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Tossing on The Bed During Sleep?

Nov 15, 2021 | Blog, Sleep

The phrase beauty sleep is legit. If you toss, turn, or generally can’t stop moving in your sleep, you may have a condition known as insomnia. If the sleeping pattern is disturbed in continuity, these issues may progress to dark circles and fine lines on the face; what a nightmare!

Spending the whole night in bed wanting to sleep is extremely frustrating. There are various reasons why a person can’t stop moving around during sleep time. They could range from behavioral patterns, lifestyle, or even respiratory diseases.

Let’s tackle each cause one by one in detail and look at how to put you to sleep.

Respiratory Problems

Good quality of sleep is important for a healthy mind and body. However, sleeping right might be an issue for individuals with certain respiratory diseases such as asthma or COPD. People who have any of these conditions wake up in the middle of the night due to difficulty in breathing. Frequent awakening leads to issues in going back to sleep, leading you to move restlessly on the bed.

Sufferers of COPD and /or asthma wake up due to episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, coughing, nasal congestion, or heartburn. The issues may also progress to another condition known as sleep apnea.

What is Sleep Apnea, and How Does it Affect Sleep?

This condition will cause the patient to snore and have short episodes of breathing cessation for as long as 10 seconds. No one exactly knows the reason for this, but it is more commonly found in individuals who have COPD or asthma, are obese, have acid reflux issues, or someone using high doses of corticosteroids. Sleep apnea can increase the risk of improper sleep at night and decrease the sense of wellbeing during the day.

How to Stop Moving In Sleep with These Conditions?

Managing COPD and/or asthma with good care and timely medication can improve your sleep and quality of life. American Thoracic Society explains the usage of corticosteroids and certain breathing exercises to choose from during sudden breathlessness, which will help you fall back to sleep.

Relationship Between Pulmonary Fibrosis and Sleep

Pulmonary fibrosis is a disease that scars the lung tissues which thickens with time causing breathing difficulties impacting sleep. In this condition, you wake up wheezing or coughing from sleep, leaving you tossing and moving for the rest of the night.

Few Tips To Sleep Well With Pulmonary Fibrosis

  • Place your head higher than the rest of the body.
  • Do not take caffeine at least 6 hours before bed.
  • Take a hot bath right before digging into bed.
  • Reduce the exposure to blue light.

Other Reasons for Moving During Sleep

Some conditions affect overall health resulting in loss of sleep too. Some are mentioned below.


Anxiety disorder can leave you moving on the bed, wanting to sleep but increasing thoughts stop it from happening. Somatic anxiety is known to impact the quality of sleep negatively.

Over Stimulation Due to Blue Light

It is advised to not use a phone or TV right before sleeping since it delays the release of melatonin, the sleep hormone.

Sleeping Schedule

People who have the habit of taking long naps often find themselves struggling to sleep at night. Be sure to not sleep for more than an hour during the day.

If you face difficulties in breathing leading to restlessness and a hampered sleeping pattern, reach out to Pulmonary Medical Consultants. Our experts will accurately diagnose your issue and devise a proper treatment plan. Call now at (281) 357-1300 to schedule an appointment.


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