My feet and legs seem to fall asleep pretty easily whenever I am sitting down. Then when I get up, it takes a few minutes to get the feeling back.
Is there a cause for this? Should I be sitting a certain way to avoid this?
asked byChristina_13 (1405)
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on June 27, 2013
at 04:29 PM
Might be nerves getting pinched, or it might be arteries. I'm a side sleeper, and I get this at night with my arms, usually the one I keep under the pillow; I just can't fall asleep lying flat on my back.
The weird thing is that that I feel numb on the outside of my arm from the pinky on down to about half way down to the elbow, and rubbing the numb area half way down my arm makes it go away almost instantly.
I just purchased a pulse oximeter, and confirmed that it's not blood supply by using it both during waking times, and right after my arm fell asleep. (These little devices use IR to measure oxygen levels in blood.) Point here is to eliminate possible sources of trouble so as to find out what the cause is.
I know the oximeter works because if I hold my breath for a minute, the reading goes down from about 97 to 94 a while later, and if I attempt to hyper ventilate it goes high again. So, in my case, it's not blood supply.
I'm not sure how you'd apply this to your leg - I suppose if you're at home, you could use the pulse oximeter on a toe after it falls asleep... I did have this type of thing when I sat on Aeron chairs - the seat is nothing but a mesh on these with a bar in the front that curves to the sides - that bar was cutting off the circulation to my thighs. Switching how I sat in those got rid of that issue, and eventually when I switched jobs, the problem went away. Try lowering or raising your chair, it might be helpful.
Dr. Kruse mentioned in a question I asked about my issue, that it's related to n3 and fluoride, so perhaps going higher fish oil might help, as well as avoiding fluoride.
It also turns out that tamarind can chelate fluoride, so I've been mixing in a teaspoon of tamarind paste, which is quite acidic, like lemon, in water, making a sort of lemonade out of it. I can't say it's gone away, but it has slightly improved.