toss and turn

toss and turn

To continuously reposition oneself in an attempt to be comfortable enough to fall asleep, or, more figuratively, to sleep restlessly. Every night, it seems like I have to toss and turn for 15 minutes before I get comfortable, and then there's my wife, who falls asleep as soon as her head hits the pillow. I tossed and turned all night. I don't know why I wasn't able to stay asleep.
See also: and, toss, turn
References in classic literature ?
As the dun nightingale, daughter of Pandareus, sings in the early spring from her seat in shadiest covert hid, and with many a plaintive trill pours out the tale how by mishap she killed her own child Itylus, son of king Zethus, even so does my mind toss and turn in its uncertainty whether I ought to stay with my son here, and safeguard my substance, my bondsmen, and the greatness of my house, out of regard to public opinion and the memory of my late husband, or whether it is not now time for me to go with the best of these suitors who are wooing me and making me such magnificent presents.