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Arm Fall Asleep
A number of things: If it is both arms would consider whether it could be a neuropathy or a vascular problem. If this is a "paraplysis" would consider that this could be component of atonia found during certain stages of sleep. Bring up with sleep specialist in that situation so that testing can be performed. ...Read more
Doctor can evaluate: A person whose arms fall asleep needs more than a medication. A doctor needs to evaluate to see if there is a problem of nerve compression. Pressure on the nerves coming out of the spine can lead to numbness in the arms and hands. A primary care doctor can evaluate first. He may refer to a neurologist or a physical medicine (physiatrist) doctor if needed. ...Read more
Why does my wrist pop when I rotate it? Why does my wrist and arm fall asleep really fast? And, Also, Why does my wrist feel like it is spazzing out?
Why does my arm fall asleep when I put it in front of my head laying down on my stomach? Is it normal? Also why does my left arm feel like it wants to go to sleep when I fall asleep? Should I be worried?
May be nerve problem: If an arm falls asleep, goes numb or tingly, or has changes in circulation, just in certain positions of the arm, there may be compression of the nerves and/or blood vessels to that arm. A primary care doctor, neurologist, and physiatrist (physical medicine & rehabilitation doctor) can help figure this out. Sometimes special x-rays are done to see if there is a problem of the nerve at the spine. ...Read more
Are there any types of herbal or OTC remedy for bad circulation that causes your arm to fall asleep?
If I'm combing, cutting my hair, screwing in a lightbulb my arm will fall asleep, tingle quickly for both arms.
TOS?: 29y male has arm paresthesias as hold it overhead. Sloped shoulders, oft seen Irish & Nordics, & "crossed muscles", see comments below, of Superior trapezius can potentiate Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, which manifests in arm used repetitively overhead; especially pitchers, painters & aircraft mechanics. See Osteopath. Symptoms of restless sleep, depression & fatigue raise concern for Fibromyalgia. ...Read more
I have been having a lot of dizziness for about a year. My left hand and arm also fall asleep off and on. I have been to my GP so many times and no help. I have seen a neurologist multiple times and no help either. I'm starting to think I maybe it's due t
My right arm, wrist and finger fall asleep at random times, usually 2 or 3 times a day accompanied by finger and elbow pain. What could be the issue?
Neurologist: Most likely there is a nerve entrapment which could be in the elbow, wrist or possibly the neck area. An orthopedic surgeon or a neurologist would be best qualified to examine you but an EMG (elelectromyogram) May be needed to pinpoint the area of nerve entrapment and xrays and/or MRI May also be ordered. ...Read more
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Not uncommon: Most often this is associated with pinched nerves at wrist (carpal tunnel syndrome), but could be compressing nerves at elbow or even shoulders (thoracic outlet), and it would be beneficial to get this diagnosed. See your doctor but also, try wearing wrist splints at night and see if it helps. ...Read more
Position: Arms "falling asleep" is something that usually comes when your arms are in one position for a long period of time, and pressure is being applied to the nerves. Typically pressure may be applied to the ulnar nerves, causing tingling in the fingers, but the radial nerve can be involved as well, if someone is lying on your arm for a long time. Avoid these positions if possible. ...Read more
Paresthesias: When an extremity "falls asleep, " this is known medically as paresthesia. The causes are usually due to a nerve issue or blood flow issue. Each can have a number of possible causes, which can be narrowed down through a thorough examination. See your family doctor or internist as a place to start the process of narrowing the possible causes. ...Read more
This is normal: Different parts of the brain "fall asleep" at slightly different times. This twitching, called myoclonus, is common upon falling asleep - it is related to the feeling of falling during sleep and waking with a "jerk". If you watch an infant fall asleep, they often have slight jerking movements before they are fully asleep. This is normal. ...Read more
Position: It may have something to do with the position of your head and neck or the position of your arms. In either case this may be causing some decreased blood flow to the nerves in the neck or the nerves that cross the shoulder which would then cause your arms to fall asleep. A physiatrist would be a good specialist to sort this out. ...Read more
Decide yourself: A 4mo old does not know when she's sleeping or that sleep would help her fatigue. Parents who rock/carry infants until they fall asleep have 400% more sleep disturbances in kids the first 3 yrs of life. Your goal is to create a comfortable sleep zone/crib where baby feels safe. It should have light so baby can always recognize the place & some comforting sound. ...Read more
Arm Asleep?: Most of the time this is caused by simple pressure on the nerve that innervates the arm. Pressure on the nerve will reduce or stop the blood flow to the nerve, and the numbness, tingling and pain ensues. It will likely wake you us, you will roll off the arm, blood will be supplied to the nerve, and within a few minutes, the nerve will be functioning normally. ...Read more
When I lay down and text for awhile my arms fall asleep does that put me at risk for bloodclots? (24yrs old)
No: When you get some area that falls asleep it typically means that there is pressure where the nerve is not getting regular flow/circulation. The muscle and the circulation is not completely blocked and typically it is 'uncomfortable' so you move. Risk of blood clots occurs when you are inactive or have injury to area days typically. ...Read more
Lately when I sleep at night and wake, parts of my body tend to fall asleep. Sometimes half my face, an arm or part of my chest. What's happening?
TOS: 30's person has bilateral (most unusual) arm global dysesthesias at rest. Absent neck pain there is concern for impingement in region of brachial neural plexus. If only occurring in lower arms, carpal tunnel syndrome becomes a consideration. See an Osteopath or Neurologist. Could be Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, but this is usually not bilateral. ...Read more
Is it normal to twitch and jerk your arms when you fall asleep or is that something to worry about? My husband does that a lot!
See sleep specialist: Periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD) is a sleep disorder characterized by rhythmic movements of the limbs during sleep. The episodes may last anywhere from a few minutes to several hours. See a sleep specialist for consultation and a sleep study (PSG test). ...Read more
Ever sense I had my daughter 6 weeks ago my arms will fall asleep when I sleep elevated on my back why is this & what can I do?
Nerve being pinched: The position you're holding your daughter is most likely causing some pinching of the nerves in your back, changing positions or sleeping on your side will often help improve this situation. Stretching and going on the "child pose" (yoga pose) every few minutes will help immensely as well. ...Read more
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