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A 37-year-old female asked:

What causes hands and feet to sometimes fall asleep?

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Dr. Martin Tamler
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 34 years experience
Numbness: When hands and feet intermittently fall asleep, the first thought should be a circulation problem such as when an individual falls asleep on their arms or legs. This causes mechanical obstruction of blood flow. A second common cause is anxiety or panic attacks. While neurological problems are a small possibility, it is unlikely that a singe neurological problem would effect both arms & both legs.
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A 45-year-old member asked:

Is it normal for hands and feet to fall asleep?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Not normal: There are a variety of possible reasons for this. Your physician can help to determine cause ; possible amelioration.
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A 31-year-old member asked:

What happens if my hands and feet fall asleep a lot?

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Dr. Katherine Whiteley
Specializes in Family Medicine
Desk job: most commonly if working a desk job and sitting/typing etc for long periods of time. You need an ergonomic set up to protect your wrists so you don't get carpal tunnel. You need a chair that wont pinch the sciatic nerve at the back of the thigh which will make legs and feet fall asleep. Take breaks and walk around. Also exercising by walking with light hand weights to tone muscles will help.
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A 41-year-old member asked:

Help please? What to do if my hands and feet fall asleep a lot?

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Dr. Katherine Whiteley
Specializes in Family Medicine
Desk job: most commonly if working a desk job and sitting/typing etc for long periods of time. You need an ergonomic set up to protect your wrists so you don't get carpal tunnel. You need a chair that wont pinch the sciatic nerve at the back of the thigh which will make legs and feet fall asleep. Take breaks and walk around. Also exercising by walking with light hand weights to tone muscles will help.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

What causes feet to fall asleep?

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Dr. Alan Wittenberg
Podiatry 54 years experience
Many things: Feet afalling asleep can be caused by circulation , lower back proble3ms, diabetes and electrolyte imabalnce as well as other problems. Consult your podiatrist or physician for evaluation.
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Last updated Sep 7, 2019

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