Why Your Limbs Fall Asleep

 

You wake up in the middle of the night to get a glass of water, and upon standing your legs buckle underneath you as you clumsily collapse to the ground. An uncomfortable tingling travels through your limb, and the only thing you can do is wait out the uncomfortable sensation until that body part “wakes up”. Obviously this type of thing happens when you sleep on your arm, or you have it above your head, but the question remains, what is going on inside of the body to cause that pins-and-needles feeling?

Sleeping Nerves

When you sleep with your arm above your head, underneath your head, or position your limb in any way that puts excess pressure on a nerve, it causes paresthesia. When your arm is asleep or “paresthesia syndrome” occurs, the nerve that has pressure applied stops sending impulses to the brain, therefore instructions from the brain to the body part have a difficult time communicating.

Pins & Needles

To put it into perspective, think of when you get a kink in a garden hose. The hose compresses and water eventually stops flowing. Once the pressure is relieved, the hose (your nerve cells) can begin to flow normally. There is a certain amount of lag time that your body takes to regain circulation and nerve flow. The increasing pins-and-needles feeling that stops us in our tracks occurs when the body part is shifted so that the nerves can wake-up and regain their functionality. The lack of pressure and fast surge of blood flow sends messages to the brain in different orders depending on the nerve size.

Waking Up

The first nerves to wake are the smaller ones, which are in charge of controlling pain and temperature triggering the tingling feeling. It’s not until the larger “touch” nerves awake until you regain feeling in your limb. And finally, the moment you have been waiting for, the motor neurons are able to communicate with the brain and control movement, allowing you to regain your composure and get out of bed or off of the floor, and get your glass of water.

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Chill Out, Rest Easy

As you narrow down the factors to resolve your slumber mystery, you may realize your health is the common denominator behind achieving a good nights rest. Choosing the appropriate room temperature to sleep in can affect your well-being and sleep habits more than you think. Temperature can have a big impact on your health and general productivity, so it is wise to pay attention to the thermostat.

Your body temperature follows a natural pattern of highs and lows during a 24 hour period. During this occurrence, peak temperature takes place in the late afternoon and reaches a minimum a few hours prior to awakening. When you go to sleep, your brain sets a target temperature for your body to achieve, if conditions fall too far below or above it can lead to restlessness. Sleeping conditions should be slightly cooler than normal; approximately around 65-72 F range is ideal for slumber. Cooler “climate” helps assist the decrease in body temperature that in turn initiates sleepiness. Studies show that temperature regulation plays a role in many cases of chronic insomnia. For instance, insomniacs tend to have a warmer core body temperature than normal sleepers just before bed, which leads to heightened struggle to fall asleep as the body tries to reset its internal thermostat.

Sleep is typically initiated during the time when body temperature starts to rapidly drop due to increased heat loss. If you are in a cooler room, your body has an easier time adjusting it’s internal thermostat to promote the proper temperature that invites sleep.Think of your bedroom as a place of hibernation,it should be cool, quiet and dark when trying to achieve quality rest.

 

Creating an atmosphere that encourages sleep is extremely important such as keeping electronics away from your sleeping space and using your room for sleep only. (Not for studying or work) Alongside your sleep atmosphere, one of the most important items that is a necessity in your bunk room is your mattress. Invest in a heavenly sleeping atmosphere by stopping by Mattresses For Less and finding the perfect mattress for you. Don’t let your old, worn out mattress be the last thing that is holding you back from the rest your body needs.