Dead arms and pins and needles make sleep uncomfortable... should I be worried?

I find that when I sleep I put one arm under my pillow to prop up my head to make me more comfortable.

Over the last year I find that when I do this my arm goes dead and I get pins and needles.

I discussed this with my GP who said I had nothing to worry about and it was normal.

But it is not normal for me and this is something I have done every night until recently

Should I be worried about this?

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hi i had the same problem i was advised by my doc it could be my pillow either it is too high or too low it helped me to reduce my pillow at night


I've had this for few years now - numbness and pins and needles in hands through the night. Doctor says is from my neck and need to change my pillow but one time when I was on a steroid course the numbness went away until I stopped taking it, so that doesn't sound like neck related to me. I'm seeing a neurologist in a few months but I'm pretty certain he'll say the same as your doctor, nothing to worry about, despite the fact that it is worrying me. I think it is lupus related and it is a symptom that can't always be controlled by the medication we take, so we end up putting up with it.


I had exactly the same thing in both arms and hands which went on for months causing sleepless nights and not pleasant. For my whole life I have only slept on one pillow, so decided to use two and it was like magic, instant cure.

Must be a neck problem with me, so perhaps you could try a variety of neck sleeping positions. Some people have great success using those memory foam pillows for neck problems but I found them far too hot and gave mine away, but maybe worth a try.


I have a memory foam pillow, my husband can't stand it he says its really uncomfortable.

I only use this pillow and wake up in the morning it's all crushed up, it has been moulded into shape.

Not had a night since waking trying to make my pillows comfortable.


When I had my heart attack a couple of I was told by the cardio rehab nurse these symptoms are indicative of high cholesterol. May be you need to get your cholesterol checked.


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