Why do we turn while we sleep?

@tutul0045 (2631)
India
June 8, 2010 11:07pm CST
Hello friends, We all want sound sleep in the night and for last few nights I'm not able to get it . The reason being may be work is hectic and there is lots going on in my mind and secondly I'm noticing that when i take turn to the other side i wake up, and then it takes some time to get asleep again. So I wonder why we have to change our position when we are asleep? Have u ever thought about that? When we sleep it means our body and mind both are resting so y there is a need to change our position in our subconscious state? Also have u ever faced similar problems? If yes what u did to cure it and what would be your suggestion? Cheers, Tutul
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@cortjo73 (6500)
• United States
9 Jun 10
Tutul, I have a tendency to have a hard time sleeping. Mine is for feminine reasons. Sorry...I won't get any more specific than that since we don't know one another and I am sure you don't really care. LOL! As for you, do you eat too late? And by too late, that could mean anything past 7 pm your time. I also find that I have a hard time sleeping if I eat past 7 or 8 pm. You have to allow your food to metabolize and digest long in advance of going to bed or it can effect your sleep. As for why we toss and turn, if we don't we may experience our extremities falling to sleep. Our leg, arm, hand, fingers, foot or toes could go numb if we don't move a little at night and get our circulation flowing a little bit again. The difference is, most times we won't notice if we shift positions at night. We notice if our bodies are already having a hard time staying asleep. Make sure, if you drink any caffeine, you don't drink it past 3 pm your time. Don't eat too late. Try not to do anything too stimulating before you go to bed. For example, don't exercise or play video games. Try reading in dim light. Lie down, dim the lights and curl up with a good book. Experts will say you shouldn't watch TV for about a half an hour to an hour before your bedtime. It can keep your brain stimulated and make it harder for you to fall asleep and even hard to stay asleep. Don't do anything on your computer either. Good luck! I hope you get it worked out.
@tutul0045 (2631)
• India
10 Jun 10
Hi cort, Hmm.. u have shared some very valid points here which i can relate in my daily life. 1. Yes i eat late sometimes even around 11 pm thats becoz i work late. I have kept my morning hours flexible. 2. Well if i have time I go to gym even in late evening. Iam not much into video games but after dinner i watch tv or yes i do mylotting if possible 3.I don't like to read etc during late hours as I'm already exhausted by that time of the day and i try to divert my attention to something lighter. Also i would like to say that u should share your health problems with me as many responder will be able to read it and share their views and thus help u and many other cure their diseases. We are mature enough to understand that we all have some health problems and shouldn't be shy to share it. Thanks for your input and look forward to yr views in the future as well. Cheers, Tutul
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@cortjo73 (6500)
• United States
10 Jun 10
Hello Tutul, I am glad to see that I might have been able to shed some light on your problems sleeping. As far as my health...it isn't actually a health problem. My sleep issues are tied to my menstrual cycle. That is why I wasn't sure if I should be specific. While we are all adults, some men, and even some women, might get offended if I talk about my menstrual cycle. I have trouble sleeping when I am ovulating. I noticed that was the case a few years ago when I started paying more attention to my cycle. I also noticed that, because of that time of month, I crave more salty and sugary snacks and that tends to lead me to eat later at night, which also causes me to have trouble sleeping. During some months, I am able to refrain from eating later at that time of the month because I remind myself that it will only add to the problems I have with sleeping then but, there are more months where I am weak and I give into my temptations. LOL! So, then I suffer the consequences and regret it in the morning when I have only managed to get about an hour of sleep throughout the entire night. Anyway, I hope that this did help some of the women who have read your discussion. I know it won't be of much use to you. LOL! But, I also hope that what I suggested to you will help you in the future. Cortney
@tutul0045 (2631)
• India
11 Jun 10
Hi cortney, Thanks for sharing your valuable views. Actually see after reading your post many who knows abt this problems may consult with you and u both can find a solution. And thats what makes this discussions successful. I have a tendency of not hiding my problems rather highlight it and get it resolved. I wish u get some relief and get well soon. Extremely sorry that i cannot help u or advice any remedy as i have no idea whatsoever. Thanks again and good luck! Cheers, Tutul
• Philippines
9 Jun 10
Hmmmm... So nice of you to notice it tutul... Perhaps you just had a stressful time at work and just wanted a good night sleep and wake up the next thing in the morning relaxed and satisfied. Actually the concept of repositioning is to allow the body from avoiding bed sores and in order for an individual to have a more comfortable position during the span of sleeping... But in your case, your too sensitive to too much movement definitely the reason why you waked up during a minute movements. So the best thing you can do is take a warm bath, use appropriate pillows for support, a good tooth brush and perhaps making self calm and relaxed to allow continuous span of sleeping... Or if that still doesn't work, better go for some medications that might actually allow you to be calm and relax or even better if you go for sleeping pills... but just do it as a last resort.. doing such is not good for one's usual pattern...
@tutul0045 (2631)
• India
9 Jun 10
Hi shadow, Yes indeed work has been stressful off-late and also my responsibilities have increased tremendously. So i think about work when i need to concentrate on sleeping well. I almost bath 3 times on an average as its quite warm here. And I brush before i go to sleep. Doing some meditation may be the solution as i use to do it before. I don't get much time to do it these days. Well sleeping pills is something which i don't intend to take at all as it has too many side effects. Also the fact is I get sleep in patches. I guess sleeping pills are required for those who cant sleep at all. Thanks for your valuable inputs and i will try my best to keep calm and stay tension free at least during my sleeping hours. Cheers, Tutul
• Philippines
9 Jun 10
It's nothing tutul, to tell you honestly I'm a health advocate so your problem is my problem as well... So perhaps you just need a good old body massage and a time-out... for you to give yourself a break which perhaps is indeed appropriate for your current situation... Uhmmm... one thing, have you taken too much sweet before you slept? or perhaps taken 2-3 cups of coffee? if you do, just let me know so that i can explain further... ^_^
@tutul0045 (2631)
• India
9 Jun 10
Ah.. well thats cool. Thats y i like this site so much. U get to meet people with so many diversified occupations! Oh yes for body massage and for a vacation or time out. HA HA But i cant afford it as of now as i have too many projects in hand. Well i do take care of my health. I don't eat junk food, I hit gym regularly and I'm not fond of tea or coffee. I drink a cup of tea in the morning and in the evening i prefer a a glass of milk. Both my parents are diabetic so i have kept in check my sweet intake as well. Cheers, Tutul
@cream97 (29169)
• United States
10 Jun 10
Hi, tutul0045. If I turn in my sleep it may be because I just so happened to woke up. I am usually uncomfortable. I will position my body onto the bed and pillow so that I can feel comfortable while sleeping. Thid is when I will turn into my sleep.
@tutul0045 (2631)
• India
11 Jun 10
Hi cream, Thats a very creamy idea as well . Hope u get sound sleep with the adjustments u make. Cheers, Tutul
@keval32 (1099)
• India
10 Jun 10
I think that we turn to relax the part of body that straiten because of continue sleeping to certain posture. It's needed. Yes, I felt the same way, I just can't have sound sleep because thoughts keep roaring in my mind, sometimes I could not get sleepy till 4 am, but sometimes there's sound sleep. When I got sound sleep, I feel really fresh next day.
@tutul0045 (2631)
• India
10 Jun 10
Hi, Hmm.. yeah thats true. Take good care of yrself and if it persists consult it with a doctor. Cheers, Tutul
@Candymin (145)
• China
10 Jun 10
Hello, Tutul. I understand what you said. Sometimes, we do cann't fall asleep while we turn over and over again due to heavy work at daily time or some other pressure. However, I think it is normal to turn and change our position to keep our body comfortable while we sleep, and most of the time we can keep on sound sleep after turn around our body. Have nice time and happy mylotting.
@tutul0045 (2631)
• India
10 Jun 10
Hi candy, Thanks for yr valuable inputs. I hope my problems dont stay for a long time and i start getting sound sleep again soon. Cheers, Tutul
@TexLadyPj (1329)
• United States
9 Jun 10
Herro tutul0045 Thank you such a fantastic question. I turn a lot, sometimes I'm awake and sometimes I'm asleep. I learned some of the possible reasons and are very appreciative of all the people who gave us ideas. Prosperous mylotting
@tutul0045 (2631)
• India
10 Jun 10
Hey Tex, Glad u liked my discussion and thats the best thing in mylot. U learn a lot and u earn a little too. Thanks for responding. Cheers, Tutul
@megamatt (14331)
• United States
9 Jun 10
There are a number of reasons why we toss and turn when we are asleep. However, I think the most simple reason is that we are trying to find the most comfortable position when we attempt to sleep. There are just some angles that might be comfortable in certain circumstances. However, there are times where we shift to gain some level of comfort. This is natural I think. I do not really think it is a problem. Our body might be sleeping but our mind is working. That is why we have dreams and nightmares. So the fact that we shift in our sleep, is because of subconscious signals being sent to our mind. So its not entirely uncommon and I doubt there is all that much of a problem. It is about gaining the most comfortable position so we can sleep.
@tutul0045 (2631)
• India
10 Jun 10
Hi Mega, Yes even in our sleep our brain cells are active and thus we dream etc. I will give it a look for another 15 days and bring some changes in my lifestyle. Hope that will settle the issue and if don't then i will consult with a doctor. Cheers, Tutul
@sach143_u (859)
• India
9 Jun 10
Friend tutul0045, according to me there are two reasons, one is you may did starainful of work because of that reason when you turn you will wake up and another is if you sleep also your blood won't sleep, what i mean to say is blood always flowing through out your body and if you are sleeping in same position for a long time then obviously blood won't reach your part in which side you put pressure so for that reason you have to turn other side while sleeping. I have faced same problem, while sleeping if i turn then i was waking up so that means on that time i was working tooo hard and it was very stressful job for me. But now i am working in different and if i turn while sleeping then i won't wake up. Happy mylotting friend.
@tutul0045 (2631)
• India
10 Jun 10
Hi, Thats quite a valid reason sach. Blood flow is extreamly important and thats y we need to change our positions. Also may be i need to go easy in my work place. Thanks for the input. Cheers, Tutul
@qianyun6 (2069)
• China
9 Jun 10
As we know there are still part of our brain cells keep working when we are sleeping so we have senses even in deep sleep. I guess that these brain cells let us turn another side so both of our side can have a rest. But there may be something wrong with your health if you wake up every time when you turn. Usually we can keep sleeping when turn.
@tutul0045 (2631)
• India
9 Jun 10
Hi Qian, Hmm.. so it would be wise to consult with a doctor? Hope he dont find it stupid he he. Anyways.. u r right that we can turn even in our sleep so there is something wrong. I will do some changes in my lifestyle and c what happens. If it persists then i will consult it with a doctor. Thank u very much for responding. Cheers, Tutul
@biodude (37)
• Philippines
9 Jun 10
We turn during sleep for a simple reason: to allow blood flow to parts of our body that that have been constricted during our sleep. Just like sitting, if you tend to sit too long your but will definitely ache so to allow blood flow you must stand-up.
@tutul0045 (2631)
• India
9 Jun 10
Hey Bio, Hmm.. quite logical. But why does it affect our sleep? I mean u must have experienced it as well. It can wake u up and also u would rather have a sound sleep than waking up from time to time. Also sitting and sleeping is 2 different things but u r right blood flow is the major reason. Cheers, Tutul
@sach143_u (859)
• India
9 Jun 10
Friend tutul0045, according to me there are two reasons, one is you may did starainful of work because of that reason when you turn you will wake up and another is if you sleep also your blood won't sleep, what i mean to say is blood always flowing through out your body and if you are sleeping in same position for a long time then obviously blood won't reach your part in which side you put pressure so for that reason you have to turn other side while sleeping. I have faced same problem, while sleeping if i turn then i was waking up so that means on that time i was working tooo hard and it was very stressful job for me. But now i am working in different and if i turn while sleeping then i won't wake up. Happy mylotting friend.