why is it called “tossing and turning,” and why do we do it when we can’t sleep?


Title says it all – but I’m wondering why it’s called that and why exactly we do it when we can’t sleep.

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Probably comes from the olden days of sleeping on straw and horsehair mattresses that were lumpy and uncomfortable… so you would need to toss ( distribute the hair evenly) and Turn the mattress over until it was more comfortable. :)…. here are the origins


I looked into this and the reason behind it is as varied as there are people. I did find this article that covers some of the reasons. See if any of these apply to you.