Exercises for Numbness in Fingers at Night

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If you get numbness in your fingers at night, a few important exercises are going to help correct your problem. Learn about exercises for numbness in the fingers at night with help from a certified yoga teacher and healer in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Lola from Yoga Lola Studios, and I'm here today to talk a little bit about exercises that you can do to help you prevent tingling and numbness in the fingers when you sleep at night. There can be a lot of reasons why that happens. Sometimes maybe you have a little bit of tendonitis or carpal tunnel because you work at a computer all day long. Or maybe your sleeping in the wrong position and you began to pinch a nerve in your back. So there a couple of things that you can try. One of them is taking breaks during the day making sure that you are out getting some exercise. Walking releasing the stress in the hands. And also observing your posture. Believe it or not poor posture is often a reason for the tingling and the numbness in the fingers. So watch your posture. And if you wake up in the middle of the night and you are finding that your hands are tingling and that they're numb, then try shifting your sleeping position to see if that helps. I'd like to show you three different exercises right now that are wonderful to do before you go to bed at night. Because they really help you prevent the tingling and the numbness if it's from just overuse or from repetitive use of the hands like say you work at a keyboard all day long. So the first thing I want to do, I call this one wide fingers. And you can do this laying down. So if you wake up and the fingers are tingling in the middle of the night you can actually do this resting on your back. So I start with the hand closed. And then I open the hand and I just stretch the fingers out. I call it making the fingers like steel. Stretching them out. Inhaling, exhaling. Bringing them down. And you'll notice that in this exercise I'm bringing the thumb right underneath the mound on the pinky and closing down. And then I press through my fingers onto the thumb. So inhaling, opening making the fingers like steel. Exhaling, pressing down on that thumb. I'm going to do it one more time. Inhaling deep, stretching them out making them like steel. Exhaling stretching down. And then just releasing. The second exercise will, I call it loose wrists shaking. So an again this can be done when you are lying down in bed. I just bring my hands up and I allow the wrist to just relax. And then I begin to shake gentle. This is not real, real vigorous. Like I'm trying to shake water off of the ends of my fingertips. And so I just allow them to shake doing slow deep breathing. Because remember you want to do this before you go to bed. And then when I'm done I just slow it down. Inhale, exhale. And just release the hands down to either your knees or to your sides if you are in bed. So the last exercise I'm sure a lot of you have seen this one. They're called wrist rotations. So again I'm going to fold my thumb in. I'm going to bring it right under the mound on the pinky. And then I'm going to just start slowly rotating my wrists in big circles. Just slow and easy, I'm in no hurry with this one. Inhaling and exhaling. Inhaling, exhaling. And so I'll do it 11 times in one direction and then I'll begin to rotate it in the other direction. Again inhaling, exhaling. Inhaling, exhaling. Inhaling, exhaling. And then once you've done it 11 times you can just rest your hands on your knees. Now you can do all three of these in sequence before you go to bed. You can do them any time of day. You can do hem when you wake up at night. So they will really begin to loosen a lot of the stress that you carry in your wrist and you don't need any kind of special equipment or anything else to do it. I'd like to say thank you for joining us here today. I'm Lola from Lola Yoga Studios. I look forward to seeing you the next time.


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