You can instantly wake up any body part that falls asleep by shaking your head back and forth. I bet you didn’t know that, did ya? Picture this shall we, you’re at the newest, practically 3 hour long blockbuster movie and as you sit quietly at the theater enjoying your popcorn you begin to notice that your foot feels as if it’s being stabbed by hundreds of pins and needles, or at the end of a very long work day as you answer emails and you tiredly tilt your head resting it on your hand until it feels completely numb even after you try to move it.
This isn’t a random occurrence that a body part falls asleep but instead it’s actually very popular and has happened to everyone at one point or another. Paresthesia, unlike common misconception, the numb feeling isn’t as much poor circulation as many of us have believed all these years but rather the nerves in your body causing various parts to “fall asleep”.
This very common yet abnormal sensation you may be experiencing is an irritation or even compression of nerves leaving you with that truly terrible and uncomfortable situation. Whether an injury, medical condition, illness or simply a pinched nerve, some may experience the sensation for a few moments while others may unfortunately have to experience it long lasting but even frequently for them. Regardless of how often or where you get it, it’s quite frustrating to deal with to say the least.
Those experiencing paresthesia find themselves experiencing…
- Burning feeling
- Pins and needles
- Simply just a ‘falling asleep’ feeling
Conditions such as diabetes and other illnesses that alter your nerve function, conditions that affect the nervous system including multiple sclerosis or even stroke may cause a person to experience paresthesia more frequently. Many find that due to pinching or the tension and traction on a nerve will cause parts of the body to feel ‘dead’.
Want to know what to do the next time when the numbness takes over? The best thing you can do is shake your head! Your brain has the ability to locate which part of your body is fast asleep and by shaking your head you’re actually able to wake your body back up. This is a hack you definitely don’t wanna forget!