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

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Why do I have trouble sleeping at night but not during the day?
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September 24th, 2015 2:38pm
Well, I've read that because we constantly have artificial light surrounding us at all times our natural sleep cycle has been warped. It used to be that people slept for 4 hours, then got up for a couple hours and then slept for another 4. Shutting off electronics before bed and not drinking too much is supposed to help with maintaining a more natural REM cycle. It might help to write and then clear your mind by practicing a short mindful meditation before you sleep. But, being up at night can be really nice and calming too, so it depends on what is more important for you.
September 25th, 2015 1:10am
It may be because if you sleep during the day for too long you can mess up your night sleeping patterns. It could be many other things too maybe like a fear associated with night, but try to relax before you go to sleep at night and unwind.
September 27th, 2015 8:38pm
Maybe you are too comfortable with the dark. I always close my eyes and say "blank" until I fall asleep. It clears my thoughts and allows my mind to ease for a peaceful sleep.
October 22nd, 2015 1:08am
My brain wants to stay up and play, when it's time to go to sleep this happens a lot during the week
October 22nd, 2015 5:35pm
I think sometimes sleep is hard to come by at night because more distractions are available to us during the day. At night, things usually quiet down, and all the things we may have been avoiding or putting off when we were busy decide to pop up. It can be hard to quiet your mind when it's time to sleep.
October 23rd, 2015 3:18am
its possible that your sleep cycle aka your internal clock is off, try staying up during the day so then you can sleep that night.
October 23rd, 2015 1:58pm
It's probably because at the end of the day, we tend to reflect what has happen throughout the day, thinking of alternatives of what could have gone wrong, or in a better situation; where as compared to the day, most of us work or either go to school in that way, our body has the need to feel sleepy every now and then due to stress levels. If one has trouble sleeping at night, please contact a specialist to help your problem if things like this has been happening for the past few weeks.
October 24th, 2015 2:04am
My personal experience is that sleeping during the day stems from the pure exhaustion of not being able to sleep during the night. At night, when you're supposed to be asleep, your senses seem to be heightened and as such, so are your emotions and your worries. That, in turn, keeps you awake, but during the day, those worries seem to be spared for the night, so you can sleep. To a degree at least.
October 25th, 2015 11:01am
Maybe because you like to be alone and think in the peaceful quiet and calm of the night. And also maybe you have a sleeping disorder.
October 25th, 2015 6:02pm
We all have trouble sleeping at night because so much has accumulated over the day and its in our minds
October 28th, 2015 12:09am
Because your brain is confused. You are sad, so it messes up how you feel. Have you changed any habits recently? It might be your body trying to adjust.
October 28th, 2015 5:34am
I would suggest seeking professional advice from possibly a sleep doctor, however before jumping to the conclusion of a self-diagnosed sleeping disorder, it is beneficial to keep track of your moods throughout the day and night, and how much exposure you're getting from UV lights
October 28th, 2015 6:09pm
It might be due to your biological cycle. It was the same with me as during my childhood i used to have afternoon school. Due to which i would stay up late. I don't really see another reason (other than the possibility that you have night shifts at work)
October 29th, 2015 1:28am
There could be multiple answers to this questions. Maybe you could have a small case of insomnia. Or maybe your scared of the dark. Maybe your mind runs heavier at night which cases you lack of rest!
October 29th, 2015 10:00am
In my personal experience, night time is when all my worries come into my mind because it is empty as i try and sleep. Therefore even if i am tired i struggle to sleep. However during the day, when i have things to concentrate on and i am not so worried, yet still just as tired if not more, i can sleep quite easily. Hope this helps!
October 29th, 2015 11:24am
One possible reason is the circadian rythms. Your biological clock is set differently from other people. Secretion of hormones and body temperature changes set the sleep/wake cycle. Therefore, your body and mind are used to rest during the day and stay away at night.
October 29th, 2015 3:53pm
If you have a sleeping pattern which consists of that you normally sleep through the day than it is reasonable that you sleep through the day.
October 30th, 2015 8:02pm
It can be that darkness bothers you subconsciously. The light from the day comforts you and lets you sleep well, but the fact that it is night and that there is darkness makes you to be awake. Also, there is the truth that people think most when they are lying awake on the bed at night. Too much thinking can lead you to struggling on falling asleep.
October 31st, 2015 12:53am
Do you work night shifts? Do you go to bed at the same time every day? Do you watch films before going to bed?
October 31st, 2015 3:06pm
A lot of times at night we have a lot of thoughts that come up since that is the time when it is quiet. During the day we are focused on other things. Since you have a choice to take a nap, it's easier because you aren't thinking about so many things.
November 13th, 2015 3:20pm
I'm like that too maybe you have alot on your mind just try and meditate clear your mind and close your eyes
November 14th, 2015 7:19pm
Maybe you don't tire yourself enough on the daytime. And you should not watch TV, sit on a computer or something like that about 2h before going to sleep. You should work out a correct routine.
November 15th, 2015 9:51pm
Because you have too many worries at night instead the day and it's a lot more quieter try falling asleep by dreaming of things that r impossible
November 18th, 2015 2:55pm
Maybe you changed your natural biorythm. You might try changing your diet and sleep pattern. Also, ecercising should help.
November 18th, 2015 10:19pm
At night, everything slows down and becomes quiet. That pause in activity will often trigger your mind to wander and think about those events/experiences/thoughts you were able to ignore/push away from your day. These thoughts may take on a life of their own and prevent sleep from being restful or even happening at all. This situation may create a cycle that is hard to break, but once understood, can be overcome.
November 20th, 2015 4:55am
Could be because of responsibilities, people tend to think about all they need to accomplish at night, whereas during the day, if you can sleep, it is much easier to just let yourself sleep and deal with your problems later.
November 21st, 2015 2:46pm
Maybe you are a night owl! You love staying up at night and sleep in in the day! :) Or maybe you just have high energy levels during the night :)
November 22nd, 2015 11:32pm
Many people have trouble sleeping because of anxiety and stress becoming more obvious in the night.
November 25th, 2015 7:57am
I have often found that my mind is more active at night and that keeps me awake while in the daytime I feel that there is some resolution or comfort in being by myself in my bed and that helps me sleep.
November 26th, 2015 12:09pm
I honestly dint know i think because during day u r up and doing things and get tired fats but night u just chilling