There is no doubt that it is an unpleasant feeling. When arms, hands, legs or feet “sleep,” it is difficult to know what to do to get them going again and make them feel normal. In this article you can learn more about why one gets the tingling sensation in hands and feet.
Numbness and tingling in hands and feet: What is it and why do you get it?
Both numbness and tingling are unusual and strange sensations that can appear anywhere in the body. Most often, however, you experience them in the arms, legs, hands, fingers and feet. Some of the most common reasons for the sleeping body parts are:
- To stay in the same position for long periods, no matter if you get up or sit down (for example during a trip or at the desk at work)
- A nerve damage – if you damage a nerve in your neck, you will experience these feelings in your arms and hands. If one gets an injury in a nerve in the lower back, it will affect the legs and feet
- Press on the nerves in the spine or the peripheral nerves
- Lack of blood flow due to inflammation of the blood vessels, atherosclerosis or a blood clot
- Imbalance in the levels of potassium, calcium or sodium.
- Vitamin B12 deficiency
- Intake of certain medications
- Nerve damage due to excessive alcohol intake, use of tobacco products or exposure to lead.
- Radiation treatment
- Stinging insects, mites or bites from animals
- Allergy to shellfish
- Carpal tunnel syndrome (in the wrist)
- Hypothyroidism (too low metabolism)
- Stroke or other cerebral ischemia
Homemade remedies and recommendations to relieve tingling in the hands and feet
Water is one of the best natural ways to “wake up” feet and hands when they fall asleep. Let the affected area “soak” in a bowl of cold water for about 10 minutes or until the tingling sensation stops. Some people also choose to force fingers, toes, or whatever part of the body is now numb, to move to get the feeling back.
Here are some other methods you can use as well:
Take a short walk in the room when the tingling sensation is about to emerge. You may need to stand still for a few minutes if you experience spasms in one of your legs. But walking around is a pretty effective way to wake up the sleeping body parts, especially if you have been sitting down for a long time.
Stand on tiptoe
This is another treatment for sleeping legs. Stand on tiptoe like a ballerina and then slowly slide your heels down towards the floor. Repeat 10 times to stimulate blood circulation in the legs and feet. If these body parts often fall asleep, you can do this exercise every night before going to bed so that you do not become numb while sleeping.
Eat more foods high in iron
Iron deficiency can be the cause of the tingling sensation in the hands and feet. Adding lentils and beets to your diet can help reduce the frequency of this feeling. It is also a good idea to eat more eggs, milk, nuts, peas, beans and green leafy vegetables, such as spinach and beetroot.
Make a compress with chili
This can help improve the feeling of tingling and tingling. You need about 12 red chili peppers. Boil them over high heat and then press them through a towel. Then apply this compress on the affected area. The heat from the chili will reduce the feeling of pain and discomfort. If you often experience this problem, you can have an ointment ready to warm up in an instant.
Avoid certain foods and beverages
It is recommended to avoid drinking coffee or alcohol during and after dinner. One should also avoid eating very heavy food in the evening.
Lead a healthy lifestyle
Stop smoking, get exercise through exercises such as swimming and learn to relax with yoga to reduce tension. Avoid spending too much time in the same standing or sitting position and walking in loose-fitting clothing to improve blood circulation.
Massage and position change
When you begin to feel that the tingling sensation is on its way, it is a good idea to massage or rub the area vigorously. One can even do this every night to prevent one’s arms and legs from falling asleep. Another good tactic is often to change one’s position. If you sit down, then stand up a little, lie down, you can sit up, stand up, you can sit down a little, etc. If you find that your legs and arms are falling asleep while you sleep, it can due to lying in the same position for a long time without moving. Try using pillows to lift the affected areas.
Wear appropriate footwear
You should always wear socks made of cotton or wool, which can absorb moisture and prevent tingling. Change socks three times a day (every eight hours). The shoes should be comfortable to walk in and made of leather or fabric. Be sure to check that the shoes provide adequate support for the arch of the foot or use insoles to give the feet more support. Try not to wear high heels or shoes that make one slip when walking – always make sure they have a good sole.
Do wall or ball exercises
When coming home from work, especially if you experience tingling or that your legs are asleep, you should take off your socks and shoes and stand with your back against a wall. Press fingers and palms against the wall and bend your legs slightly.
In the office at work, you can hold a rubber ball between your hands and press together as hard as you can. You can buy balls specially made for this kind of exercises and relieve the tingling in both hands and feet. One can also do the same exercise with legs and feet by pushing the rubber ball down to the floor with his heels.