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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Arm numbness: 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
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
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
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
Circulation: This sounds like a problem with your circulation. Sometimes this can be purely related to being in the wrong position, sometimes this could represent a serious problem. You should get check by your doc. ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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