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Old 04-27-2008, 11:35 AM
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Hands going numb while sleeping

Does this happen to any of you? Lately my arms have been numb when I wake up during the night or in the morning. It goes away once I get up though.
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Old 04-27-2008, 12:18 PM
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both of them?
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Old 04-27-2008, 12:30 PM
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yes, all the time, but my blood pressure is funky. usually means you slept on one or both in some wierd way. (sometimes you move before you wake up, so its not obvious)

I wouldn't really worry about it (at least I dont ). sometimes my entire arm is numb and i have to physically shake it with my other hand to get the feeling back.
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Old 04-27-2008, 12:54 PM
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both of them?
I've remembered both being numb at one time or another so I will say yes, both of them. I'm not sure if both happen at the same time because most of the time I'm out of it/half asleep.
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I've remembered both being numb at one time or another so I will say yes, both of them. I'm not sure if both happen at the same time because most of the time I'm out of it/half asleep.
if it's just a few seconds after you wake, it could be because you woke up straight out of REM sleep, in which case your skeletal musculature is basically paralyzed for those few seconds.

if it's a lingering numbness/tingling until you move around a bit, it's likely what julia said
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Old 04-27-2008, 12:59 PM
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If it's lower arms/wrist area, carpal tunnel perhaps. This was my mom's first symptom
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^ yes, could be symptoms of that too
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Old 04-27-2008, 01:04 PM
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I will try to pay more attention next time.
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Old 04-27-2008, 01:11 PM
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yeah, she would say it would wake her up in the middle of the night because she'd have pins and needles/numb sensations in her hands and wrists
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Old 04-27-2008, 01:32 PM
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I actually woke up once touching a hand (not knowing it was mine because it was asleep) and freaking out for a few seconds about what I had done last night... That was insane. I really thought it was someone else.
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Old 04-27-2008, 04:24 PM
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If it's lower arms/wrist area, carpal tunnel perhaps. This was my mom's first symptom
same for my mom!
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Old 04-27-2008, 04:30 PM
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It happens to me when I need a new pillow as well.
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Old 04-27-2008, 05:15 PM
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Well the pillow I have right now does suck. Can anybody recommend a good one? When I look at them all I get all confused and leave with nothing.
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Old 04-27-2008, 05:28 PM
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i can't recommend a good pillow - i have 4 different ones so that i have options when i need adjusting.

i had persistent tingling in my thumb (for about two days) and it was tendonitis.

i am just thinking that it might be something from you working out - like the tension in your muscles doing something when you are lying down...or you may have pinched something. if it is persistent, you might want to have a doctor check it out. good luck.
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It most definitely your pillow or your mattress. If your mattress is older than 6 years, you should considering changing it.

Other remedy is wearing a wrist supporter while sleeping. I used them on both my wrists for about two months and the numbness went away.
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Old 04-27-2008, 08:01 PM
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this has been happening to me for years. (like over 10)
even sometimes my arms go numb too.
it doesn't matter if i fall asleep in my bed, the couch, or even sometimes when i fall asleep with zachary.

it happens to my husband too...the only way for him to avoid it at all is if he hangs his arm off of the side of the bed...and it doesn't always work.
especially if both want to go numb.
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Old 04-27-2008, 08:06 PM
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this happens to me when i sleep on my side and on my arm...i think it just cuts the blood flow. When I wake up I just hang my hand over the bed to gets some blood flowing
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Old 04-28-2008, 07:16 AM
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Last night I slept propped up on pillows and woke up with no numbness. Then I went back to sleep for an hour on my stomach with no pillow and my hands were sort of like at a 90 degree angle and I woke up with my hand numb from the elbow down. On the other hand, only the fingers were numb.
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Old 04-28-2008, 07:47 AM
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mine do that all the time. usually only one at a time. i think i sleep strangely, though.
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Old 04-28-2008, 07:50 AM
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Mine have done that on and off since I had my daughter. I have carpel tunnel, but it was worse with pregnancy and after (carrying the baby in the carrier!) When it gets bad, I wear the wrist braces to bed for a few nights, and then they are ok.
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Geebs, i wake up during the night because my arms are numb from the shoulder down. Also, sometimes they are really stiff at the elbow and they hurt to straighten.
I just figure it is the way that I am sleeping.
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Old 04-28-2008, 08:43 PM
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Well the pillow I have right now does suck. Can anybody recommend a good one? When I look at them all I get all confused and leave with nothing.
I bought the pillow from the Hyatt hotel! Not the actual one from the room I stayed in, but a brand new one just like it. I love it!
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