How to Wake Your Hand Up When It Falls Asleep

After your hand has been at rest in a compressed position, it may become numb or fall asleep.

You will need

  • Pressure relief
  • Your doctor

Step 1 Wait for a minute or two Relieve the compression on your hand and wait for a minute or two. In most cases feeling will return, often with a tingling or pins-and-needles sensation.

Step 2 Shake it Shake your hand and count to five. Do this three times. It will encourage circulation and nerve decompression.

Step 3 Reach for the sky Reach your arm or arms skyward. Hold and count to five. A few repetitions should loosen pinched or compressed nerves.

Step 4 Rock your head Rock your head from side to side. A sleeping hand can be the result of the compression of a bundle of nerves in your neck. Loosening your neck muscles can relieve the pressure.

Step 5 Shrug your shoulders Raise and lower your shoulders. Hold the position for a few seconds. A couple of repetitions of this will loosen nerves in your neck.

Step 6 Avoid nerve compression Prevent your hand from falling asleep in the future by avoiding placing it in a position where the nerves become compressed.

Step 7 See your doctor if the condition persists Consult your doctor if numbness and tingling in your hand persist. You may have a more serious medical condition.