Hands falling asleep? 4 Causes and treatment of numbness in the hands & tingling


Introduction – Hands fall asleep

Hand numbness is a common phenomenon experienced by many people. It can have various causes and is often caused by temporary factors such as poor sleeping positions or pressure on the nerves. In this article, we will take a closer look at the causes and treatment options for numb hands.

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What does it mean when your hands fall asleep?

Numbness in the hands occurs when the blood flow or nerve supply in the hands is impaired. This may cause tingling, numbness, or a loss of sensation in the hands. Numbness in the hands may be temporary and improve after changing position or standing up, or it may be chronic and occur regularly.

Hands fall asleep – causes

There are several reasons why your hands may fall asleep, including:

Sleeping position: An unfavorable sleeping position that restricts blood flow to the hands can cause the hands to fall asleep.
Nerve compression: Pressure on the nerves in the hands or wrist can cause the hands to fall asleep. This can be caused by activities such as typing on a keyboard for long periods of time or holding a heavy object.
Circulatory disorders: Diseases such as arteriosclerosis or Raynaud’s syndrome can impair blood flow to the hands and lead to falling asleep.
Neurological diseases: Certain neurological diseases such as carpal tunnel syndrome or peripheral neuropathy can also cause the hands to fall asleep.

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Doctor conducts a comprehensive Carpal Tunnel Syndrome test with a senior woman, assessing wrist function and nerve health

Treatment options

Treatment for numbness in the hands depends on the underlying cause and may include:

Change your sleeping position: Changing your sleeping position or using an ergonomic pillow can help reduce pressure on the nerves in your hands and reduce the risk of falling asleep.
Physiotherapy: Certain medical devices, such as the curpal, can widen the carpal tunnel and provide treatment for the health problem.
Medications: In some cases, medications such as anti-inflammatories or muscle relaxants may be prescribed to relieve symptoms.
Surgery: In severe cases, especially compression syndromes such as carpal tunnel syndrome, surgical release of the affected nerves may be considered.


Numbness in the hands can be an annoying symptom that can have various causes. It is important to identify the underlying cause and take appropriate measures to relieve symptoms and prevent long-term damage.

If your hands regularly fall asleep, curpal can help treat it without surgery.

Sources and references:

– Cleveland Clinic. (2022). Hand numbness. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/symptoms/19407-hand-numbness
-MayoClinic. (2022). Hand numbness. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/carpal-tunnel-syndrome/symptoms-causes/syc-20355603


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