Skip to main content Skip to bottom nav

Why do I find myself tossing and turning all night, even though I'm not thinking about anything?

12 Answers
Last Updated: 02/01/2021 at 7:01am
1 Tip to Feel Better
Moderated by

Johanna Liasides, MSc


I work with youth and young adults to help them improve depressive symptoms and self-esteem as well as effectively address family, relationship and peer conflicts.

Top Rated Answers
May 12th, 2015 4:00pm
Could be numerous reasons. There could be something there subconsciously, even though you're not directly thinking about it. It could be something completely irrelevant such as the comfort of the bed, the bedsheets or the temperature of the room.
June 16th, 2015 9:20pm
A variety of factors can affect this, be it environmental or something to do with your body. It's not always something laying heavy on your mind, but sometimes it's the fact that maybe you haven't drank enough water or the room is a little uncomfortable for your body.
January 12th, 2016 12:47pm
You could be restless, are you exercising? I find that daily exercise improves quality and length of sleep. you could also try a relaxation meditation before bed. i hope your sleep improves.
February 5th, 2018 10:11am
It might be because your emotions are in turmoil or if you recently experienced something off character.
February 23rd, 2015 7:18pm
Although you may not be thinking anything consciously, its possible that your subconscious could be worrying about something? Or, if you've had problems with insomnia before, it could be that you associate trying to sleep with anxiety and trouble, and that could be what's causing you to struggle now? I wish you the best of luck with your sleep!
February 24th, 2015 1:02am
It could be that you are suffering from insomnia, although without knowing more it's impossible to tell. My best advice is to talk to a doctor about your issue and see if they can help come up with a solution.
April 7th, 2015 4:31am
There are several potential contributing factors-- for example, caffeine consumption, how much/how often/source of. When you go to bed, do you go with the intent of relaxing or a "I must go to sleep" mindset? I found that in my experience(s) that if I go to bed with the intention of relaxing and unwinding ( not necessarily sleeping) and keeping myself in a calm state of mind as possible, it makes it easier to fall asleep. Also, something else I've done is had chamomille tea with honey, about an hour or so before I intend to sleep. There are also guided mediations on youtube that are nice to listen to - my personal favourite one is called 'bedtime zen'
August 17th, 2015 9:14am
Even though it's not on the forfront of your mind, there is something going on in the back of your mind that is keeping you awake at night.
February 22nd, 2016 7:39pm
Its Probably A Very Persistent Mind You Have. Like Your Body's Telling You To Stay Awake But You're Mind Is Saying Sleep. Maybe You Should Seek Help For It && If It Dosent Work Out Then Try Some Persrcipted Sleeping Pills. Don't Overtake The Pills Though.
April 19th, 2016 6:25pm
Your body might not feel tired. Sometimes if you stare at a screen too long or watch tv right before bed or can strain your eyes, making it harder to sleep.
October 19th, 2020 3:00pm
There could be a number of reasons . Having a coffee or tea close to bedtime . Having a nap late afternoon or so . Sometimes it's just a lot of nervous energy despite no particular thoughts . The blue light from phones can alter melatonin levels in brain and consequently our sleep pattern . The solution is sleep hygiene. To wake up early , to not nap late afternoon , avoiding coffee near to bedtime and disconnect from social media , or to atleast use brown filter on your phone . In case you still can't fall asleep, there is a think called stimulus control. Means you avoid working in bed , trains your brain that bed is only for sleep . Give yourself 30 mins . If you can't fall asleep , get out of bed and get back a little later.
February 1st, 2021 7:01am
I usually find myself tossing and turning even when I'm not thinking after experiencing intense emotions during the day. It could have been a great day, where I was able to spend time with my friends and do some of the things I enjoy, and I feel really grateful and joyful. On the other hand, sometimes after a really stressful day, where I had to have a hard conversation with my manager or received a bad grade on a project, I can't fall asleep even if I'm not thinking about anything. Regardless of whether I feel happy or sad during the day, there are still times where I cannot fall asleep which is often correlated with me experiencing some intense emotion.