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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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Why do I sleep with my hands clenched?

Why do I sleep with my hands clenched?

Stress: You are experiencing a measure of the stress you have. Consider a consult with a cognitive behavioral therapist for stress reduction training ...Read more

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Why do my hands swell and hurt when I'm sleeping and sometimes even when I'm not sleeping? I don't sleep on my hands.

Why do my hands swell and hurt when I'm sleeping and sometimes even when I'm not sleeping? I don't sleep on my hands.

Go to a doctor: The doctor can run a series of tests that might explain why your hands are swelling and hurt. You need to rule out rheumatoid arthritis or other joint diseases. ...Read more

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My thumb and index finger have been numb for 3 days now. I know I sleep on my hands also but never this long.

My thumb and index finger have been numb for 3 days now. I know I sleep on my hands also but never this long.

Hand numbness: The numbness in the thumb and index finger points to a C6 nurse root impingement. There is probably degenerative arthritis or bulging disk at that level. This needs further evaluation and treatment options discussion ...Read more

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I'm diabetic and have been for close to 17yrs. I woke up the other day and my hand was numb, thought it was because I sleep on my hands and sometime that happens but it goes away later. It did not and the tips of my fingers are numb. Should I go to the d

I'm diabetic and have been for close to 17yrs. I woke up the other day and my hand was numb, thought it was because I sleep on my hands and sometime that happens but it goes away later. It did not and the tips of my fingers are numb. Should I go to the d

See a neurologist: If your symptoms are not in legs but only one hand or even 2 hands then likelihood of carpal tunnel syndrome is more. Diabetic neuropathy generally begins in feet and often causes burning in feet. You need ncv/emg study along with neurologial evaluation for accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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My fingers turn white when I get cold and I have a lump on my wrist - could this be carpel tunnel? Nothing hurts yet - I sleep on my hands too.

My fingers turn white when I get cold and I have a lump on my wrist - could this be carpel tunnel? Nothing hurts yet - I sleep on my hands too.

2 things: The white fingers could be raynaud's phenomenon -- the simple treatment is to always keep your hands warm (wear mittens and not gloves in the cold). The lump on your wrist is most likely a ganglion cyst -- it may resolve spontaneously or never really bother you enough to do anything with it. You could take meds if your fingers become painful; you could have surgery is your cyst gets in the way. ...Read more

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Why do I have buzzing hands when waking up from sleep?

Why do I have buzzing hands when waking up from sleep?

See a doctor: Could be your sleep position, could be a nerve or circulation problem when you are lying down. If this occurs quite often, I would see a doctor for some tests. ...Read more

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What are some possible reasons that my hands itch when I need to sleep?

What are some possible reasons that my hands itch when I need to sleep?

Hand itch: Usually if infections have been ruled out, like scabies etc, itching burning sensation of hands and legs may indicate RLS and also may indicate low iron and need for Dopamine supplements if this is the case. ...Read more

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Hands go to sleep?

Hands go to sleep?

Which fingers: Carpal tunnel is a very common malady that involves the "tunnel" that the nerves of the wrist going through being too small for the nerve itself. It is relieved with releasing the ligament that forms the roof of the tunnel. You may have carpal tunnel syndrome. ...Read more

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What causes hands to clench up during sleep?

What causes hands to clench up during sleep?

I do this also: There may be several factors. It could be a response to the stresses in our lives. Some people clench and grind their jaws and teeth and some people exhibit their tensions elsewhere. Clenching my hands has exacerbated my carpal tunnel condition causing tingling in my hands. I now where a brace to help prevent me from clenching my hands. You may want to see a hand specialist, I did. ...Read more

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If my hands go to sleep, somewhat, would that be a sign of using the keyboard to much?

If my hands go to sleep, somewhat, would that be a sign of using the keyboard to much?

Not the whole hand: Could be but generally it wouldn't be your whole hand. It would be either the pinkie side or the median nerve distribution (carpal tunnel). ...Read more

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I fall asleep quicker if lying on my right side but have an issue falling/going back to sleep on my left. Is it because I'm right handed?

I fall asleep quicker if lying on my right side but have an issue falling/going back to sleep on my left. Is it because I'm right handed?

Heart Anatomy: Not your handedness, but the location of your heart determines this. Your heart is on your left side and when you sleep most people will sleep on there right side, because you do not put pressure on your heart as when you lay on your left side. People do turn through the night and sleep on there back and left side for a period of time. ...Read more

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Can hard excercise give u hands sleeping feeling, my hands hurts a little, and are semi sleep, I and working hard on weights, can this be due to this?

Can hard excercise give u hands sleeping feeling, my hands hurts a little, and are semi sleep, I and working hard on weights, can this be due to this?

POSSIBLY: If you are lifting weights with a grip that is too tight, it may contribute to your symptoms. You may have a bar that is too thick (olympic bar vs standard?) you may want to use weight gloves. If in doubt, I would seek out a personal trainer. If symptoms persist or get worse, see a dr. ...Read more

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Hands go num while sleeping on side?

Numb: Nerves are electical wires with circuits which fingers sthumb to 1/2 4th finger on palm median nerve, same pattern on top radial nerve, 5th andq 1/2 4th is ulnar.. May be bend wrist or elbow compressing nerve while sleep. Could come from spinal cord at cervical area. There are tsts to determine area of " short" if severe. Could try cock up brace for wrist or keep elbow straight by using pillow. ...Read more

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Why was I chewing my hand in my sleeping?

Why was I chewing my hand in my sleeping?

Bruxism?: Could be a type of bruxism, or nighttime tooth grinding. It just happens to include your hand depending upon the sleep position you may be in. It is really had to say for sure, but if this is a common occurrence, then I would consider a nighttime bruxism mouthpiece. ...Read more

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My hand/s swells only when I sleep, I lift my hand and whatever is in there drains back into me and it goes away. What could cause this?

My hand/s swells only when I sleep, I lift my hand and whatever is in there drains back into me and it goes away. What could cause this?

Hand swelling: I wonder if your hand swells because it is hanging below the side of the bed or whether there is some constriction of venous flow by some twisting position of your wrist as you sleep. The symptom certainly appears to be positional as I assume your hand doesn't swell at other times when you're up and about. If swelling appears at other times have your MD examine your arm and hand. ...Read more

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Why everytime I wake up my left hand be sleep?

Why everytime I wake up my left hand be sleep?

Suspect carpal tunne: Suspect carpal tunnel if palmer surface involving thumb first second and thumb side of ring finger. Commonly aggravated when sleeping do to natural position of hands. Slightly flexed at wrist. See your doctor to confirm initial management is splints and possible steroid injection wrist. Can be initiated by thyroid disease so blood test appropriate. If no improvement then surgical intervention. ...Read more

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Blue hands in the morning? Could it be just from sleeping on top of my hands?

Blue hands in the morning? Could it be just from sleeping on top of my hands?

That's one cause: That is one benign explanation but you should be concerned about more serious problems ranging from high-grade blood vessel narrowing or poor heart function. ...Read more

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He has very itching hands both hands he has not been sleeping well what can I do?

Contact skin allergy: It is hard to tell exactly what may be the cause with so little information. However I would assume that the person is an adult and the condition is likely hand eczema from a contact allergy to something his hands are in frequent contact or irritant dermatitis from exposure to something irritating or washing the hands too often. Topical hydrocortisone may help. See a derm or allergist if needed ...Read more

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Why does my hand go to sleep when I am doing something or when I am not doing anything?

Nerve entrapment: Or a vascular issue. Go and see a doctor and have this evaluated. Many possible issues. ...Read more

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Why do my hands swell and hurt when I'm sleeping and sometimes even when I'm not sleeping?

Why do my hands swell and hurt when I'm sleeping and sometimes even when I'm not sleeping?

Varies: There are a lot of possibilities, including arthritic, inflammatory, and nerve compression syndromes. I would not hesitate to be seen for an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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I woke up in the middle of the night and my right hand was limp? What could cause this? No feeling. I sleep on couch

I woke up in the middle of the night and my right hand was limp? What could cause this? No feeling. I sleep on couch

Squashed nerves: Most likely, you fell asleep in a position in which you had prolonged pressure on the sensory and motor nerves of the arm. This would provide temporary numbness and weakness. I presume that things returned to normal after a while. If not, you should follow up with a physician. ...Read more

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Numbness and tingly in pinky both hands at night wakes me from sleep. I change positions it goes away. What could it be from?

Numbness and tingly in pinky both hands at night wakes me from sleep. I change positions it goes away. What could it be from?

Positional: Evaluate how you are holding your hands at night when you sleep. If they are clasped in one position for hours the compression can cause numbness in both pinkies. Get wrist splints or change how you sleep with pillows. If they continue to bother you go to doctor for full workup ...Read more

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My left hand always falls sleep I cant make a fits I shack it and move it up and down and it hurts badit gets strff should I be worry?

My left hand always falls sleep I cant make a fits I shack it and move it up and down and it hurts badit gets strff should I be worry?

Get an answer: You could have a pinched nerve at wrist, carpal tunnel syndrome, but other problems may be contributing. A hand specialist can help. Cannot answer your "worry" question, as that is up to you, but get a referral to hand expert. ...Read more

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11m old baby not sleeping even at 11pm. If I try to soothe or rock she jumps out of my hands and starts to roll on bed. How to soothe her?

11m old baby not sleeping even at 11pm. If I try to soothe or rock she jumps out of my hands and starts to roll on bed. How to soothe her?

Sleep hygiene: Try a new routine at bedtime, maybe avoid afternoon naps a bit, make sure she is in a quiet dark room without interruptions or noise before bedtime. Maybe sit down and get her ready for bedtime by reading a story, to get her drowsy on the way to going to sleep. Be creative : perhaps just try to wear her down without too much excitement in the evening so she just wants to nod off ...Read more

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My hands clench at night and wake me about 2 and Half. Hours into sleep. Very painful. Also does this when I nap. Also have extreme numbness. Help?

My hands clench at night and wake me about 2 and Half. Hours into sleep. Very painful. Also does this when I nap. Also have extreme numbness. Help?

Carpal tunnel: You might want to read about carpal tunnel syndrome. Pain and numbness in the hands when wrists are bent especially while sleeping. You can try carpal tunnel wrist braces to wear while sleeping. If you do a lot of typing, working with your hands etc very important to have set up ergonomically correct. Wearing wrist braces would be the first step to prevent the wrists from kinking while you sleep. ...Read more

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I have been getting numbness in my hands at night when I am sleeping for the ladt two months. I am not sleeping any differently than I usually do.?

I have been getting numbness in my hands at night when I am sleeping for the ladt two months. I am not sleeping any differently than I usually do.?

Carpal tunnel: If occurring exclusively at night, may still be carpal tunnel. Compressive nerve syndromes get worst at rest, but so can degeneration of nerves, or neuropathy. Need nerve conditions. ...Read more

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What is it called when your hand loses circulation while sleeping?

What is it called when your hand loses circulation while sleeping?

Poor hand circulatio: Poor hand circulation at night can cause pain or numbness or tingling. It can awaken you several times during the night and be quite bothersome. The sensation can be caused by nerves in the neck or circulation problems in the arms. Please see the following review: www. Buzzle. Com/articles/poor-circulation-in-hands-while...
That is why poor circulation in hands at night makes you get up often. ...Read more

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Why my hands fall asleep while I'm sleeping?

Why my hands fall asleep while I'm sleeping?

Sleep: It could be that you put pressure on your arm with your head or have medical conditions or low calcium. ...Read more

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My hands fall asleep when I am sleeping, why is that?

My hands fall asleep when I am sleeping, why is that?

Parathesia: These occur primarily from blood flow or nerve impingements during sleep in a particular posture. ...Read more

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What could cause hand numbness in the middle of my sleep?

Carpal tunnel synd.: There a re many potential causes, but by far the most common is carpal tunnel syndrome (cts). Cts is a compression of the median nerve at the wrist and many patients wake up with hand numbness. Usually initial treatment is a night spilint. If this does not work, surgery may be indicated. Thanks. ...Read more

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My hands are numb every time I sleep. What might be the problem?

My hands are numb every time I sleep. What might be the problem?

Vague: Hard to say without a history and exam. Could be your sleep position, a pinched nerve, circulation issue... See a Dr. Just to be sure. ...Read more

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Can't sleep bc of severe pain from burns on hand. Any suggestions?

Can't sleep bc of severe pain from burns on hand. Any suggestions?

Yikes sounds painful: Besides general over the counter pain remedies. Topicals that can be tried includin aloe vera, and you might even try some Milk of Magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) or zinc oxide. if those or around...obviously lots of options at the pharmacy/store. If the burn is severe and blistering perhaps worth getting professional help to prevent complications. The pain is reassuring in that the nerves weren't too badly damaged ...Read more