The majority of us have awoken in the middle of the night to find that our arm or hand has gone numb or "fallen asleep." We occasionally experience a prickling feeling, as if tiny "pins and needles" are penetrating our skin. Paresthesia is the medical term for this, but why does it happen, and is it something to be concerned about?
Sleeping on our stomachs with our hands beneath our bodies, lying on our backs with our hands under our heads, or drifting off on our side with our arm twisted are all bad sleeping positions that can put too much pressure on our nerves. Our nervous system responds with a tingling sensation as a result of the disturbance in blood flow.
The ulnar nerve is crucial for supplying sensation to our hands and runs from the shoulder to the elbow. A pinched or compressed ulnar nerve can cause wrist pain, a weak grip, and numbness in the hand. The discomfort normally goes away on its own, but if it lasts more than two days, you should consult a doctor.
Vitamin B12, which may be found in meat, fish, poultry, and dairy products, helps to maintain the health of our neurons and blood cells. Nerve disorders can be caused by a deficiency of Vitamin B12 in the body, which might appear as a reduced or tingling sensation.
When we are nervous or agitated, our bodies trigger the fight or flight response, which causes stress hormones to be released in specific areas to help us deal with the perceived threat. This physiological response involves shifting blood flow to other sections of the body that are more important to our survival. The sensation of pins and needles is caused by reduced circulation in some locations.
Chronic paresthesia can also be a sign of a medical illness that affects the neurological system of the body. It's advisable to contact your doctor or health care provider right once if your numbness is accompanied by muscle weakness or other symptoms.
How to prevent numbness in the morning
When the pressure is removed from the arm, the sensation typically returns, however shaking the hand can help improve blood flow.
To relieve neck stress and unwind nerves, you can also stretch your arms upward, swing your head side to side, and rotate your shoulders up and down.
Avoid folding the arms and hands under the torso by properly positioning them. To promote healthy blood flow, keep your wrists straight. To avoid cutting off blood circulation to the hands, sleep with your arms at your sides rather than lifted over your head. The fetal posture should be avoided since it puts pressure on the nerves due to the bent arms and elbows.
You won't have to worry about bending your wrists while sleeping if you use splints or braces. To keep the elbow from folding, wrap a towel around it and tie it with a bandage.
Regular exercise helps to improve our general cardiovascular health and blood circulation. Good dietary habits can also aid in the prevention of vitamin deficiencies and the reduction of nerve discomfort.
Consult your doctor if you have severe or persistent symptoms to see if the numbness or prickly sensation is caused by a medical issue and to discuss the best treatment or medicine.
Rapid numbness can be a sign of a stroke, so get treatment right away if you're experiencing dizziness, paralysis, difficulty speaking, loss of balance, or a terrible headache.
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