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Why is it that every time I start breastfeeding my daughter I suddenly start falling asleep yet when I'm not breastfeeding I'm wide awake?

Why is it that every time I start breastfeeding my daughter I suddenly start falling asleep yet when I'm not breastfeeding I'm wide awake?

Love hormone: Breastfeeding occurs with the help of a symphony of hormones working together. The two main breastfeeding hormones are oxytocin, the "love hormone" and prolactin, the "mothering hormone". The release of these hormones from the brain can cause sleepiness, relaxation and a feeling of contentment. Also ensure you rest during the day while baby is asleep, eat small, frequent meals and stay hydrated. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more


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Help docs! my hands and my foots are always falling asleep. Why?

Help docs! my hands and my foots are always falling asleep. Why?

Tingling: Hand and feet tingling, can be nerve damage or neuropathy.. Need to talk this over with your doctor as there are many causes of neuropathy and several respond to therapy very well. ...Read more

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What could cause my arms and hands to be falling asleep a lot?

What could cause my arms and hands to be falling asleep a lot?

See below: It could be something as simple as hyperventilation, but more serious conditions are possible too. Make an appointment to see your doctor to discuss these issues. ...Read more

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If a person's hands and legs 'jerk' immediately upon falling asleep, what does it mean?

If a person's hands and legs 'jerk' immediately upon falling asleep, what does it mean?

Hypnic jerk: It is called a hypnic jerk, and is very common. It is harmless except as you noticed already wakes you up. Some people theorize that being overly tired or stressed tends to bring it on. ...Read more

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Why do my hands hurt and keep falling asleep?

Why do my hands hurt and keep falling asleep?

problem neck/back: If both hands (the whole hand) have this recurrent issue, there could be something very wrong with your neck or upper back. Nerve compression problems often manifest with numbness or pain in hands/arms. ...Read more

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How can I prevent my hands from falling asleep?

How can I prevent my hands from falling asleep?

Sleeping hands: It sounds like you are having tingling in your hands, this is often related to nerve problems in the hands, carpal tunnel syndrome is one form of this. You cannot prevent this if it is happening, but you can see your physician for testing to determine the cause. ...Read more

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What is the cause of hands falling asleep for no reason?

What is the cause of hands falling asleep for no reason?

Must be a reason.: Hands actually do not fall asleep without any reason. There is a good reason but it cannot be known without understanding more about your symptoms. When does it occur, when does it not occur? What part of the hand is affected? Is there any muscle weakness? Is the r hand as affected as the left? At the end of the day carpal tunnel syndrome and ulnar nerve injury are the most common causes. ...Read more

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Why dose it feel like my hands are always falling asleep hands fell all numb and tingly?

Why dose it feel like my hands are always falling asleep hands fell all numb and tingly?

Nerve: Source of your symptoms could be at wrist, elbow, shoulder, neck, perhaps due to nerve compression, but maybe an evolving peripheral neuropathy. Get this checked out, as most of these problems are fully reversible. ...Read more