Why Do We Toss & Turn When Asleep ?

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Why Do We Toss & Turn When Asleep ?
« on: 12/11/2011 05:26:46 »
Dearest Sleepologists,

As someone who rarely sleeps (hence this kweschun being asked at 5:20am)...I am curious as to why people toss and turn when they are somnambulizing ? (new word).


Why's that then ?...after all...ewe're alseep !!..why is there a need to still move about ?

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« Reply #1 on: 13/11/2011 05:04:19 »
Grrr...5am !!..clearly this requires empirical study !...If I could sleep then maybe I could help myself !...but then I'd be asleep !!...hmmmmm !!!
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« Reply #2 on: 13/11/2011 17:20:55 »
gravity & bedsores?

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« Reply #3 on: 14/11/2011 05:35:52 »
gravity & bedsores?


Thanks CZARCAR....would we really get bedsores after one night of sleep ?
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« Reply #4 on: 14/11/2011 08:15:47 »
gravity & bedsores?
Thanks CZARCAR....would we really get bedsores after one night of sleep ?
I think intoxicated individuals have, on occasion, developed bedsores due to a lack of movement.  Also, it is possible to make a limb fall asleep from a pressure point.  Perhaps it is much more dangerous if there is no movement for 8 hrs.

Of course, one remembers the tossing and turning while trying to get comfortable.  I have no idea how much I move once I fall asleep...  I certainly don't fall out of bed.

Some individuals will not have their movement fully inhibited while dreaming.

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« Reply #5 on: 14/11/2011 11:54:58 »
I don't need to be intoxicated to sleep like a log - unless I am ill or disturbed, I will sleep without moving.  I have fallen asleep (in bed) with full cornflake bowls, working laptops, books and pens and paper on my lap; and woken up in the morning many hours later with them still there (8 hour old cornflakes are not nice).
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« Reply #6 on: 14/11/2011 12:34:27 »
gravity & bedsores?

i'm exaggerating= sleepers have a preferred position? sleeping in 1 direction would result in the body's fluids circulating asymmelrically?

Thanks CZARCAR....would we really get bedsores after one night of sleep ?
i'm exaggerating= sleepers have a preferred position? sleeping in 1 direction would result in the body's fluids circulating asymmelrically?

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« Reply #7 on: 15/11/2011 06:32:18 »
I'm going with Clifford on this one: "to prevent long periods of oxygen deprivation to limbs by pressure"
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« Reply #8 on: 15/11/2011 17:28:49 »
I don't need to be intoxicated to sleep like a log - unless I am ill or disturbed, I will sleep without moving.  I have fallen asleep (in bed) with full cornflake bowls, working laptops, books and pens and paper on my lap; and woken up in the morning many hours later with them still there (8 hour old cornflakes are not nice).

How do ewe do this ?...how ? !!
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« Reply #9 on: 16/11/2011 02:05:33 »

I think intoxicated individuals have, on occasion, developed bedsores due to a lack of movement.  Also, it is possible to make a limb fall asleep from a pressure point.  Perhaps it is much more dangerous if there is no movement for 8 hrs.

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I've heard of someone passing out in a chair, leaning back, sort of hyperflexed over the top of it, and they were unable to walk the next day. They temporarily paralyzed themselves.

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« Reply #10 on: 16/11/2011 06:36:16 »

I think intoxicated individuals have, on occasion, developed bedsores due to a lack of movement.  Also, it is possible to make a limb fall asleep from a pressure point.  Perhaps it is much more dangerous if there is no movement for 8 hrs.

Dead right! Our bods are simply not designed for inactivity. Sitting in an aeroplane seat for too long can prove deadly. Our blood return system depends on a certain amount of activity.

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« Reply #11 on: 20/11/2011 12:02:24 »
'er indoors has been known to give me a clip around the ear while tossing and turning in her sleep, mind you, she's been known to do that when she's awake too!!!
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