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Why can't I sleep at night?

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Last Updated: 06/06/2020 at 10:49am
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August 11th, 2016 4:50pm
Your brain controls your sleep schedule in a place in the brain called the hypothalamus and when we are stressed or nervous or even excited we can't sleep. This is caused by the hormone production happening in the brain. There is natural medications you can try to sleep such as melatonin 5 or 10 milligrams. This will add the right chemicals in your brain to sleep all through the night. You can try other things before bedtime too, to make you sleepy such as, reading a book, listening to soft slow music, listening to an audiobook and many more things. Put down your phone keep it on silent and make the room dark. Light keeps the brain active even when you need to sleep. Phones have been proven to cause insomnia and shouldn't be near you when trying to sleep. I know you think what if its an emergency?? well there is a sleep option it lets only the important people you choose call you when your resting. If your nervous about a school presentation read it before bed ( 15 ) minutes. Science says by doing this you will remember more information in the morning but don't over study. Over studying leads to forgetfulness because now your tired and flustered. Certain foods can make a difference in your diet to. Eat healthy during the day so you don't nap as much leading you to sleep better at night. Avoid caffeine and chocolate before bed as sleep speeds up the cardio system making you ready for a run and not a sleep. Do something relaxing like taking a hot shower before bed and you will be snoring before you know it.
August 11th, 2016 4:57pm
Not sleeping at night could be due to stress, an irregular sleep cycle, insomnia and a few more things. If it's really causing problems for you, visit your doctor.
August 18th, 2016 2:23pm
Sleeping isn't for everyone. Some people have an active mind that just refuses to be put down after dark for a while, which isn't the worst thing in the world so long as it doesn't hurt you during the day
August 18th, 2016 10:10pm
I ask myself too many questions. I have to remember that nights are moments for me to be in peace, whatever I've done wrong or whatever the problems I have.
August 19th, 2016 2:53pm
Sometimes, I reflect back on the day and realize a personal flaw of mine. Then I start building up my anxiety worrying about if others know about my flaw.
August 19th, 2016 3:29pm
There could be stress going on in your life that could be affecting your sleep cycle. There could also be medical problem linked to it, but always first look for a physical affect that could be changing your sleep pattern like moving to a new place, starting a new job, being in a new relationship, etc.
August 20th, 2016 10:13am
There can be many reasons for this but to find yours you have to see a specialist that can also treat your condition because lack depravation can become very serious
August 24th, 2016 6:24pm
I end up just thinking, whiling away the dark hours, eyes open staring at the roof. I just wonder about things, life, death on occasion if I'm lucky it may be a daydream or a fantasy. But that's always just it. I think. All I do is think.
August 24th, 2016 8:57pm
Perhaps there are too many things in your mind? Sometimes we chose the evening to think about problems instead of preparing for bed...
September 1st, 2016 8:33pm
Well, personally i can't because i can't put my brain on "pause". So what i do is read, read until my eyes fall, and that's it for me.
September 3rd, 2016 9:30am
Because you are worried about too much things or there is something that bothers you but you can't find out what it is. try to make a recap of your day, your last week to discover it .
September 9th, 2016 2:59am
Sometimes it is hard to fall asleep at nights because a lot of things are going through your mind. Sometimes we look for answers to our problems but there are no solutions. It is better offer to leave those thoughts and try to sleep.
September 10th, 2016 12:06pm
There are many reasons why one can't sleep at night. It could be because of insomnia , stress , weather or other issues.
September 19th, 2016 11:50am
I can't sleep at night because I have chronic fatigue. I get so tried that I can't fall asleep at night, but I find it easy to sleep during the day. It is important to build a night-time routine to prepare your body for sleep, and to stay asleep. Try different things like light stretching, turning of your electronics and listening to audio-books to keep your head clear.
September 21st, 2016 12:55pm
It could be you can't put your thoughts on hold. Is there something that you keep thinking about, especially when you try to sleep?
September 25th, 2016 7:09pm
Perhaps you've been feeling extremely uptight and stress, Is something bothering you? Try relaxing or reading a book!
September 30th, 2016 4:22am
A lot of people have trouble sleeping because the blue light from their electronics interferes with their body's ability to produce the hormones that make you sleepy. Try putting away electronics an hour before bed time and replacing them with a calming activity like reading a book or drinking tea.
September 30th, 2016 10:49pm
You have most likely messed up your normal sleep cycle! Try going to bed earlier, turn off the lights at least half an hour before going to bed, and possibly meditate for 10 minutes or read a book. Stay away from eating foods after a certain point in the night, before 6-8pm. You can always try natural sounds as well, played a low volume.
October 6th, 2016 8:30pm
Not getting enough sleep is very unhealthy. I can see why you are worried about this. Maybe you are dwelling on some negative thoughts while in bed, right?
October 9th, 2016 10:32am
so much thoughts running in my head. things about tmr, the week, the month, the year. or maybe i've slept quite a bit in the day time... or i was so excited for the next day.. or i was so troubled with my feelings.. or super duper stressed..
October 13th, 2016 9:30am
You may have something on your mind, even if its not something you're constantly thinking about. If there is anything stressful going on in your life, you may subconsciously be thinking about it
November 4th, 2016 4:43pm
Because of stress, distraction from electronics like television, cellphone and computer, and too much sleep during the day.
November 26th, 2016 6:13am
There can be many reasons why you aren't sleeping at night. Stress and anxiety can cause make it difficult to sleep. Also using a screen(phone, computer etc.) can also contribute to difficulty sleeping. Some things you can do to help you sleep at night are: taking time before you go to bed to relax. put on comfy clothes or pajamas, drink tea or some other non caffeinated drink and read or do another calming activity. If you think stress is causing your difficulties sleeping so some breathing or other relaxation except codes befor bed. Something that helps me a lot is simple yoga with deep breathing right before bed or even in bed.
November 30th, 2016 5:32pm
Get out of bed when you can't sleep. Don't try to force yourself to sleep. Tossing and turning only amps up the anxiety. Get up, leave the bedroom, and do something relaxing, such as reading, drinking a warm cup of caffeine-free tea, taking a bath, or listening to soothing music.
December 11th, 2016 9:25pm
In my own experience, my inability to sleep is usually due to stress, having had too much coffee or sugar or simply due to lack of exercise be it physical or mental activity. A balanced diet combined with exercise does wonders for my sleep. Also, it's worth trying some relaxing activities before sleep such as a massage, a nice warm bath, perhaps some reading. I really hope you'll get back on track with sleep :) It does so much good to your health. Best of luck!
December 23rd, 2016 1:33am
There could be multiple factors in contributing to your lack of sleep at night, I believe the best thing to do first in tending to your sleep schedule is adapting to a relaxing routine that settles you for sleep and if you are still unable to rest properly, seek medical help to rule out any other possible conflicts.
March 5th, 2017 4:16pm
There's a train of thoughts in your mind. You may or may not be aware of it. If you think its not that then get help from a professional.
April 15th, 2017 7:51pm
Could there be something on your mind which is distracting you or something that has happened recently to prevent you from sleeping?
May 4th, 2017 1:24am
A lot of things can affect your sleep. If you know you don't have insomnia, you may be affected by lots of different things. Stress and caffeine can be big reasons, but if you stay in your room a lot during the day, your brain associates it with being an 'awake and active' environment. Take a minute to relax before bed and don't eat anything past 7:00 PM. And remember, your room is for sleep only.
May 19th, 2017 10:46pm
Being sleepless at nights nowadays is very commonly due to the fact that we check our phones, laptops or whatever so often after we get in bed. So, if you find yourself too addicted to using your devices, you should consider switching it off and keeping it a good distance away from your bed. Another factor that determines the need for sleep is your daily physical activity. Whether you're in school or work, chances are, you have spend most of your day sitting at a desk. So, your body just doesn't get tired enough to make you fall asleep at the end of the day. So, why not consider going out for a jog whenever you have some leisure time and the weather is nice outside? Or you can do some simple exercises right in your room for half an hour. Just do anything that gets your muscles working and in need of a proper rest at night. Secondly, there is the issue of caffeine consumption. Whether you like red bull or a cup of coffee, you should halt consuming any caffeine 6 hours before your regular bed-time. On the other hand, there are foods that you want to eat before hitting the sack. Some milk and a banana can help you get some shut eye. A glass of warm milk actually induces sleep and bananas contain high quantities of potassium which helps relax your muscles. I hope all that didn't bore you too much but I hope these tips help :)