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My shoulders and arms fall asleep at night while I sleep. Will this have any long term effects? I am worried about it causing blood clots.

My shoulders and arms fall asleep at night while I sleep. Will this have any long term effects? I am worried about it causing blood clots.

Sleeping habits: It may be that you are falling asleep on top of your arms, or with your neck in a crooked position, causing compression of a nerve. If a nerve is compressed for long enough, you will develop paresthesias, the medical term for "pins and needles." this improves with changing position or shaking the affected arm. Changing your pillow or sleeping surface may reduce falling asleep on your arms. ...Read more

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I get night sweats and my arms fall asleep. This has happened all my life. I am fairly active but work very long hours.?

I get night sweats and my arms fall asleep. This has happened all my life. I am fairly active but work very long hours.?

Two separate things: Try reducing the temperature in your bedroom and reducing the amount of covers to alleviating sweating. Adjust your sleep posture to avoid putting pressure on the arms, e.g., do not put your arm under your head. Try to keep the arms straight to avoid pinching the nerves at the elbow. ...Read more

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My arms fall asleep when I am sleeping.

My arms fall asleep when I am sleeping.

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

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What can I take if my arms fall asleep alot?

What can I take if my arms fall asleep alot?

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

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What does it meen when your arms fall asleep?

What does it meen when your arms fall asleep?

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

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Why do my arms fall asleep when im on my back?

Why do my arms fall asleep when im on my back?

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

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When I'm laying down with my arms to my side why do my arms fall asleep?

When I'm laying down with my arms to my side why do my arms fall asleep?

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

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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

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Why do my arms fall asleep when not putting pressure on them?

Why do my arms fall asleep when not putting pressure on them?

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

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My arms fall asleep all the way down into my chest when I sleep?

My arms fall asleep all the way down into my chest when I sleep?

Circulation: This sounds like a problem with your circulation. Sometimes this can be purely related to being in the wrong position, sometimes this could represent a serious problem. You should get check by your doc. ...Read more

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When I lift my arms over my head for 2mins my arms fall asleep is there a reason?

Nerve compression: Or perhaps blood vessel compression at level of shoulder. Might be due to anatomical narrowing at thoracic outlet such as cervical rib, but could even be seen in some carpal tunnel syndrome pts. ...Read more

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Why do my arms fall asleep when sleeping on the recliner and my arms are just at my sides?

Why do my arms fall asleep when sleeping on the recliner and my arms are just at my sides?

Arm numbness: The feeling of falling asleep is like numbness. Sometimes this happens during sleep because there are no position changes. Movements of the arms tend to alleviate numbness sometimes. This is especially true in carpal tunnel syndrome.

Although I cannot make a diagnosis based on the information I have so far, perhaps a doctor visit, more information, or nerve conduction testing would help. ...Read more

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Why do both of my arms fall asleep when I fall asleep? Could it be my cervical spinal steonisis?

Why do both of my arms fall asleep when I fall asleep? Could it be my cervical spinal steonisis?

Possible: Might also be carpal tunnel or another peripheral nerve syndrome. Hard to tell without better understanding of your symptoms. ...Read more

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I often black out when standing up and legs/arms fall asleep very fast---what can cause this?

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Black out: Postural hypotension is when blood pressure drops upon standing, hence less blood flow to brain, hence fainting. Several things can cause that, from medications to blood diseases to neurological or vascular factors. Recommend appointment with your primary care doc. To explore those. ...Read more

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My left arm falls asleep when I sleep on my right side. Could this be spondylosis? Everytime I fall asleep on my right side, my left arm falls asleep and becomes numb. My nuerologist says this is due to a compressed nerve. Could I have spodylosis? .

My left arm falls asleep when I sleep on my right side. Could this be spondylosis? Everytime I fall asleep on my right side, my left arm falls asleep and becomes numb. My nuerologist says this is due to a compressed nerve. Could I have spodylosis? .

While: While lying on your right side, how do you position your left arm? Depending on what part of your arm goes numb you may be mechanically compressing the ulnar nerve at the elbow or the median and ulnar nerves as they enter the upper arm from under the pectoralis minor muscle. Most people who sleep on their sides bring the opposite arm across the chest compressing the nerves. If it is the ulnar nerve at the elbow, the pinky and ring fingers will go numb. Pectoralis compression can make the whole hand go numb. This is unlikely to be related to spondylosis. ...Read more

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I'm currently taking sulfameth/trimethoprim and can't fall asleep at night and my chest, arms and sides have become sensitive to touch is this normal?

I'm currently taking sulfameth/trimethoprim and can't fall asleep at night and my chest, arms and sides have become sensitive to touch is this normal?

Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim): No, I would not say this is normal. You may have an intolerance or allergy to the antibiotic. I would let your prescribing doctor know and discuss alternative antibiotic options. ...Read more

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Haven't slept well since approx. Jan 2014. I wake up many times @ night bc arms and hands fall asleep no matter my pos. Feet & legs burn too. Cause?

Haven't slept well since approx. Jan 2014. I wake up many times @ night bc arms and hands fall asleep no matter my pos. Feet & legs burn too. Cause?

Need eval: You need medical evaluation for your complaints. I would start with evaluating your neck as I would be concerned there is something going on in your cervical spine that's causing some pressure on the spinal cord which could cause your symptoms. Also concern would be diseases that cause what is known as peripheral neuropathy. Please see your doctor for evaluation. Hope this was helpful. Good luck ...Read more

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Can carpel tunnel cause both hands to turn freezing cold? I have been having my arms at night fall asleep and get the pins and needles and numb feeling in both arms. For the last week my hands ache they feel almost swollen like and my sensation in my fing

Can carpel tunnel cause both hands to turn freezing cold? I have been having my arms at night fall asleep and get the pins and needles and numb feeling in both arms. For the last week my hands ache they feel almost swollen like and my sensation in my fing

There: There has been a lot written about non-occupational risk factors for carpal tunnel syndrome. In one study out of boston about 11-12 years ago in fact it was determined that women who took birth control pills had an increased incidence of carpal tunnle compared to women who did not. The problem with a lot of studies is that while statistically it seems to implicate certain behaviors or co medical conditions or medications it doesn't help you as an individual trying to do what is right for yourself. Remember that a study like that offers guidance as a risk factor but may not imply a direct cause. There are a lot of coincidences too.

Tingling and numbness in the hand can be from carpal tunnel but aching, coldness can occur form that or other issues.

As far as stopping or starting birth control, talk with your doctor. Your neurologist should be able to clarify whether you have carpal tunnel or not and ifyou are not getting success with the treatment offered maybe you want to ask your neurologist about an emg/nerve conduction study or perhaps see a hand surgeon in your area.

If your curiuos you can look at the one of the styudies I am talking about, but none of these dtudies offer a direct cause and effect ie you can't say bcp lead to cts just that its been identified as a factor in this one study in this one population (the people studied). ...Read more

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Throids cause arms to fall asleep?

Yes: Low thyroid can cause soft tissues swelling and edema, this edema squeeze the nerve especially the median nerve and can cause tingling and numbness in the hand and sometimes the arm with different nerve. ...Read more

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My 4 months old baby will only like fall asleep in my arms, is it bad?

My 4 months old baby will only like fall asleep in my arms, is it bad?

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

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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?

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?

Temprature/position: If the temprature is very cold you can wake up feeling numb. Check the air conditioning. The other reason is you sleep on the hands or legs and you can wake up feeling numb and with lack of strenght and take a few moments to recover. ...Read more

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What causes your arms to fall asleep while you are laying on your back sleeping?

What causes your arms to fall asleep while you are laying on your back sleeping?

Sleep: Sleeping on the back can cause pressure of the arms if you put your head on the arms or could be other medical causes including sleep apnea. ...Read more

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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

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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?

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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How come my hands and arms twitch as I am trying to fall asleep?

How come my hands and arms twitch as I am trying to fall asleep?

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