As a physician, I ve heard patients for 25 years tell me that their hands go numb when they sleep. Should this be something that worries you, or is it no big deal? After all, if you ask around, hands numb while sleeping isn t a super common complaint of healthy people. Here s why you should be concerned about this problem and what may be causing it. First, you need to realize that when any body part goes numb, it means that the nerve supply to that area has been cut off. So your hands going numb while you sleep means that some nerve that goes from your neck to the hand is being compressed. Nerves have their own blood supply around the outside, so pressure on a nerve cuts off that blood supply and the nerve eventually is starved for oxygen and nutrients, making the nerve shut down. If this happens for a short period of time, the nerve just wakes up again once the pressure is removed. However, continued insult on the nerve can mean that it gets a little damaged with each episode. So months or years of numb hands at night can mean damaged nerves. What usually causes this to happen? The biggest and most significant cause is neck (cervical) stenosis or a disc bulge, or when there s little room in the neck bones due to arthritis or that disc for the nerves to travel or exit. You don t have to have constant neck pain with stenosis or a disc bulge and some patients just notice that their hands are numb. When the neck gets into a weird position at night and the muscles that protect it during the day relax, the nerves get crunched and the hands go numb. Many times a cervical collar worn only at night will reduce the numbness. You may need to experiment with different collars or varying amounts of tightness (usually wearing it loosely while sitting at the side of the bed is enough, as the shoulders come up when you sleep and this makes the collar tighter). If this helps your hands, you likely need a cervical MRI to check this out.
The second biggest cause is thoracic outlet syndrome or TOS. This means that the nerves are getting crunched in the shoulder area. This is a common problem for modern computer users, as the shoulder and head come forward leading to nerve compression. for this issue. Other causes can include carpal tunnel syndrome in the wrists. This is when the main nerve of the hand (median nerve) gets pinched in the tunnel that it traverses in the wrist. Usually if this is the cause, simple wrist splints worn at night can be a huge help. However, both of these issues may require your doctor to take a closer look at the overarching cause of this problem. One of the reasons you should be vigilant about getting this figured out is that these nerves being off line can cause other problems. The biggest concern is that other problems can crop up in the upper extremities that are caused by the nightly nerve compression. These include tennis and golfer s elbow (lateral and medial epicondylitis) as well as. How could this happen? The muscles protecting these areas go offline and the extra motion in the joint (which is imperceptible), ends up frying the joint over time. In addition, other new research shows that bad nerves may end up dumping nasty arthritis causing chemicals into the joints. The upshot? Numbness in your hands at night is a big deal. It s often ignored by physicians who aren t experts in the area of musculoskeletal treatment, but take it seriously and find out it s root cause. If you don t, you ll be wondering why your nerves are getting slowly less sensitive (changes in overall sensation) or why your shoulders, elbows, and hands ache all the time!
Do your hands go numb when you sleep? PHave you ever woken up suddenly with an unexpected feeling in your hands, and annoying tickling. PDo your hands go numb several times at night, waking you up with a strange sensation?
If so, then read on as we will explain the common causes and remedies for this occurrence. Cramps or numbness in the hands could be caused by something normal: sleeping in a bad position and blocking blood flow is quite normal. PBut at other times, it doesn t have anything to do with your position. PIt is an unpleasant sensation that sometimes shows up in other areas of the body as well, like the legs or feet. PLet s take a look at the causes. This is undoubtedly the most common cause. The three main fingers: the thumb, index and middle finger, tend to be the most affected by Syndrome. PThis problem is associated with the median nerve, a peripheral neuropathy that applies pressure to the wrist, causing symptoms like, difficult movement, loss of sensitivity and it also causes the well-known symptom of numbness. PAnd it is at night when these bothersome effects are most felt. Sometimes the wrists become overloaded. PManual work like writing a lot on the computer, using scissors, tools, sewing could all cause the nerves in the hand to suffer. PContinued bending and unbending of this area of the body frequently overloads it, if this is done intensely. PThe pain appears especially at night, when you are no longer moving it and the nerves and tendons release their pressure most intensely. Being a few pounds overweight, exercising very little or eating an inappropriate diet, could cause swelling not only in the feet, but also in the Pdue to fluid retention. PThe sense of tingling is always most intense at night, circulation is affected, and it creates pressure, giving way to this characteristic discomfort. Often times, having a deficient and incorrect diet leads to not having enough B vitamins. P This lack of vitamins creates consequences that are sometimes overlooked. PThey re associated with other things, P from work or from the day to day, without understanding that is it basically just a lack of something.
PFatigue, drowsiness, skin paleness, feeling like you re experiencing tachycardias and numbness in the hands and legs is very characteristic of these cases. PThe hands and legs go numb at night, making this another factor to keep in mind. Before going to sleep, drink a tablespoon of linseed oil. P According to several studies, this is an effective anti-inflammatory that acts especially on the extremities, alleviating the sensation of numbness in the hands. Dip your hands in the bathroom sink with fresh water. PIncluding a few ice cubes makes this much more effective. PThis will alleviate pressure, inflammation around the nerves, and pain. PDo this before going to bed and you will notice that it gives you a slight rest. Eliminate salt consumption from your diet, as well as acidic drink. PThese products accentuate inflammation and pain. PIt s better to skip them. Keep yourself well hydrated, drink at least two liters of water a day. P You could, for example, prepare an artichoke drink to benefit from its diuretic and cleansing effects, thereby preventing fluid retention. PAll you need to do is boil a few artichokes in water, and filter it out. PThen mix it with the juice from half a lemon. It is important that you include Vitamin B in your diet. PTuna, potatoes, bananas, and all other leafy green vegetables could help provide you with this indispensable vitamin. PAdditionally, you could find supplements at the pharmacy or in health food stores, which could complement your diet and make you healthier. PYou may even experience relief at night. If you frequently have manual work that forces you for use your hands and wrists for several hours, use a compression wristband. PThis will apply enough pressure to protect your nerves and joints, and prevent you from overloading them.