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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? 547 People

    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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    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, 2014

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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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    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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    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 46-50, 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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    Yet, I can fall asleep in daylight.

    Lights keep me awake, sleeping in a room that is bright with sunshine is no problem at all.
    Serenitree1 Serenitree1 70+, F 1 Response Jan 6

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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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    i hate when somebody cuts the lights on i like

    complete darkness when am sleep
    yrnjojo yrnjojo 16-17, M 1 Response Jan 21, 2015

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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 3 Responses Nov 14, 2012

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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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    Vinneh23 Vinneh23 22-25, M Jul 18, 2014

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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, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 26-30, F 2 Responses Nov 16, 2008

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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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    Noonejustasoul Noonejustasoul 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 27, 2014

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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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    Potchii Potchii 22-25, M 2 Responses 1 hr ago

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    I listen to music everyday, and before I go to sleep. I just love how music gets to me, like the lyrics, they some how always relate to me, mostly Justin Bieber music, and other...
    Sofia20122013 Sofia20122013 18-21, F 3 days ago

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    I can't sleep.. My brain won't shut down
    love0914 love0914 18-21, F 4 Responses 3 days ago

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    Cant sleep. message me anybody
    DrDoom36 DrDoom36 16-17, M 4 days ago

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    1 hour last night... nothing today - and I'm up all night again tonight. Where does it end with me???
    LoneSouls LoneSouls 31-35, F 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    I fell asleep for a couple hours after supper tonight, and now that I'm up again I don't feel even a little bit sleepy. I don't know what to do. I don't want to lie down and do...
    GreatWhiteBird GreatWhiteBird 26-30, M 5 days ago

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    I hate this. I was doing good for a while, then ONE night I stay up will 3 again and I screw myself. Wide awake once again, it might not be as late as it could be but still...
    GoldenHeart69 GoldenHeart69 22-25, F 6 days ago

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    Up at 5 am. No reason. I don't even work till 11. It's almost 6 now. Tried to go back to bed a few time but my pillow feels like a boulder and I just lay there wishing I could...
    omgwut omgwut 41-45, M 1 Response a week ago

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    A sleepless night for me. Can't turn my brain off.
    lovesthenightsky lovesthenightsky 26-30, F a week ago

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    Th3Ch3shir3Kat Th3Ch3shir3Kat 16-17, M Jan 30

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    I Love Andrea Bocelli. He has an amazing voice and passion for music, life his family and friends. His latest album is wonderful. He sings in many languages and showcases some of...
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    It's hard. Loving someone so much, with all your heart. Loving them so much that it physically hurts you when they are away. Loving them so much that they never leave your mind...
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    It's 4 am I've got to be up in a couple of hours, I'm so tired but can't sleep...😒
    mylifeishopeless mylifeishopeless 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 29

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