If after a night's sleep you feel numbness in your hands, then you are familiar with the fear that "whispers" in your ear: "what if this is for good?" As a rule, after you stretch your hand, the numbness goes away, but only until the next night.
There may be several reasons for this condition. The most harmless of them is the wrong position of the neck during sleep, when the pillow is too high or, conversely, too low. Due to this incorrect position, the cervical muscles are strained, as a result of which the vessels are compressed and do not allow blood to flow in the required amount to the tissues. In this case, the problem can only be solved experimentally, gradually lowering or raising the pillow until the hands stop numb during sleep. Sometimes it is enough to simply change the pillow to solve this problem.
Another easily solvable cause of numbness in men is the so-called "wedding night syndrome", when girls put their heads on their partner's shoulder and fall asleep in this position. As a result, overnight, under the weight of a rather heavy head, the artery is blocked and then the hand becomes numb in a young man.
But sometimes numbness of the hands or, in scientific terms, paresthesia can be an alarming signal. In particular, nocturnal loss of hand sensation may indicate the formation of a blood clot in an artery. If you wake up and notice that the numbness does not go away for more than an hour, you should immediately consult a doctor. The consequence of untimely medical intervention can be irreversible consequences in the tissues.
Also, numbness in the hands may indicate carpal tunnel or carpal tunnel syndrome. It occurs when your wrists are under heavy strain, for example, when working at a computer for a long time. The median nerve runs through the wrist to the fingers through a very narrow canal. During exercise, this channel narrows and pinches the nerve, resulting in pain and numbness in the wrist area.
Very often, numbness of the hands during sleep is associated with problems with the spine, or rather, with its cervical region. You can recognize osteochondrosis by pain in the area just below the back of the head. They are constantly pulling in nature, and these unpleasant sensations can, as it were, pass from the upper back to the arms.