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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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Top Rated Answers
May 19th, 2016 1:06am
You may be under stress! Try and relax before you go to sleep, but don't go on your phone! Blue light may disrupt sleep!
May 19th, 2016 5:07pm
there might be something on your mind that is really bothering you. or maybe you suffer from sleep anemia and need some medicine. i used to take Meletonin, and that works.
May 19th, 2016 9:42pm
I can't diagnose, but I can't because I have insomnia, which is easily treated. Go to a doctor or a counselor. They can tell you what to do. It also might be that you are upset, in which case talk to a counselor.
May 20th, 2016 10:52pm
At night my mind races. I hear music, so I listen to music to make it stop resulting in memories or reminding me of embarrassing moments. Some are good memories. If I'm anxious or have plans I can't sleep because I am planning out every detail in my head. I have nightmares from anxiety sometimes resulting in not being able to go back to sleep as well.
May 25th, 2016 12:22am
if you have an anxiety disorder you may ruminate about events that have happened and your mind makes them seem worse and you cant stop thinking which prevents sleep
May 25th, 2016 8:02pm
Maybe you're not tired enough. Make sure you did some sport or just moved during the day. If you move a lot, you'll sleep better because you are more tired.
May 29th, 2016 5:58pm
Well there may just be a many of answers to this question maybe you have stress on your mind or maybe something is troubling you?
June 1st, 2016 2:03am
You may be an Insomniac, though that depends on how bad your issue is. It also depends on your sleeping habits and schedules. Try setting an average time to go to sleep and wake up. Also, avoid electronics an hour before bed.
June 1st, 2016 2:07pm
You might have a lot of things on your mind, things that you may be subconsciously thinking of but are not aware of.
June 1st, 2016 8:34pm
There are a variety of reasons that you could be awake at night. You could have a sleeping disorder, anxiety, or you could simply be thinking about too much to have the ability to sleep. Observe for yourself and you might find the answer through just that.
June 2nd, 2016 4:19pm
Whenever I can't sleep at night it's normally because I've got something on my mind, I'm thinking too much or I'm worried. What I do to help this is, I get my notebook and I write down all the things I'm thinking about at the time and all the things worrying me. I then write why they are worrying me and then I go on to write why they shouldn't worry me. I like to get a hot drink (normally tea) and listen to the sound of rain from youtube videos. I hope this helps. :)
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June 5th, 2016 2:33am
There are many reasons why you cant sleep at night such as: sleeping conditions, stress, anxiety or depression. It could be that the temp is not right in the room for you to sleep comfortably. You can try drinking water, herb tea, or melatonin vitamins to see if it helps you sleep better. (Console your doctor first before trying any vitamins or medication)
June 12th, 2016 2:44am
There could me many many reasons to not being able to sleep at night thinking to much, isomnia, and many others
June 12th, 2016 4:43am
You could have insomnia, ( which is a sleep disorder ) or you could be like me, who has a very hard time falling asleep.
June 13th, 2016 10:53pm
It could be casued by overhinking or being to hot or nervose about something :) You can always try home remedis google it :)
June 16th, 2016 8:38am
I'd recommend exercise to tire you out and/or a warm bath to relax you if you're pumped about something.
June 16th, 2016 4:56pm
There are so many reasons why people can't sleep at night; insomnia your brain won't be quiet, stimuli, your body doesn't feel physically tired. You can try basic things for it like not using electronics before bed or making a routine before you go to bed to train your body to know when to go to sleep.
June 22nd, 2016 2:15pm
It all depends on what you're dealing with. Sometimes you have so much on your mind your brain just can't rest. Other times it could be that your internal clock is messed up because you're used to staying up all night. In more extreme cases you could also have a sleep disorder.
June 25th, 2016 3:47pm
Ideally, your bedroom shouldn’t have any lights on, especially light emitted from a TV or any electronic device. When your eyes are exposed to light during the night, your brain is tricked into thinking it’s time to wake up and reduces the production of melatonin, a hormone released by your pineal gland that causes sleepiness and lowers body temperature. Light emitted by electronic devices is especially troublesome because it mimics sunlight.
June 26th, 2016 9:40pm
Sometimes I can't sleep at night because I have something big happening tomorrow that I'm scared or worried about. All the bad thoughts make my heart race and my adreneline run, making it impossible to sleep!
June 28th, 2016 7:46pm
Maybe there's a problem which is making you over think about it. Or because you changed the place you usually used to sleep in. Or maybe because of too much cafiene like tea and coffee. Or maybe because you use your mobile before you go to sleep.
July 1st, 2016 2:33am
Maybe you have too much on your mind. It's always good to go to bed with a clear mind. It helps you sleep better and longer
July 2nd, 2016 11:27pm
There are a few reasons for that most likely. One, stop trying to sleep. Focusing on sleep brings up your stress, making it harder. Two, maybe you are just awake. Try finding something else to do first, maybe read a book, or watch YouTube.
July 6th, 2016 9:23pm
Sometimes It's hard for me to sleep due to my anxiety. However, I go on websites like this or talk to my friends to help me out.
July 9th, 2016 11:14am
There can be many reasons why you can't sleep at night. For myself when I can't sleep at night it is because there is too much activity going on in my brain. For others, they are tired but they still can't sleep. Some people have sleep apnea and some people have insomnia. But I can't exactly say why you can't sleep. I don't know you. Only you know you. and only a doctor can tell you why you can't sleep at night
July 16th, 2016 5:16pm
You must have too many thoughts running around you head. It's hard I know but you will learn ways to block them out.
July 28th, 2016 10:28pm
There are many reasons that you might not be able to sleep at night. It might help to have a look at something called 'sleep hygiene' or have a look through the self help guide for sleep :)
July 31st, 2016 3:23am
Thinking about too much is a common problem that can cause restlessness. Try to tame racing thoughts with free meditation apps and videos!
August 3rd, 2016 3:18am
Hmmm do you have a busy mind these days? Perhaps there is a lot going on in your head these days and some counselling/art /or music therapy could help you out
August 3rd, 2016 1:57pm
Don't drink coffee after 2pm. Try to establish a comfortable night time routine to relax you - try meditation and deep breathing to calm down and get rid of unwanted thoughts and feelings