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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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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
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?
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
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My 4 wk old wont stop crying unless II let her fall asleep in my arms. Is it bad to leave her be and let her cry, or should I just carry her?
If U plan to forever: A 4wk old does not know when she's sleeping or that sleep would help her fatigue.Parents who rock/cary infants have 3-4x 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. Bathe her to relax, place in crib & read to her from a distance. ...Read more
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