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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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September 23rd, 2015 8:25pm
Are you on electronics often? Your natural cycle for sleep may be disturbed. Do you nap during the day? Not napping during the day and turning off electronics an hour or two before bed can help you fall asleep better.
November 1st, 2015 7:26pm
Maybe because you sleep more in the day and you don't want to sleep at night. It used to happen to me too, I slept more in day because my sleep was unbalanced :p
November 4th, 2015 10:45pm
i have trouble sleeping because this is the time to prepare myself for the next day and figuring what went wrong that day. how can i make things right if the situation happened all over again.
November 5th, 2015 1:07pm
Often, when we lie down in bed in a darkened space, it frees up our mind to think on unresolved matters. If you have any unreconciled issues when you go to bed, they will hold a tendency to weigh on your mind. During the day when you have plenty of stimulus around you, the lack of sleep makes you tired as the brain is preoccupied with processing these stimuli and is less dedicated to resolving latent issues.
August 22nd, 2015 9:18pm
It is possible that you may have a condition called insomnia, in which your body has difficulty sleeping at night. It is advised to seek professional guidance or medical doctor.
August 29th, 2015 3:19pm
Perhaps it is because you turned your night-day rhythm around. It could happen if people stay up late and take that one step further every day. It could also mean that your melatonin pique is of balance right now. It is probably best to try and stay awake during the day and then lay in your bed at night even if you're not tired. Also, try to avoid watching television, tablet or on your phone before going to bed. White light wakes your body up and will decrease your melatonin( a hormone that makes you sleepy) production
September 2nd, 2015 10:03pm
There has been a study done that says that ample sleep hours during the day are between 1 and 3 pm. It's possible that your body has synced more with this time, perhaps it's when you end up falling asleep. I know that it's easy for me to find distractions at night (Tumblr, netflix, etc.), and so I often fall asleep around 8am. It's comforting to be in the light, isn't it? I watch a lot of horror films, so that might be part of it for me.
September 10th, 2015 6:38am
Depends on the evidence supplied; it might be because of bad diet planning; caffeine intake, organization of your eating schedule. Another theory that would disturb your night schedule could be self-imposed anxiety that most likely create irrational expectations.
September 11th, 2015 1:48pm
It could be that your sleep rythem has been disturbed. the best way to find out, is to visit a doctor. they can direct you to sleep center where they can see what your brain does during sleep and what might be the reason for not sleeping at night and sleeping during the day. What you can do yourself: try to sleep less during the day. set an alarm. the less you sleep during the day, the more chance you have of sleeping at night.
September 17th, 2015 9:05am
Our circadian rythms aren't all the same, and some of us are wired so day and night are basically switched. Now, knowing it doesn't make it any easier to deal with, because our society's routines are built around people who feel sleepy at night and awake during the day, but at least can help you understand what's going on. There are different methods to "reset" your clock, or to adapt it to your needs: "broken" sleep (sleep in two or more smaller blocks, instead of one long one), slowly move the times you rise and go to bed, supplements like melatonin... I'd suggest doing some research (and starting with ones that do not require medication!) and then, if it doesn't get better and interferes with your daily life, consulting a doctor to see what more can you do.
September 18th, 2015 1:16am
Maybe you're a vampire! Haha, that's a high school joke. But in all seriousness, you should probably re-train your brain to sleep when it's dark. That means you should go to sleep at your normal time completely free of distractions (Such as cell phones, lap tops, tablets, etc.). Also you should only go to your bed when your intent is to sleep. Studies have shown that people who use their beds only for sleep and intimacy statistically tend to fall asleep on time according to their preferred schedule and stay asleep for the duration of the night.
November 5th, 2015 4:10pm
Depending on how long you have been having this trouble, feeling sleepy during the day but very awake at night could be for a number of reasons. Over the short term, sometimes a single late night or disrupted sleep over a few days (e.g. if you were unwell) can unbalance your circadian rhythm, and it's hard to get back into it. Over a longer period of time, some who identify as "night time" people can feel more active at night rather than the day time. This in itself can prolong the issue, as you might be doing highly stimulating things (exercise, a riveting TV show or film, video games, coffee and chocolate!) too close to your ideal sleep time, which might then keep you awake.
November 6th, 2015 3:35am
You might be a cat. There are a lot of different things that can keep a person up at night, including how much caffeine they consume before bedtime, how much anxiety they are experiencing, the type of television they watch before bed, interaction with electronic devices, and if you're a woman who is over 40, it could also be related to menopause, as I'm just beginning to learn. It may be easier to sleep during the day if you're exhausted from being awake all night. There are a lot of different things you can try to sleep better at night, like setting up a regular sleep schedule. I've also learned over the years that if I can't sleep for a few minutes then I need to get out of bed and go do something else until I feel tired again. Some people associate their bed with a variety of activities like reading, being on their computer, talking on the phone. Researchers have learned that the only activities that should be associated with the bed are sleeping and sex. So you could also try to set up your room in such a way that it is only used for those two purposes. Do everything else in another room, if possible. When I go to bed each night, I put on a guided mediation to help me relax and fall asleep, and if I wake up in the middle of the night, I hit replay. Often times it will get my mind off of what I'm thinking about and allow me to sleep again. You could also try moving your bed to a new location in the room to break up the cycle you're in. If the reason you're not sleeping has a psychological component to it (nightmares, unresolved trauma or stress, etc) then I would suggest you speak with a counselor to work on those issues.
November 6th, 2015 2:58pm
Your circadian rhythms are upside-down! Check your sleep hygiene and try to develop and stick to bedtime routines to help turn them around. If insomnia persists, seek medical advice.
November 7th, 2015 6:35pm
You need a regular sleep hygiene. Wake up everyday including the weekends at the same time irrespective of when you fall asleep. Its difficult at first. But, you can do it!
November 8th, 2015 4:35pm
May be your internal clock has set itself like that, it makes you more active during night. morning sleep is just the fatigue that you face after not getting a good night sleep. You can work on it to reset it by making a personal timetable and follow its strictly..atleast for your sleeping hours.
November 21st, 2015 3:35am
It's about ten cycles. You tend to sleep the most deeply at night, but if you can't relax enough to sleep, then your body will shut down when it either feels safe or is too exhausted to function.
November 29th, 2015 4:38am
If I don't sleep at night then I'll definitely need a healthy nap during the day. Not getting a good night's sleep leaves me tired and fatigued. It's easy to collapse during the day when I'm exhausted from lack of sleep.
August 30th, 2015 9:52am
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September 2nd, 2015 7:34am
Because your sleeping cycle have disoriented, if you take good measures to correct it i see no reason why you won't be able to get sound sleep.
September 6th, 2015 10:00am
because, when we try to sleep at nigh we have the fear of not to have the control of the situation, its hard..
September 6th, 2015 3:01pm
sometimes i have trouble sleeping at night because i feel lonely unlike in the day when im surrounded by people
September 10th, 2015 6:35am
If you are a night owl then thats probably why, you enjoy the night life more than the day life. Or maybe something winds you up at night more than the day. Also depends when you have the most caffeine or eat.
September 11th, 2015 10:20pm
You have trouble sleeping at night but not during the day because you are stressed out. During the night, try listening to music as you fall asleep, but only calming instrumentals.
September 12th, 2015 2:55pm
Maybe it is because you sleep in the day too long and you energize at night. Why don't you do activities in the day that make you feel tired at night.
September 13th, 2015 8:56pm
The darkness in the night reminds me of all the terrible things in the world. Everybody I care about is sleeping. And I'm afraid that if I fall asleep, I'll never wake up.
September 16th, 2015 5:50pm
Your body collects energy during the day, but when you're going to sleep you still have energy. Another reasong can be over thinking, stress. I recomend a chamomile tea for a better sleep.
September 17th, 2015 4:57am
Probably a disrupted sleep schedule - you sleep during the day, so you're not tired and night. This causes you to not sleep at night, which makes you tired during the day. Some things that you can do include this include banning naps over 30 min, trying to set a schedule for bed time and keep that consistent, or start melatonin supplements, which will increase you sensitivity to light and make you more tired in darkness.
September 18th, 2015 2:33pm
probably because you have insomnia try and if recommended by a doctor take sleeping pills to help you sleep at night and try not to sleep during the day so you tired for when its night time .
September 20th, 2015 8:25pm
There are many possible causes and each person has their own reasons but you have watch your circadian cycle, that is, the pattern of your biological pattern. If you had a night shift or had a busy nightlife, probably you taught your body to be awake at night. Also, anxiety and depression are possible causes.