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Why do I have trouble sleeping at night but not during the day?

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Last Updated: 04/16/2018 at 10:30am
Why do I have trouble sleeping at night but not during the day?
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November 20th, 2015 9:47am
Your body creates a stress hormone called celarax. and this causes your mind to do circles in the parking lot of
August 21st, 2015 12:07pm
I often feel like I have to be on guard at night, so I am more alert at that time. When the sun rises I begin to relax more because with the light, it feels safer, as though I don't have to keep my eyes and ears peeled for anything dangerous. This is a common trait of people who have experienced trauma in their lives.
November 15th, 2015 8:40am
It's called Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome (DSPS), most people go through it in their teens and some like me didn't grow out of it .. a good sleep clinic is worth its weight in counted sheep. The first thing they do at a clinic is establish what your bodies sleep cycle is .. mine was 4 am to 12 pm: a lovely 8 hour sleep, AT THE WRING TIME OF DAY. of course I was up at 7 each day and feeling horrible for it. But gradually I moved it back 1/2 hour at a time over a month, making sure I get some morning sunlight, that's the right type of light your body needs to start resetting your clock No drugs, no drama just a little knowledge on what the sleep cycle is and gently bringing it back to normal. I recommend seeing a sleep specialist. I went for years with this problem and now I sleep 11 pm to 7.30 am like a programmed robot.
August 27th, 2015 3:50am
Perhaps you find yourself more relaxed at night due to the ability to avoid the obligations of the day and appreciate the silence and peace. If you are feeling stressed from you daily life you may want to find a form of escapism, in this case sleeping. It can be due to a culmination of potential anxiety and lack of sleep during the night.
August 19th, 2015 7:10am
I am a night person. I think it's because I am scared of the dark. I am awake during the night and sleep during the day. I found a job working nights and have adjusted my life to being up at night. There is nothing wrong with being up at night.
September 5th, 2015 2:45am
It could be anxiety, I once experienced that. When everyone in my house hold was asleep my mind would go crazy and wouldn't turn off. I think during the day is more comforting time to sleep because you know they're people around you, the noise is comforting.
August 22nd, 2015 7:19pm
Having trouble sleeping at night but not during the day...never fear you are not alone! :) You are just a bat stuck in a human body!! It's okay I AM A BAT TOO
September 19th, 2015 2:50am
Factor such as depression, and insomnia may cause you having trouble sleeping at night and sleeping a lot during the day. A health care provider may have a better answer to your question.
November 19th, 2015 7:29pm
Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome (DSPS), also known as Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder (DSPD), is a neurological sleep disorder in which a person's sleep/wake cycle is delayed with respect to the external day/night cycle. The person is unable to fall asleep until the wee hours, typically somewhere between 2 am and 6am, and sleeps correspondingly longer in the daytime, often well into the afternoon.
August 29th, 2015 3:36am
Insomnia in the night and oversleeping during the day could both be signs of depression. Depression is not just about feeling sad, but actually has many other symptoms as well. If you think that you may have depression, don't be afraid to speak up! Depression can almost always be helped with the right tools.
November 22nd, 2015 9:34am
Because sleeping at night is when you are expected to sleep and for some people doing what is expected is too much pressure perhaps
October 24th, 2015 3:03pm
The mind can be more active at night, especially if you suffer from things like anxiety & depression.
September 23rd, 2015 7:43pm
I struggle to sleep at night because that is when I'm alone, that is when my thoughts get louder and take over. During the day when i'm around people, they drown out the thoughts and the tiredness kicks in
August 19th, 2015 7:16pm
An answer would be you are thinking too much at night. Sleeping is more complex then you think, your mind, mentality, physical body, and spirit. When sleeping, all of these has to be relaxed and working together. If one is out of hand sleep will be tougher. The reason why sleep is easier during the day is because your body and mind is extremely worn out from sleep deprivation.
April 16th, 2018 10:30am
Depends. In some cases its because people have their sleep schedule messed up and the body isnt used to sleeping at a certain time, for example, till 3-4am
September 4th, 2015 8:18pm
Different people have different timings of sleeping. Daytime is when you brain feels most tired and wants to take a rest. Since it became a habit your brain and body became used to it and hence you can only sleep during the day and not night.
August 23rd, 2015 8:24pm
It may be because you're not getting enough sleep at night, so you're sleeping during the day instead. This creates a feedback loop; because you're sleeping during the day, you're too well rested to sleep at night, which leads to you sleeping during the day again (and so on and so forth). Consider withstanding the urge to sleep during the day, and getting your body back onto a normal biological clock.
September 2nd, 2015 3:00pm
My focus on the lack of sleep keeps me awake at night. I know I have to get early up next morning, and thus I'm focusing too much on the fact that I need to sleep to get through the next day.
August 26th, 2015 2:02pm
Because I've been thinking of so many things, insomnia attacks and emotional stress, problems......
August 20th, 2015 7:22pm
Sometimes the culprit is a restless mind. In my case I was unable to quiet the thoughts in my head, i'd just stay up all night thinking. Melatonin has helped, as well as meditation.
August 28th, 2015 12:03pm
Insomnia is exhausting. We try to catch up on the body's need for sleep in daytime hours, but it is not of the same quality due to our circadian rhythm.
August 21st, 2015 11:15pm
You could be more of a night owl and some people can get more focused and get work done during the night hours.
August 20th, 2015 2:37pm
Trouble sleeping at night may have list of reasons first being your age if you are above 50 then it is found that people find it difficult to sleep in the night , secondly if you have worked for night shifts at work area, thirdly you think too much when you go on the bed and this constant worry dont let you sleep in the night, recently it is also found that people who sleep with their electronic gadgets like mobile, music player ,tv ,tab or continous being online on social netwokring sites hamper the sleep pattern. so start practicing Yoga, Breathing excercise , physical activities or reading book just bfr you go on the bed , or even warm milk can also help you fall a sleep well.
August 19th, 2015 2:15pm
Because you're sleeping during the day so you're not tired enough to sleep at night. duuh! xD But no for real now if you have a crappy diet you're gonna feel sleepy after eating lunch (something about eating too much or to less of what your body needs and getting your body into 'digestion mode'..)
August 21st, 2015 8:53pm
you may be tired of tomorrow and over thinking of what you will make and you have to close any electronic devices because radiation can affect your brain and make you active all the night
August 22nd, 2015 4:24am
Sometimes if you have depression or you are stressed over something it messes with your sleeping patterns, ive had this happen many times to me before but there is ways you can stop it.i got on medication, if you dont want perscribed medication you can get more natural medications that dont require prescriptions. You may have a sleeping disorder, but im not a doctor... so make sure you do talk to your doctor about this. I hope this was a bit helpful (:
August 27th, 2015 7:26pm
It is possibly due to the way your biological sleep clock is set, in order to reset this do not sleep in the day and only try and sleep at night, eventually your body clock will reset. It is also possible that you are suffering from insomnia and a doctor would be able to provide more information/help.
October 24th, 2015 8:35pm
It could be medications, you are taking, thinking about stuff, reading technology close to bedtime, or general stress.
November 15th, 2015 8:40am
There could be a number of reasons why you may find it hard to sleep at night but not during the day. Personally, I've found that maintaing good sleep hygiene helps me sleep better at night, but it is always good to check with a professional to make sure everything is ok.
September 3rd, 2015 1:05pm
Because sleeping during the day usually happens when you're really tired. When you go to bed at night, you force yourself to sleep. Try to drink some tea before sleeping, and try to not take naps :)