Have anybody received an answer to numbness on your fingers after waking up, it goes away after a little while.
Have anybody received an answer to numbness on your fingers after waking up, it goes away after a little while.
Here is what I found online at a reputable Medical site... it is a common problem (for most of us, at least)... so adjust your sleeping patterns:
Ever wake up with your hand or arm all numb and tingling? It feels like it's still asleep? You may have a pressure palsy, a temporary impairment of function of the peripheral nerves. They're very common, but they can be disturbing because some of the symptoms are similar to those of a stroke, a heart attack or other serious problems.
Palsy is an old word for paralysis and in these nocturnal palsies what is happening is that the position you're in while asleep puts pressure on a nerve here. While you lie there relatively immobile and sleep, the pressure is interrupting the flow of impulses up and down the nerve. This mechanical pressure causes the symptoms of tingling and numbness and the feeling of weakness.
For example, if you're sleeping on your back with your arms at your side, your elbows may be resting against the mattress. This puts pressure on the ulnar nerve (ulnar is just the Latin word for forearm) where this nerve comes close to the surface of the inside of your elbow- right here. You probably know it as the funny bone, although I've never found that tingling sensation particularly amusing. Lying on your back, with the ulnar nerve compressed against the mattress causes the nerve to short circuit. The feelings of tingling and discomfort actually wake you up - it's protective. It wants to interrupt your sleep so that you'll change position. The feeling itself is quite strange. It's like the symptoms of numbness that you get in your face when you have freezing at the dentist. But it does clear quickly when you move your arm and hand. It should go away within a few minutes.
Another common nocturnal palsy pattern is carpal tunnel syndrome. While sleeping, many of us have our hands and wrists flexed, like this, and that puts pressure on the median nerve as it travels deep in this tunnel of tissue and tendons through the wrist area into the hand. This pressure causes the same kind of numbness and tingling, but this time those feelings are down here where the nerve comes to the surface, over the thumb side of the palm of the hand and your index, middle and ring fingers.
There are several other common palsies that occur at night, with the same numbness and tingling and sometimes pain. Of course the location of these symptoms depends on which particular nerve has pressure or tension on it due to the position that you are sleeping in. So try not to get on your own nerves when you sleep.
Ok, you all might have carpal or cubital tunnel syndrome, but it is most probably a simple case of hand ischemia. That is, no blood comes through your blood vessels into the arm, and you get into that numbness state. Soon later, bad metabolite products stimulate pain receptors and you wake up from your sleep. You can't move your hand (or arm) yet, but as you relieve the pressure of the blood vessel, the blood comes rushing in, revitalizing the arm. In less then a minute, you may get a cramp, again from those bad-metabolite productes (lactates). But it's nothing to worry about, the tissues in the arm can survive long enough without oxygen. (unlinke brain cells).
So don't put your partner in a sleeping bag. You can just try not to hug her so much during sleep.
[QUOTE=Chillywilly;39480]My partner and I have just started to notice that we both wake up periodicly during the night experiencing numbness in our hands. Surely we both cant have developed this syndrome simultaneously, can we?
I have given it some thought and it seems the numbness coincided with the weather turning cooler and our purchase of a new duvet. The duvet is just a tad too small which results in a nocturnal tug of war for duvet coverage. I rekon when you've pulled the duvet off the other person you tend to grip it tightly up around your neck, elbows bent. How many times this happens during the is anyones guess.
I'm going to make my partner sleep in a sleeping bag tonight to see if I can prove my point.[/QUOTE]
I had the same exact issue, and it turned out the nerves in my neck were impinged and referring the sensation to my arms and hands due to my poor sleeping posture. Because I have shoulder injuries, I thought that was originally the root of the problem (torn labrum). Thank God I did not opt for surgery! There is a product called the Atlast Sleep orthopedic pillow and I got relief the first night. The way the device/pillow works is, it recurves your entire upper cervical lordosis and frees up impinged nerves in your neck that could be referring the problem. I live in Tampa Bay, and the my doctor is Dr. Ira Azneer located in Largo, Fl. Is is insurance reimbursable, however, for those of you who can afford it, you can buy it with out a prescription at this address: [url]http://shop.atlastpillow.com/main.sc[/url] if you can't, have your doctor prescribe it.
Good Luck and God Bless!
your "tingling" description sounds like you've been sleeping on your hands though. I get that feeling quite often when I am sitting improperly, my legs would get numb and when i stand up , I will first feel that tingling feeling then I will feel blood rush through. On my sleep I've had that happen a few times, too.
I also have the numbness in both hands, but it is mainly in my ring and pinky. I was first told I had carpal tunnel when I was 14 and am in the habit of altering things to fit it. The numbness in the last two fingers only started a few months ago about the same time that my carpal tunnel started hurting most of the time with no breaks. Since I have gone to the physical therapist and have been told it is also cubital tunnel and medial epicondylitis. I have splints for the night and even with restricted use of both arms the pain and other problems aren't going away. Next step is nerve study to find out where exactly the problem lies. Interesting part is that my mother also has carpal and cubital tunnel syndromes.
I've had this for over six years. It was said to be related to DIET! If I eat bread or wheat or even highly processed complex carbohydrates, I will wake up with this EVERY time.
About six years ago, I had this pretty bad. I woke up many a morning with absolutely no feeling in my hands and sometimes legs or the full arm. However, a doctor about six years ago described it as pre-diabetic reaction to certain foods. These foods cause the blood to be thicker and harder to circulate to the feet or hands. It made sense to me at the time. I only get the numbness now when I eat those foods that are wheat, bread, cake, crackers or complex carbohydrates of any kind. If I stick to natural foods (vegetables, proteins, even (fats), I never have this symtom and I've lost about 45 pounds over the six years.
Now, I pretty much stay away from the Bread, crackers, chips (anything from a box). Perhaps it is gluten related allergy as this was idea was not around then.
Before considering any surgery, try a diet change. It worked for me. There are some good diet books out there as well. Try Suzanne Somers; 'get skinny on fabulous food' -oldie but a goodie.
Can someone shed any light on this?! When the weather gets hotter outside i wake up with numb hands and its quite painful intil i get the feeling back about 20-30 seconds later. I have noticed i don't really get it at all in the winter, just when its hot outside and when on holiday too. Im 23 and since it started a few years ago i have random muscle twitches all the time. I went to the neurologist who said he didnt know what it was. But when i was in the police i was referred to their own doctor who said it could all be dehydration. Could this be right?
Numbness in the hands and feet can be attributed to many factors and some illnesses. Its annoying.
Dehydration can cause the body to tighten up and things like sore joints as there is not enough fluid in the muscle. It is important to keep hydrated - particularly if active, in cold or hot extreme weather, airconditioning, when sick etc. Proper hydration helps the body work better generally and there are numerous stresses dehydration places on the body (fatigue, dizziness, joint aches etc).
People with diabetes and MS often report issues with (perpetual) numbness in hands and feet on waking - sometimes lasting all day or periods of time. Carpel tunnel issues dont help and can be another factor.
More often the sleeping positions we find ourselves in are the cause. Curling the wrists over whilst sleeping in a foetal ball, lying awkwardly on your side with your body weight crushing your arms, or for some people lying on their back with arms in weird positions for instance. Your blood flow slows during sleep and cutting off the blood supply to your arms, hands, whatever can result in the extreme numbness and pins and needles.
Wrist splints can help keep your hands from curling and crushing the tendons, but they can take some getting used to. Well worth it though.
If you type alot or use computers or sit hunched at a desk most of the day, stretching your arms, back and body every couple of hours is a good habit to get into. Just to help improve circulation and flexibility.
Posture and bad muscular issues can make things like this worse - if your muscles are tight or you have sore neck and shoulders, or pinched nerves which can make you sleep in uncomfortable positions. Or create a general tightness in your body.
A good additional therapy that i've found helpful is yoga. It makes the body more flexible, limber and definitely improves circulation. Its great because it is gentle but it works well at keeping your musco-skeletal system in optimum working order, not to mention the calming effects on the mind if you really get into it. Its great to realign. And when i do it regularly, if i sleep in dodgy positions i get far less of the "numb limb syndrome" goin on.
Even just learning a number of key poses and stretches to do regularly might be something you would like to try. If you dont have time to go to classes, find some reputable instruction on the net (youtube even) and give it a shot.
I highly recommend it - its helped me feel so much better, especially with working on a computer for countless hours. My back and neck and shoulders dont ache. I rarely get sore hands. If i do some in the morning i have a good start to the day, but if i do it before bed it kind of relaxes me into sleep. Im often time poor, but i know how much it helps, so even if i spend 10-15mins i find it makes a difference.
I've also found that when im already sore in the arm or wrist (repetitive strain by typing for eg), my hands go numb more easily when i sleep, but the other awesome thing that i do is go and get some acupuncture. I see a guy who attaches small battery operated electrode to the needles. It doesn't hurt one bit! It just passes a light pulse through the needles and along the muscle (at a controlled speed) and the benefits are enhanced so much more rapidly. It improves my blood flow, and by the next day im back to normal with no pain or soreness from the aggravated arm, wrist, bodypart no matter how many wks i may have felt it. all i ever need is one treatment. Who knows. Maybe all my rabbiting on will help someone :)
Poor Circulation, not enough blood being pumped to the extremities. Over time this can cause nerve damage and this is the cause of the numbness / coldness in the hands and feet. I think there is a misconception about high blood pressure and that people believe high blood pressure means that more blood id being pumped through the body. In fact the the heart is working harder to pump blood. high blood pressure = poor circulation = less blood to extremities = numbness in hands.
Give yourself extra points if you smoke, are overweight, don't exercise and consume caffeine or engage in any other activity which restricts the blood vessels.