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Why do hands go numb while sleeping?

Updated November 21, 2016

If you are routinely waking at night with numb hands, you may have a problem. Occasionally, the numbness can be explained easily if you are lying on your hands or arms when you sleep. If this is not the case for you, then you may have an underlying disease or other condition that is leading to hand numbness.

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Nerve Damage

If you have sustained an injury to the nerves in your hands, or the nerves have been damaged by disease, this can result in numbness. You may not feel these other symptoms because you are asleep. Numbness is generally preceded by a pins-and-needles sensation or a burning or prickling feeling. These sensations are considered paresthesias. Numbness is not paralysis because you can still move your hand but you have experienced loss of sensation.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

If you are waking up with numb hands, this is a good indication that you may be suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, also known as repetitive strain injury, according to Mycarpaltunnel.com. If you make the same movements with your hands over and over again during the course of the day, this can take its toll.

Carpal Tunnel and Other Conditions

CPS or RSI is a disorder that can spread into the elbow, neck and shoulder or result in other concerns such as thoracic outlet syndrome or even aggravation of fibromyalgia. Certain conditions can be crippling and prevent you from doing your job.

Diseases Causing Numbness in Hands

Numb hands can be a symptom of numerous diseases, including but not limited to, Guillain-Barre syndrome, Type 2 diabetes, Raynaud's disease, Siogren's syndrome, HIV or AIDS, syphilis, ulnar nerve compression and alcoholism.

Homeopathic Approach

Before you can effectively treat your numb hands, get a diagnosis so that you know what you're dealing with, according to Nativeremedies.com. Homeopathic remedies exist that reportedly not only treat the symptom (numbness) but the underlying condition. Homeopathic remedies are believed by some to be very helpful in healing damaged nerves. Ask your physician or herbalist about using magnesium phosphate, kalium phosphate and ferrum phosphoricum, all of which are biochemic tissue salts. Do not take magnesium sulphate, kalium phosphate or ferrum phosphoricum without first consulting with your health care provider. Native remedies.com reports that these salts assist in the nutritional needs of your nerves and your brain while additionally encouraging systemic balance in your total nervous system.

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About the Author

Cindi Pearce

Cindi Pearce is a graduate of Ohio University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in journalism. She completed both the undergraduate and graduate courses offered by the Institute of Children’s Literature. Pearce has been writing professionally for over 30 years.

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