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Why can't I sleep at night?

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Last Updated: 11/27/2020 at 3:42pm
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October 23rd, 2014 8:14pm
Check out the self help guide on sleeping well! But it could be a number of things, it could be stress or anger. Basically anything.
October 26th, 2014 8:24pm
Are you stressed about things going on at school, or at home? Perhaps a relationship? A lot of times stress is the major cause of not being able to sleep, as stress releases chemicals in your body, that increase adrenaline, which gives you the boost of energy.
October 28th, 2014 9:15am
You can't sleep at night because you have thoughts going on with your mind or you might be spending much time on the internet.
October 29th, 2014 8:45pm
The biggest factor will be because of stress and over thinking. If you're continuously stressing out you will feel to tense to be able to relax. Stress affects our bodies and mind. Overthinking is also affected by stress. If you overthink you aren't letting your mind rest thus keeping you awake. If it helps, perhaps write out your thoughts so you aren't so jumbled and scatter brained as one would say.
October 31st, 2014 12:12am
It may be something as simple as you're too hot or cold, to your mind doesn't sleep when your body needs to. Try calming your thoughts and breathing deeply. Don't get frustrated because you can't sleep, because that will only make sleep even more unattainable.
November 1st, 2014 3:32pm
In a few studies, they say that you should not go onto technology an hour before you go to sleep. Also having caffeine anytime after the late afternoon can affect your sleep. A good technique is to write down on a piece of paper what you need to do or is worrying you and therefore you would not need to think so much before you sleep.
November 1st, 2014 4:35pm
Maybe you over think at night, it's normal because you do lot of things in the morning and evening and it all comes at night, maybe you can talk with a listener so you leave it all and try to rest :)
November 8th, 2014 11:29pm
One big reason that you might not be sleeping at night is because you are thinking too much. Try to write down all your thoughts before you sleep.
November 12th, 2014 4:26pm
You are worrying too much about something going on in your life. You are stressed about something that you may be suppressing. Try to talk it out with someone.
November 15th, 2014 12:50pm
Not being able to sleep at night could be linked to depression or anxiety you may have, or may just be because you have got insomnia.
May 3rd, 2015 4:20pm
Try to let go of all the thoughts sitting on your mind. Write everything down on a piece of paper and put it out of mind. Hope that helps my love
December 29th, 2015 4:44pm
Not sleeping can be caused by a myriad of reasons. It can be something as simple as changing your diet and exercising more. You also might not realize that something deeper is keeping you awake. It's always best to talk to someone to get those feelings out so you can feel calm and relaxed at night.
April 17th, 2016 5:05am
Insominia is a condition where you have difficulty sleeping at night. The major causes of this condition are excessive streas, regular take of caffine , improper diet. A proper management is the best cure It is always not necessary to sort out things in life. Time is such a powerful weapon to be used to heal your situations. Once you understand this you climb a ladder to reduce your stress. Donot go to skeep on an decided hour. Sleep only wgen your eyes cant bear it.
April 20th, 2016 12:32am
At night time can be a time when you're brain over works and becomes more active than you need it to be! You could try calming exercises before bed or even meditation to calm your mind and body before trying to sleep!
April 20th, 2016 10:08am
There are a lot of possible reasons behind sleeping problems. You might be having trouble sleeping if you're worried or stressed about something. Sleep quality can also be affected by depression. Apart from that, some medications can cause symptoms of insomnia, for example clarinase tends to make me restless at night.
April 22nd, 2016 5:52am
you probably have sleeping problems, like insomnia or maybe even sleep apnea. also, there could just be a lot on your mind and it distracts you from getting a good night's sleep. lack of sleep is one of the many symptoms of depression, but i don't know if you're depressed or not, so....
April 22nd, 2016 7:36pm
Maybe it could be if you are taking medication (If not ignore this part) it might interrupt your sleep schedule. Try using less electronics at night and make sure your bed is comfy enough for you. If you are still having trouble tell your doctor this.
April 23rd, 2016 2:43am
Is this the first time this happened ? Are you thinking something? Are you worried ? Are you alcoholic? Are you on drugs? Did you change your sleeping pattern recntly? Did you exercise 1-2 hours before sleeping? Is your stomach full? Are you hungry? Hormonal imbalance? These are the factors that may affect your sleep :)
April 28th, 2016 8:49pm
There so many reasons that you might cannot sleep. see if these might be the reason : using computer a lot - any medical reason - still having too much energy
April 29th, 2016 8:26pm
Sleep deprivation can be caused by several factors, but stress and anxiety are the most common ones.
May 1st, 2016 3:47pm
There is a very wide spectrum for sleep disorders, and the causes and effects will vary from person to person. Insomnia is commonly caused because of stress, but other things can effect how well you sleep. Certain types of medication, eating schedules, etc., can effect it. When your brain activity is high, it's nearly impossible to sleep, which is why people relax to go to sleep. (Stress, usually.) For example, when you have a nightmare, eventually adrenaline hormones will shoot up that brain activity and you'll wake up. Usually the easiest thing to do to get some rest is find what relaxes you. Also, don't be afraid to shake your schedule up until you find what sort of thing works for you.
May 4th, 2016 6:52pm
Sleeping is what helps us feel better in many ways. Often stress, anxiety, etc. can make it more difficult to get a good night's rest. It is important to remember that you can get a good night's rest by following some simple steps. For example, having a relaxing bath before going to bed can make it much easier to fall asleep, and don't forget to limit your caffeine intake! Furthermore, doing mindfulness exercises, or even physical exercises can be useful for helping us sleep. Remember that you can discuss your sleeping patterns with your doctor at anytime, and they can refer you to other specialists who can help / prescribe you some medication to make it easier to sleep. You do not have to suffer insomnia alone. Happy sheep counting! :)
May 6th, 2016 12:14pm
Sometimes you have to much on your mind to sleep or you may have insomnia if you are having trouble sleeping you should probably try to focus on one thing and try to not eat sugar or caffeine for at least an hour or two before bed
May 7th, 2016 5:05am
overthinking? I know what that's like, don't go on your phone before bed, it tempts you instead read, or do a crossword puzzle something that you will doze off to, I've done it and it really helps
May 7th, 2016 4:08pm
Why you most likely can't fall asleep, is because you worry too much about the past or future. Well, that is my experience.
May 7th, 2016 6:18pm
At night you tend to over think and your brain is trying to process all these thoughts at one go but unfortunately can't so in turn stops you from sleeping at night .
May 13th, 2016 10:34am
You could be stressing about something without realizing. Mental wellbeing is just as important as your physical wellbeing.
May 13th, 2016 3:09pm
You should probably talk to a parent and/or doctor about this. It's possible that you have insomnia or maybe you're just depressed. But only you can figure out you.
May 18th, 2016 5:25pm
I personally find it difficult to sleep at night when I have had a uneventful day so to prevent that i always try to do something new or exciting most days
May 18th, 2016 7:22pm
Do not sleep during the day. Try to have a journal and write down all your feelings down before attempting to fall asleep. Turn off all the lights. Maybe investing in a white noise radio if you do not have one. Put down electronic devices