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Top 10 Reason’s Why Insomniacs Don’t Sleep

List compiled by The Insomniac


1. Fear of Sleep

2. Stress and Worry (overly excited or anxious about the day ahead, thinking too much)

3. Uncomfortable Sleep Environment – too much light, too much noise, too hot or too cold, disruptive bedmate, children or pet, uncomfortable mattress, sheets, pillow or sleepwear

4. Sleeping in a new or unfamiliar environment

5. Going to bed when you’re not sleepy

6. Going to bed when you’re over-tired or have jet lag

7. Experiencing health issues – including pain, illness, hormonal imbalance and discomfort

8. Needing to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night

9. Participating in stimulating late night activities (excessive use of computer, work, TV, exercise, conversations)

10. Eating and drinking too late at night (caffeine, alcohol, spicy food, late dinners)


* This list was compiled from information gathered through various sleep organizations and websites and from direct experience. It’s a list for insomniacs and doesn’t address the needs of other sleep disorders or medical conditions.


33 responses to “Top 10 Reason’s Why Insomniacs Don’t Sleep”

  1. Jess says:

    I love this list! It is so right on.

  2. Eleanor says:

    Very nice post. Information given is nicely put together.

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  4. Brian says:

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  5. Lauren Bower says:

    Excellent list and very accurate too. I’m a hardcore insomniac and all of these apply to me every single one.

  6. Anna says:

    Lauren I feel the same. For me the uncomfortable environment is a major issue. I live in the city and the noise is unbearable. I can’t seem to sleep with earplugs everything inside my body (like my heart) is amplified. Plus I need a new mattress.

  7. Anna says:

    I like the list especially number 1. Fear of sleep = fear of dying. I don’t like getting into bed I fight it every night better off falling asleep on the couch or distracting myself. Good list.

  8. Katie says:

    I would like permission to reprint this list.

  9. Ona Shuttleworth says:

    You have useful suggestions on this list and on your website.

  10. Anonymous says:

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  11. anderson A. Jordan says:

    Great list.

  12. Andrew says:

    This is actually a great list! I’ve saved it and sent this out to many of my friends since I know they will be intrigued, thank you very much!

  13. Nothing cures insomnia like the realization that it’s time to get up.

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  15. Janet Anderson says:

    did you write this yourself?

  16. Williemae Klaameyer says:

    Thanks for the cool post.

  17. Christine M says:

    Thanks for sharing your opinion here. I really appreciate it.

  18. Jamie Haggerty says:

    I’m exhausted! Thank you for this list it eases things a wee bit.

  19. Chang Leuthauser says:

    Intriguing post.

  20. It’s relatively cool!

  21. Rachel Jamison says:

    The uncomfortable sleep environment needs to be broken down since it is a huge reason why people don’t sleep. My sister has had the same mattress for 20 years and complains about it but doesn’t replace it. And friends who live in the city (Chicago) complain constantly about the noise and light. I would like to see more articles about this issue. Thanks for the list.

  22. Rachel Jamison says:

    Fear of dying is probably the biggest reason for stress insomnia well maybe pressure of performance might be the strongest. I’m afraid to sleep, afraid I won’t wake up. Really it’s a control issue.

  23. joan says:

    Thank you for bringing this issue up. The sleep environment is essential to a good night’s sleep especially for those of us who are sensitive. I know people who can sleep on nails (well, that’s probably an exaggeration) and others who need a comfortable environment. EZ Sleep Solutions will focus more on this in the future. In addition, many of our products address this.

  24. Tomika Troller says:

    This list is very interesting thanks for posting.

  25. Mark Wieneke says:

    Thanks for this list. I agree need more info about the uncomfortable sleep environment topic.

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  27. karen millen says:

    Great list. Thank you look forward to reading more on your site.

  28. karen says:

    Love this list.

  29. john says:

    I have to agree these are the top 10. What about top 10 sleep remedies?

  30. Salvatore Ferra says:

    Thank you for sharing this list.

  31. Jake Foster says:

    I agree with a few other people here about wanting more information on the uncomfortable environment. You did have a Feng Shui article and I’d love to hear more about that and the energy of the bedroom. Thanks for an awesome job on the website.

  32. karen mills says:

    Good share, very useful information – now what? How do I sleep better?

  33. Dan Kaiser says:

    very good submit, i definitely love this web site, keep on it

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