Numb hands during sleep

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    Aug 23, 2010 3:29 PM GMT
    Because I went back to the gym a few months ago (after a 4-month hiatus), I've noticed that my hands are numb again while I sleep. I have to shake them often to get blood back in my hands during the night. Once again, I have to wear hand splints while sleeping so my wrists will not bend, cutting off the blood supply.

    This perplexes me. Even though my sleeping position has always been on my side with my wrist bent and tucked under the pillow, I don't have any numbness but when I hit the gym and my arms grow, the numbness return.

    I'm trying to figure out the correlation between the two. Can anyone help?
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    Aug 23, 2010 5:28 PM GMT
    viveutvivas saidIt is most probably not blood supply but some nerve impingement causing the numbness.

    When I sleep with my elbow bent, half my hand goes numb. Straightening the elbow resolves it. Obviously, a nerve is getting pinched in the elbow.
    So I have nerve impingement at the wrists since the hand splints alleviate the problem?
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    Aug 23, 2010 5:41 PM GMT
    viveutvivas saidVery possible. The gym likely causes thickening of muscle attachments and connective tissue in the wrist, causing less space for the nerve. Also, read up on carpal tunnel syndrome.

    I know about CTS. However, what you just said about the thickening of wrist muscles and tissue can explain why it goes numb when I'm back at the gym and stops when I take a break from the gym!

    So in other words, if I'm gonna go BIG and stay BIG, gotta wear the splints FOREVER!