Do you ever find yourself waking up with numb hands? The good news is that many people can experience this. Depending on your sleep position throughout the night, could lead to numbness in the morning. The problem should resolve itself as soon as you wake up and reposition. If the numbness does not go away or you wake up with sore or curled hands, there could be a larger problem. Numb hands could be a symptom of an underlying medical condition. It is important to be aware of other symptoms along with numb hands. 

Possible Causes of Numbness

One possible cause for hand numbness is repetitive hand motions such as typing on a keyboard, playing video games, or using machinery. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is one common disease related to repetitive hand movement. It is caused by compression on the median nerve in the carpal tunnel, which is a narrow passageway on the front of your wrist. Tingling and numbness are the most common symptoms. Weakness in grip strength may also occur. Another possibility for hand numbness is damage to the peripheral nervous system. Damage to the peripheral nervous system will cause hands and feet to have a tingling sensation or numbness. If you wake up with your hands curled up at night, it could be caused by your sleeping position or a developing medical condition. Sleeping in a certain position puts pressure on the arms and cuts off circulation. If you sleep in the fetal position, you are causing the tunnels to become narrower resulting in fewer nerves being able to pass through to the hands. The curling of the hands at night could also be caused by arthritis. Arthritis is the swelling and tenderness of one or more joints. The main symptoms of arthritis are joint pain and stiffness, which typically worsen with age. There are many other diseases or disorders that are related to waking up with sore, curled, or numb hands. Speaking with a sleep specialist is the best thing to do to find out what is wrong. 

Treating Hand Numbness

Treating hand numbness depends on the cause. If the numbness is occasional, you may only need to get recommendations from a sleep specialist for home remedies. If you have a larger problem you may need to be prescribed medication or go through physical therapy. Even if you are not sure of the seriousness of the problem, speaking with a sleep specialist will help to identify it.

Speak to a Sleep Specialist at Jacksonville Sleep Center Today 

At Jacksonville Sleep Center, you are able to meet with a sleep doctor to discuss your daily habits and sleep habits. It is important to make an appointment if you are experiencing any numbness in your hands for a prolonged period of time. Even if you are unsure, our team will be able to identify a problem and give recommendations or treatments. Book an appointment today at Jacksonville Sleep Center to start waking up happier.