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I Can't Sleep With the Lights On

What's stopping you from sleeping with the lights on? Is it a pet peeve of yours? 393 People

    Noonejustasoul Noonejustasoul 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 27

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    Pillow On Face

    When lights are turned on and I'm sleeping i just bury my face into something. When i was young and would have sleep overs i hated keeping lights on. I was never afraid of the dark...i preferred it. I would leave my friends in a room with a light on so i could sleep in the dark...
    Tacit Tacit 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 3, 2008

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    Nope!

    I hate sleeping with the lights and TV on!, yet that does not stop my roommate from leaving the lights on until 4 am while watching TV! GAH!
    LonelyPandaBear LonelyPandaBear 18-21, M Feb 3, 2011

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    If The Lights Are Right In Front Of My Eyes,

    If the lights are right in front of my eyes (as in 1cm) I can't sleep. Other than that, I can sleep in ANY condition.
    Kghu Kghu 18-21 Sep 30, 2012

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    Weirdly

    Well for the longest part of my life, I HAD to have some kind of light on ... even the faintest one. I was too scared to sleep in the dark, lol. But now - and for awhile now - I have to have like pitch blackness, otherwise I will roll around and it will take...
    BlazzinBebe88 BlazzinBebe88 18-21, F 6 Responses Nov 16, 2008

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    When I Was Younger

    When I was younger I had to sleep in complete darkness. As I've gotten older, I can't fall asleep without watching tv. The light and the sound make me go to sleep.
    clifford94clover clifford94clover 18-21, F Nov 2, 2013

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    The Darkness Is Awesome

    My room is the definition of the word pitch black there are sleeping bags covering my windows my Xbox is unplugged even that little light is enough to keep me up my alarm clock is covered by a black shirt and the door sealed shut with a shirt wedged in it to stop the hall way...
    BabyNicky112 BabyNicky112 18-21, M 1 Response Feb 14, 2013

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    Darkness And Silence

    I prefer total darkness, absolute silence and comfort as i'm a very light sleeper, i never dose off even when i'm really tired if there are lights on.
    AtomicWater AtomicWater 41-45, F 3 Responses Oct 29, 2010

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    Roommate Problems

    My roommate wakes up at least 3 times a week to do her homework at 4 AM! She never fails to wake me up by turning the ******* light on. I HATE IT because i absolutley CANNOT fall asleep with a light on. It HAS to be pitch black. We have a study lounge for a reason...******* USE...
    neversleeps neversleeps 18-21 2 Responses Nov 14, 2012

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    That's Me!

    I use to be able to go to sleep no matter what was going on.  But I guess now that I'm older, I have to have all the lights off and very little sound.  I just sleep better that way, I suppose. I can still take a nap under any circumstances, but I can't get a full-night...
    QueenD QueenD 31-35, F 1 Response Jun 2, 2008

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    One of My Biggest Pet Peeves

    Sleeping with the lights on is one of my biggest pet peeves out of all of the pet peeves I have. I can take a nap in the afternoon with sunlight beaming through the window but can't sleep with lights on at night. Weird, I know but the rays from the sunlight makes me even more...
    Dimples87 Dimples87 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 16, 2008

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    The Lamp and my "Insomnia"

    My name is Yuu (pronounced "you") and I suffer from Insomnia. No, I don't really have insomnia---but that's what I "jokingly" call what I'm experiencing. I live in a dorm room with my roommate and we each have our own habits and such. I like to get my studies done early in the...
    Yuu1988 Yuu1988 18-21 Apr 7, 2011

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    Hate this so much; it feels like there's acid

    being poured on my eyes. For some reason normal sunlight is ok though
    lntel lntel 22-25 1 Response Jul 12

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    I wake up with light

    and nature noises, so it is not shocking that I cannot remain asleep if I have my lights on in my house. I wake up maybe one to a few hours later if I fall asleep with my lights above me on. I always have my standing lamp on though. It is not that bright. It gives just enough...
    blossomingbeauti blossomingbeauti 36-40, F Apr 13

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    vinneh22 vinneh22 22-25, M Jul 18

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    I Even Hide...

    I can't sleep with any light at all...not even a slither. Darkness is especially difficult for me to maintain in my bedroom. I hardly sleep now that there's a multi level car park, mall and supermarket being constructed behind my unit complex. AAARGH. Lights and construction...
    TheRealWoman TheRealWoman 31-35, F 3 Responses Jun 3, 2008

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    Silence and the Dark

    I use to have a night light and that was okay, but now I have to have it pretty much pitch black in my room so that I can sleep, if any lights are on, or if theres any sound, I just cannot sleep. That's how I am.
    LylaRocks LylaRocks 26-30, F Oct 3, 2008

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    Troubles

    I can't sleep with the lights or tv on.  Because my roommate is still up by the time I'm ready for bed, I usually only request to turn one or the other off, and sometimes both.  She always says it's okay to do so, but she won't turn them off unless I ask her. ...
    ayamechan ayamechan 22-25 3 Responses Jun 25, 2009

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    Like It Dark

    I don't know what it is, but when I go to sleep I need for it to be dark. If I am unable to turn out the lights I even have a sleep mask to put me in the dark!
    chillsdavis chillsdavis 56-60, M Feb 10, 2012

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    You Are My Night-time

    I'm much more relaxed in the dark.  Having the light on makes me end up looking and something or being distracted by a task left undone, until I'm driven insane and have to get up and finish it.  It's the best way for my eyes to rest. I've felt more secure in the...
    UnderEli UnderEli 41-45, M 3 Responses Jun 6, 2009

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    I Can't

    I can't sleep with the lights, TV, radio on.  The room needs to be dark, no noise.  If I notice a little sunshine, I'll wake up.  My body reflex are sensitive to these things.
    Whateverrrrr Whateverrrrr 36-40, F 3 Responses Apr 2, 2010

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    This sucks. It's 11:48pm and my room is way too hot and stuffy. I just can't get to sleep. I tried watching a tv show to pass the time and make me tired, but I just can't sleep :(
    fairyprincessjess fairyprincessjess 18-21, F 2 Responses 7 hrs ago

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    I can't sleep when I want too. That's my issue. I keep falling asleep in the middle of the day or really early in the night and I can't stay up. Then when I feel dead tired and...
    wedgieshurtalot wedgieshurtalot 16-17, F 1 Response a week ago

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    I always find it hard to sleep. I'm really tired but I just can't sleep.
    sunflowerpet sunflowerpet 18-21, F Nov 23

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    I can't sleep and all I want is to sleep and never wake up.
    prettyballerina prettyballerina 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 24

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    I can't sleep anymore. Life's stresses seem to be getting to me. I feel like I'm starting to lose the grip on my sanity. It's weird but at the same time this new mentality that's...
    supermario1256 supermario1256 22-25, M Nov 29

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    I can't sleep til 3am+ and on the weekends when I wake up around 2'o'clock I'm exhausted. I've had a history with self harm, anxiety and depression so could these be related? This...
    xcircusfreak xcircusfreak 13-15, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    Gosh I can't sleep and I work 7 am - 9:45 pm tomorrow :O
    mstv1112 mstv1112 13-15, F 1 Response Nov 22

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    this seriously sucks. the last few nights I've been passing out at like 8 or 9 No problem. its been dark and boring and an easy thing to do. its still dark and boring but now I can...
    ZombieBaitMaiden ZombieBaitMaiden 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 24

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    Another night where I can't sleep...gets old.
    Sicarium Sicarium 36-40, M 1 Response Dec 11

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    Bored, exhausted, but can't sleep. Sigh.
    Sicarium Sicarium 36-40, M 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    It's 3:30am and I can't sleep. I'm watching the movie Veronica Guerin. It's a great movie.
    bellaboo68 bellaboo68 36-40, F 2 days ago

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    I like this guy who I can't be with. He so hot. I see him every now and than. He live in my building. He probably 24 years old I think or around that age. His white, I like white...
    lorrena19 lorrena19 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 22

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    It's now 4am, and I'm not even remotely tired, even after taking sleeping pills and trying to sleep for 3 hours. In 5 hours I have to bring my car to the mechanic and I have loads...
    LillithMeiwes LillithMeiwes 26-30, F 3 days ago

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    Ugh I always sleep with my window open. Summer, winter, rain or shine I need the fresh air. If I sleep with the window closed I have a headache in the morning:(
    Passionfruit101 Passionfruit101 18-21, F Nov 25

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    latlely I have been having troubles sleeping or staying asleep. no matter how tired I am I just can't do it. I have been having family troubles since my aunt past away Feb 14, 2...
    MarineGirlfriendMary MarineGirlfriendMary 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 29

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    It's 3:30 am and i can't fall asleep cuz of the damn depression. It bites having to wait till my body is too tired to get through it and sleep.
    shadow2233 shadow2233 18-21, M 2 Responses Nov 30

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    When something is on my mind, consciously or unconsciously, I just start moving to try to solve it. One thing leads to another and I can't get myself to go to bed. A lot of my...
    NorthernWanderer NorthernWanderer 22-25, M Nov 30

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    I need a friend to be up at 2 or 3 in the morning... I'm so lonely between 1 and 5 in the morning... All my friends have normal sleep lives... Why can't I?
    darthbeegirl666 darthbeegirl666 31-35, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    Sundays are the worst. Can't stop tossing and turning
    livemanlive livemanlive 26-30, M 2 Responses Nov 23

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    I am currently on a one week coffee break (started yesterday) and currently I am still functioning. Funny thing is, I could hardly sleep last night and I can't even blame the...
    ConcreteSleeper ConcreteSleeper 31-35, M Nov 25

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    So I'm just up thinking and writing away everything I'm feeling. I'm gonna have to get up and a few hours because I'm going to the mountains. I can't wait.
    Itsnotareligion Itsnotareligion 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 28

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    Well this is getting just a little bit out of hand now 😒mi havnt slept during the night for weeks! I will normally fall asleep about 6 in the morning n wake up about 12! Can't...
    Youmeansomething Youmeansomething 18-21, M 2 Responses Nov 28

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    So I woke up today at 2.36am and I've just been having cup after cup of tea all morning. It's because I'm sick but I have something important going on today and I can't afford to...
    DeathIsPartDinosaur DeathIsPartDinosaur 18-21, F 5 Responses 1 day ago

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    This has been a problem for me my whole life. I grew up isolated. I wasn't allowed to have friends, go outside or be loved. We didn't celebrate holidays or get stuff for christmas...
    ptsdlady ptsdlady 26-30, F 1 Response Dec 10

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    I'm having troubles sleeping, I always wake up go to sleep,wake up go to sleep etc this has been going on for a week now. I don't know what to do, can anyone help? I'm so tired...
    Dreamprojector Dreamprojector 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 3

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    I only had between 4ish to 6ish hours of sleep.... It nearly took me forever to just fall asleep. Now I'm up early and my friends are still sleeping.
    ayoolexie20 ayoolexie20 16-17, F Nov 23

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    I need help. It hard for me to go to sleep, and then it makes it hard for me to wake up in the morning. I go to bed really late and end up sleeping in or not getting enough rest...
    Via70 Via70 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 24