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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? 366 People

    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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    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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    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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    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 41-45, M 3 Responses Jun 6, 2009

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    Manoooooooooo Manoooooooooo 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 27

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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 4 Responses Apr 2, 2010

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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 18-21 1 Response Jul 12

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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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    People always ask me, why I hardly sleep! Stress, that is the cause. I stress about everything. Can I pay this bill, student loans, keeping the car up todate, etc... I have...
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    It's like every night literally every night I can't sleep with absolutely nothing to do. What's worst about this is that all the thoughts and memories that are supposed to be...
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    Changed meds again and now I'm waking after 6 hrs of sleep. I don't mind it, the house is quiet and I can do as I please...just as long as it's not in bed. What I really want to do...
    noodleloaf noodleloaf 36-40, M 1 Response 1 day ago

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    The past week I have had little or no sleep !!! At first I would get possibly 6 hours but past three nights only sleeping between 3-4 hours ! I feel so exhausted and worn out but I...
    Nutcase38 Nutcase38 36-40, F 1 day ago

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    It's 0505, AND I STILL CAN'T SLEEP!!! Ugh! Frustrating!!! I have to get up tomorrow morning and drive 10 hours to Texas, so I really need to rest this evening. Go to sleep, or stay...
    System113 System113 18-21, M 1 Response Aug 7

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    I can't sleep. And what's worse is that i keep checking my phone to see if I've received a message. But sadly i haven't. Another night of tossing and turning is about to begin. :(
    Saram1985 Saram1985 26-30, F 2 Responses Aug 15

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    6:00AM and I still can't sleep. wtf is wrong with me, why can't I just turn my brain off for the night? fml
    fuckitol fuckitol 22-25, F 2 Responses Aug 16

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    Been up since 7am yesterday and I still can't sleep
    ladyyukihime ladyyukihime 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 17

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    Can't sleep. So many bad thoughts in mind. Blah. I try to relax and I'm tired as hell, but I'm still awake.
    Cutterkarma Cutterkarma 18-21, F 4 Responses a week ago

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    I HATE you, because I love you more than me I LOVE you, because +I Can't Live without you !! I MISS you, because I`m addicted to your company I LIKE you, because no 1 is so sweet...
    wendu44 wendu44 18-21, F 2 days ago

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    I'm glad that this experience was posted up because right now I am going through something which is very difficult. I have been with my partner for 9 yrs. Since I was 19 I am now...
    whisperingcampaign whisperingcampaign 26-30, F 2 days ago

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    Lately I've been getting 4 hours of sleep and I'm losing it mentally... I sleep around midnight and wake up at 3 am. I wake up suddenly and can't go back to sleep no matter what I...
    CaliforniaPsycho CaliforniaPsycho 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 31

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    I really need to get to sleep but i can't stop reading EP...damn u EP!!
    feelingeh feelingeh 41-45, F 5 Responses Jul 28

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    I rarely get a lot of sleep now, because I usually can't stop thinking of people, or things.
    youtubeninja youtubeninja 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 4

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    I hate this why can't I sleep I'm crying right now... (Read my last experience)
    oOMissDiorOo oOMissDiorOo 13-15, F Aug 4

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    All the negative thoughts appear. What people may think of me. Do they like me? Do they hate me? Do they think I'm pathetic? Do they think I'm a loser? Do they think I'm a weirdo...
    Skywalker1979 Skywalker1979 31-35, M 1 Response Aug 9

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    Not that it's new. I gave myself insomnia while a freshman in college, a short yet oh so long year ago. This summer of 2014 went by too fast. I floated along on Cloud 9 thinking...
    SarabearPark SarabearPark 18-21, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    Hmm......why can't I sleep?
    AcousticLover AcousticLover 16-17, F 2 Responses 16 hrs ago

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    4:51Am im the mornig and i still ca't sleep D:
    vinneh22 vinneh22 22-25, M 2 Responses Aug 2

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    Idk why but I just can not sleep. :P lucky tomorrow is Friday.
    PeacandOtaku PeacandOtaku 13-15, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I'm having a huge panic attack! So I've Ben feeling weak all day due to the hot weather and me eating not well. I'm afraid if I fall asleep I won't wake up. Also tomorrow I go to...
    broadwaybabe99 broadwaybabe99 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 27

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    Why can't I just fall asleep and never wake up.
    emmacla emmacla 22-25, F 2 Responses Aug 2

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    It is 6:03 a.m. and I can't fall asleep because my boyfriend and my dog have both been snoring non-stop since we got into bed!!!
    cicisays13 cicisays13 26-30, F Aug 16

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