How to Stop Pins and Needles in Your Hands and Arms

If you want to know how to stop pins and needles in your hands and arms, I have a trick for you! This easy solution will get rid of tingling immediately. Read on to learn how.

how to stop pins and needles in your hands and arms

Normally, I sleep like a rock. I don’t have breathing issues or leg cramps, and my kids sleep through the night. However, when I do wake myself up, it’s because my hand(s) have fallen asleep and now I have to figure out how to stop pins and needles.

What Are Pins and Needles?

Pins and needles are what many people call the intense tingling that spreads like wildfire from your fingertips up to a mystery point on your arm. It is caused by the reduced circulation from having your limb elevated higher than your heart.

At some point in the night, your body flings one arm—sometimes both—above your head. Anyone who has ever raised his or her hand for a long time in class knows that if your hand is above your head for a long time, it will start to fall asleep.

Even if you are laying flat on your back, the same thing will happen. Plus, if you have managed to get yourself into this position while sleeping, your tingling hand or arm will start to wake you up with pain.

How I Discovered This Quick Cure

Last night, I was sleeping nicely but got to the point where my body wanted to roll over. This is no big deal normally, but I was pinned down!

My upper body would not move! My lower body twisted and pried, but to no avail.

I was stuck.

My arms were above my head and both had fallen asleep.

Now, anyone who has had this happen knows what a predicament this truly is. You must decide Am I going to move my arms and face the wrath that follows? 

On the one hand, you’re uncomfortable enough that you decided to change positions. However, on the other hand, if you move your arms, you will certainly have to face pins and needles.

In the middle of the night, it’s hard to decide which is the best decision.

But, I have great news. You don’t have to worry about pins and needles anymore because I found a way to stop them before they begin!

While I was pregnant with my second child, I really loved to sleep with my arms above my head. I dealt with pins and needles several times a week. One night, I discovered this simple trick.

How to Stop Pins and Needles in Your Hands and Arms

You are asleep and so are your arms.

  1. Fling your arms by your sides if both arms are asleep. If only one arm is asleep, you can use your good hand to move it. But, if that’s not really do-able for you, flinging it is fine.
  2. how to stop pins and needles in your hands and armsTake your hands and make a triangle. Connect your pointer fingers and thumbs.
  3. Lift your hips so that you can place your triangle right under your sacrum (tailbone).
  4. Lower your hips so that you are sitting on your hands.
  5. While you’re here, make sure that your shoulders are relaxed away from your ears and that you don’t feel any stress on your bent elbows.
  6. Just hold here until you can feel that the feeling has been restored to your hand(s). It doesn’t take long.
  7. Remove your hands and move into your desired position.

Give It a Try

I know, this advice is tricky because it’s hard to remember something you read during the day when you’re asleep in the middle of the night. But, read over the instructions and think about what you will do when your hands and arms fall asleep next time. Hopefully, this trick will work as well for you as it has for me and my friends.

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What do you think? Did it work? Let us know in the comments below.

About Sarah Stockett

Hi, I'm Sarah! I'm a certified Pilates and yoga instructor with a passion for pain relief. I believe you can use simple exercises to relieve your aches + pains. AND, I believe I can teach you how.


  1. Kim Andersons on July 15, 2017 at 6:20 am

    Thanks for this info Sarah, I have been experiencing this and will give it a try, probably tonight 🙂 and will let you know how it goes.

    • Sarah Stockett on July 15, 2017 at 12:53 pm

      Absolutely! So far, it’s worked 100% of the time for me. Let me know how it goes for you!