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Saturday, February 20, 2010

How to Make Your Arm Fall Asleep Fast

Rose knows according to Google people search for how to make your arm fall asleep fast 58 times a month. Though I find this a bit odd and a little bit disturbing, I will try to answer the question. If your arm falls asleep it will feel like dead weight, which is definitely a strange sensation. When you wake up in the middle of the night you won’t be able to move your arm at all. As you try to move your arm the uncomfortable tingling intensifies. How does this happen? When you apply pressure to your arm by laying on it for an extended amount of time you will cut off communication from your brain to your arm. As your nerve pathways are squeezed they cannot transmit electrochemical impulses properly. Your nerve impulses carry sensation information from the nerve endings to the brain and when you interfere with the transmission by squeezing the nerve pathways you won’t have feeling and your brain has trouble telling your arm what to do.

The pressure also constricts the arteries in the arm which carries nutrients to the arm’s cells. Without these nutrients the nerve cells behave abnormally, which also interferes with your arms sensations. Due to both of these factors, the information from your arm becomes somewhat mixed up and the brain receives strange messages. Some nerve cells won’t be able to transmit any information at all while others will send message erratically. This is what causes the tingling sensation, which actually serves an important function. The tingling sensation is a warning that you are cutting off circulation and if it is extended for a long period of time may cause nerve damage, therefore, waking you up to tell you to readjust your position.

Once you do move the nerve impulses will begin to flow properly again however, you may not regain feeling right away. It takes time for the nerves to transmit impulses correctly again which may intensify the tingling sensation and is sometimes followed by an uncomfortable burning before your arm feels normal. This is due to the fact that your nerves are made up of separate long nerve cells that carry different impulses. These nerve fibers have different surrounding structures as some fibers are thicker so it will take longer to begin transmitting impulses properly after they’ve been constricted. The fibers that transmit pain and temperature information are thinner so you feel the tingling much quicker. Motor control fibers are also thinner than the ones that control touch, so you can move your arm before you regain complete feeling in it. Eventually, all nerves will return to normal and you will regain full use of your arm.
Good Day
Rose Sheepskill

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the information. In return let me explain why ppl want to know how to do this. When your in a pinch, making your arm/leg fall asleep will allow you to 'set a fractured bone' without sedation/pain medication. The same applies for stiching up a deep cut. Also useful for cleansing burn wounds.