Carpal tunnel syndrome: hands fall asleep


Almost everyone knows the feeling of falling asleep hands. In most cases, falling asleep hands is a sign that nerve tracts are pinched off or nerves are undersupplied due to pinching of vessels. Carpal tunnel syndrome is often the cause. Should you see a doctor if your hands keep falling asleep?

Sleeping in the wrong position at night can temporarily cut off blood flow or pinch nerves. The result is a tingling in the fingers or a numb hand or arm. The reason for this is that the nerve endings in the skin send a signal to the brain via the nerve tracts, which cannot be clearly assigned from there.

So if your hands occasionally fall asleep at night, this is usually a sign of a hypersensitivity reaction, triggered by an incorrect sleeping position. As long as such discomfort occurs only occasionally, it is usually harmless. Caution is advised, however, if hands or arms regularly fall asleep at night or if Tingling in the fingers or pain in the hands and poor occur frequently and regularly.

Hands fall asleep: reason for a doctor's visit?

A tingling in the hands, numb fingertips, severe pain up to the elbow are typical Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (KTS). Carpal tunnel syndrome is a bottleneck syndrome in the middle nerve of the hand in the area of the carpal canal, i.e. in the carpal canal, which often results in abnormal sensations in the thumb, index, middle and ring fingers as well as fine motor restrictions.

So if your hands keep falling asleep, if your fingertips tingle regularly or if you have pain in your arms and hands, then you should take action. Because doctors warn that carpal tunnel syndrome is often not treated early enough. This can result in serious impairments. So, if your arm or hand feels numb or weak or even paralyzed, or if you constantly feel like ants are walking down your hand or arm, it is high time to see a doctor.

However, a visit to the doctor is also advisable if you experience numb hands every night, if you are regularly woken up at night by pain in your hand or arm, or if you have the impression that the Strength in your hands and especially in your thumb subsides. Because these abnormal sensations are typical signs of carpal tunnel syndrome.

"My hands are falling asleep"

carpal tunnel syndrome kts
Carpal tunnel syndrome: hands fall asleep

These problems usually appear between the ages of 40 and 70, especially at night: you wake up because it hurts from your hand to your upper arm or because your hand has fallen asleep again.

About every tenth German citizen knows these symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. Experts estimate that women are affected five times more often than men. If the symptoms appear regularly, you should definitely consult a doctor. Because if carpal tunnel syndrome is not treated in time, it can result in serious impairments.

Find out more about curpal – the experience report.


Interesting articles

News about the KTS

We will keep you up to date and provide information about treatment methods for carpal tunnel syndrome.


You are not sure?

Take the self-test here