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Is it normal for my arms to get numb while I am sleeping?

Is it normal for my arms to get numb while I am sleeping?

No, unless ..: If you are sleeping on them, you may cause numbness due to pressure on the nerve/blood vessel plexus. This should reverse quickly. If you are not sleeping on them, see a neurologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Can't sleep cause every time I drift off, I get a night terror and am awake again. Arms also go numb. Psych appt next week. What can I do till then?

Can't sleep cause every time I drift off, I get a night terror and am awake again. Arms also go numb. Psych appt next week. What can I do till then?

Lifestyle changes: Find ways to reduce stress and avoid stressful situations. Make sure you get enough rest. Healthy eating and light exercise even walking. Establish and stick to a bedtime routine and do not stay up too late ...Read more

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When i sleep my chest and arms get numb and tingling. I have trouble breathing and notice stop breathing for a few seconds.What can it be?

May be: Sleep apnea if it happens at night. In my experience this is an obvious deficiency of vitamins, particularly b complex. Commonest cause is sugar in diet. See my blog "oxygen the spark of life" and look for the post "sweet and dangerous". ...Read more

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My arms and legs often get numb if I keep them in the same position for "too long" it specially happens while sleeping, what can I do to prevent this?

? Pressure on nerves: It could be caused by pressure on nerves by sitting in one position for too long or sitting in an awkward position this is usually a temporary condition that goes away. However, it could also indicate that something is wrong.I would consider seeing the doctor. ...Read more

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I get headaches, numb arms & ringing in my ears after simple physical activities such walking in mall, headaches usually go away after i sleep?

I get headaches, numb arms & ringing in my ears after simple physical activities such walking in mall, headaches usually go away after i sleep?

See doctor: This is not normal and there are certain serious conditions that can cause those symptoms. See a physician for an evaluation asap to rule out a serious condition. ...Read more

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When I go to sleep I get a horrible headache and my hands and arms go numb. If I lay on my back my hands go numb. Any ideas?

When I go to sleep I get a horrible headache and my hands and arms go numb.  If I lay on my back my hands go numb. Any ideas?

HEADACHE NUMBNESS: You need a check- up. It could be serious like aneurysm, space occupying lesions, or any circulation problems. It's better to know than guess what's causing the problem.Good luck! ...Read more

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Im in my 3rd trimester & I have notice that when im sleeping on either side my arms go numb, & I have been having some leg cramps. Is it normal?

Im in my 3rd trimester & I have notice that when im sleeping on either side my arms go numb, & I have been having some leg cramps. Is it normal?

Staypuff marshmellow: At this stage in pregnancy you are carrying a heavy child, and an enormous amount of circulatory fluid and extra blood so when you sleep on your arm, it too "goes to sleep" from the pressure and temporary obstruction of circulation and nerve compression. Use pillows liberally and change positions often to avoid the problem. ...Read more