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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Wake Up Feeling Energized

When Coffee Becomes a Necessity

The pleasant morning ritual that most find too painful to part with has become a temporary chemical solution to treating drowsiness. That’s right, let’s talk about the black pot of goodness, and an alternative to keep that energy lasting throughout the day.

Generally speaking, a restless night’s sleep will have us running towards the coffee pot or shop, with the intention of waking up and staying alert. However, coffee only provides a short-term solution that can possibly lead to long-term side effects.

When consumed, coffee acts as a chemical stimulation that leaves your body struggling to adapt to the increased blood levels… which we sadly mistake for “energy”. The caffeine from your cup of joe sends a signal and adrenaline is released to provide you with the extra spark you had been feigning for. Your body then goes into fight or flight mode stirring up stress hormones and complete relaxation may become impossible. Building a tolerance to caffeine can become detrimental when the thing you were using to wake up disguises itself, and becomes the thing that is disrupting your sleep.

 

Put Down The Coffee and Pick Up a Dumbbell

How about changing that morning ritual to something that will not only increase productivity and energy levels, but will also increase your lifespan and quality of life? Making time for a quick workout, run, or activity is the best way to create a beneficial lifestyle. Fitness releases those feel-good hormones also known as endorphins, and also increases mental acitivity that lasts anywhere from four to ten hours afterwords.

By creating a morning workout schedule and sticking to it even on the groggiest of mornings will take a turn for the better. Just like anything in life, it takes time to adjust. Your body’s endocrine system and circadian rhythms will grow accustomed to your new routine and physiologically, some wonderful things will begin to happen: A few hours prior to awakening, your body will begin to prepare for waking and exercise. Your metabolism and all the hormones involved in activity will begin to elevate, which will contribute to you feeling alert and energized when you do wake up. It’s time you learn how to enjoy your cup of coffee and not depend on it. One thing you can rely on is your morning workout to get you out of bed and into a productive lifestyle.

 

 

Recharging Your Brain

You glance at the time just to find you are only half-way through your day and there are still workloads to be managed. As you take a deep breath and strategize your next move, whether it be to the coffee pot or the nearest vending machine, your eyes begin to feel heavy and your train of thought comes to a screeching halt. When these symptoms occur, the only thing you can think about is crawling under your desk and taking a snoozer. Well, it’s time to act on those thoughts, and take the steps necessary for your well-being and recharge those batteries.

Napping leaves you feeling mentally refreshed. It increases serotonin levels which puts you in a better mood and increases performance. For a boost of alertness, experts advise a 10-20 minute nap is suitable to restore brain activity and heighten procedural memory. For intellectual memory processing, a 60 minute nap may add even more value to your day. Of course this depends upon whether your employer allows you an extensive break, or if you have time in-between classes.

In this unyielding, fast-paced world, prioritizing your workload and personal life may seem asymmetrical at times. So, instead of brewing up another pot of joe, close your office door, dim the lights, and shut off the nagging voices in your head. Try holding a set of keys or a pen in your hand as you doze off, the prop will usually fall 15-20 minutes into your nap (before you enter a different phase of sleep) and wake you up. If you aren’t particularly fond of naps because you find that you wake up groggy, the next time you take a siesta, try sipping on a cup of coffee before hand. Caffeine usually takes 20 minutes to kick in, and won’t hurt such a short break and should lessen the effect of sleep inertia upon awakening.

Don’t feel guilty for taking a few minutes to recharge. Enjoy a “cat-nap” and reap the benefits of improved productivity, energy, creativity, and extended mental capacity that it provides.