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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. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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

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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?

Perhaps a nerve: You may have acquired carpal tunnel syndrome, which can be associated with keyboard and computer activity. This is due to inflammation of the median nerve at the inner wrist. See a hand specialist. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor should I go to about my hands falling asleep?

What kind of doctor should I go to about my hands falling asleep?

Several reasons: Could be neurological from carpal tunnel to other nerve compressions in the arm shoulder or neck. If this occurs with color changes it might be a vascular issue possibly raynauds syndrome since ther are some other more serious possibilities too you better talk to a physical medicine or orthopedic specialist about it. ...Read more

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I have the feeling of electricity on the inside of my hand under thumb similar to hand falling asleep feeling. What is this?

I have the feeling of electricity  on the inside of my hand under thumb similar to hand falling asleep feeling. What is this?

May be neuropathy: This may be carpal tunnel syndrome, especially if you do a lot of repetitive movements with your hand (keyboard, tools). I would suggest that you see a neurologist who can do a nerve conduction study which can determine if there is damage. ...Read more

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Why do my hands keep falling asleep I'm moving them around... Almost like a tingle feeling I'm. 22 Witt no health problems! Should I go to the er?

Why do my hands keep falling asleep I'm moving them around... Almost like a tingle feeling I'm. 22 Witt no health problems! Should I go to the er?

Why on earth...: ...would you waste an ER physician's time with something that's not an emergency? Carpal tunnel syndrome is an excellent possibility although not the only one. Make an appointment and see your doctor during regular office hours for a definite diagnosis. ...Read more

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I'm feeling extremely tired despite getting 8 hrs sleep a night, falling asleep during day. episodes of numbness over top of head on left hand side. ?

I'm feeling extremely tired despite getting 8 hrs sleep a night, falling asleep during day. episodes of  numbness over top of head on left hand side. ?

Quantity vs Quality: While you're describing an adequate quantity of sleep, you may be suffering from poor quality sleep, for instance, sleep apnea, which can lead to inappropriate sleeping during the day. Numbness is more worrisome and needs to be evaluated by your Family Doc. If it happens again (especially w/loss of strength), call 911 & get thee to an ER to evaluate for possible stroke (remember FAST). ...Read more

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My mom's hands keep falling asleep out of no where she is 47 what could be causing this?

My mom's hands keep falling asleep out of no where she is 47 what could be causing this?

Nerve impingement: she is having some sort of nerve impingement. Depending on which part of the hand is going numb. She needs to see her physician and be evaluated so that the proper tests and referrals can be made. ...Read more

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I'm wondering why are my hands and feet falling asleep immediately when i lay on bed at night?

I'm wondering why are my hands and feet falling asleep immediately when i lay on bed at night?

? circulation: I am wondering it you have a problem with your circulation. Have you discussed this with your physician? ...Read more