Why Do I Still Feel So Awake When It’s Time to Sleep?

The 2 systems that affect your ability to sleep are your wake system and your sleep system. The wake system sends signals that help you wake up in the morning and stay awake during the day. The sleep system sends signals that help you fall and stay asleep at night, but if your wake system stays active when it isn’t supposed to, your sleep system may not be able to take over. Insomnia may be a result.

  • Take a look at your sleep habits. Some of your habits may be unintentionally stimulating your wake system and encouraging it to stay active when it’s time for bed.
  • Talk to your health care professional about what you’re experiencing. Several studies of insomnia have focused on a person’s behavior as the cause, but studies have shown that neurotransmitter activity in the sleep and wake systems can play a role as well.
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