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Why do I toss and turn to sleep?.

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Last Updated: 03/27/2018 at 12:34am
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Top Rated Answers
August 17th, 2015 5:49am
There are many reasons for tossing and turning. These include sleep apnea, chronic pain, periodic limb movement and acid reflux to name a few. Others include the bedroom environment being too warm or having too much light. In addition, excessive alcohol, caffeine and heavy meals before bed can lead to restless sleep.
January 21st, 2015 3:22am
I often find that with stress I toss and turn a lot in my sleep. I have spent many long nights waking up from moving around so much whenever I have big exams coming up or some personal life issue going on. I also find that going to bed upset leads to me tossing and turning. My bed may be my safe area, but if I fall asleep in it feeling very distressed or upset, I know I will have a bad night.
February 15th, 2015 8:36pm
Most people do, if you have a lot on your mind when you're trying to dose off then you're most likely going to have a hard time falling asleep and normally that will result in tossing and turning yourself to sleep.
April 12th, 2015 7:37pm
This can be related to a variety of things. One of the most common issues has to do with sleeping position and also outside distractions. Do you find yourself leaving the television on? Do you have noisy family members/roommates? Do you sleep with the light on? A variety of things can contribute to unrestful sleep. The key is to take note of your habits and try changing small habits.
May 28th, 2015 4:03am
Generally People toss and turn because something is bothering them or they have a lot on their mind. If it is persistent I would try to talk to someone If that doesn't work go to your doctor and tell them what is going on. Getting enough sleep is so important!
June 17th, 2015 4:58pm
Tossing and turning help find a comfortable position to sleep in. It's okay if you do that. Many people do this. You are not alone.
June 30th, 2015 9:26pm
It's normal for people to toss and turn sometimes. However, there can be any number of reasons why you are experiencing difficulty staying asleep. If the issue continues, I recommend speaking with your primary care physician.
November 17th, 2015 6:22am
everyone does i guess maybe some people more than others but it's normal and you might just be trying to find a good position
November 27th, 2015 12:02am
This may be your method of getting comfortable or finding a better sleeping position. It's just your body's way of getting ready for sleep, however this may be counter-productive and keep you awake.
December 28th, 2015 1:28pm
It can be really difficult to sleep soundly when you haven't given your body an expected schedule that includes working out, eating healthy and drinking plenty of water.
May 3rd, 2016 2:38am
This could be due to a number of different things. You might be experiencing high volumes of stress, or you may need to adjust your evening routine. Try focusing on a calming routine before bed, where you decrease screen time, have a warm shower, and perhaps read. Do whatever you need to help yourself feel good and relaxed before bed.
September 26th, 2016 2:06am
factors like stress or big life changes can bring on a few sleepless nights, prolonged trouble sleeping could be a sign of another issue like depression or a sleep disorder like sleep apnea
September 27th, 2016 9:46pm
Hello, I've actually been in the same situation as you before! I found the cause of my restlessness to be that I either looked at my phone/TV before bed or I had a lot on my mind. So now I don't look at electronics 1 hour before bed. To clear my mind, I sit on my bed with the lights off and meditate for at least 10 minutes before I sleep. I just concentrate on breathing in and out slowly. It really helped me! If you have any more questions, feel free to message me!
March 27th, 2018 12:34am
You may toss and turn to sleep because someone in your house is being disruptive for you to have a good night sleep or you may have a hard time falling asleep.