your brain can't relax.
Evertonest
July 31st, 2020 2:30am
There are many potential reasons to why people struggle to fall asleep. I can list some reasons, and you may have to see which one(s) apply to you. YOU'RE LOOKING AT BLUE LIGHT Perhaps you've tried sleeping after being exposed to electronic devices that emit blue light, like your phone, laptop, TV, or computer. Looking at blue light right before you sleep makes it hard to fall asleep. To help fall asleep, don't look at your electronic devices at least an hour before you sleep. YOU USE YOUR BEDROOM FOR THINGS OTHER THAN SLEEPING If you use your bedroom for anything other an sleeping or sex, it is harder to fall asleep. There is empirical evidence that your environment can determine your behaviour. If you use your room for only sleeping for example, whenever you use your room, you'll feel like sleeping. YOUR BODY CLOCK HAS NOT ADAPTED Perhaps you're used to sleeping a certain time (say 11pm). Your body becomes programmed to fall asleep at 11pm. If you then try and sleep earlier (say 10pm or earlier), you would struggle to fall asleep since your body was programmed to sleep at 10pm. To reprogram your body clock to fall asleep at your desired time, go to bed slightly earlier every night (say about 15 minutes) from your original sleeping time until you reach your desired sleeping time. TOO MUCH BRAIN ACTIVITY BEFORE YOU SLEEP If you do something mentally or physically stimulating before you sleep (like playing computer games, or doing exercise), it your brain is too active to fall asleep when you want to. Avoid mentally stimulating activities or exercise say about an hour before sleeping. ANXIETY Perhaps you are worried or anxious over something. You keep worrying about the future, playing through scenarios of what you think might happen. Or, perhaps you're replaying in your head past events that were unpleasant over and over. CLOSING REMARKS This list is not exhaustive - there may be other reason to why you can't fall asleep at night.
Anonymous
September 23rd, 2020 8:18pm
Maybe there is something bothering you. Are you scared of anything? Or maybe you aren't comfortable, make sure you have everything you need with you. Take a hot bath or shower before bed to help you relax. Avoid caffeinated drinks a few hours before bed. Avoid getting on your phone or being around bluelight before bed as this can keep you awake. If you can't get to sleep when you lay down, don't just lay there. You can get up and do something productive. Maybe you have some laundry to do or something you were putting off around the house. You can also try reading before bed to help you calm down and unwind.