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Coping with Carpal Tunnel Pain Through the Night

Ramin Ansari MD
Medically reviewed by Ramin Ansari
Ramin Ansari MD
Medically reviewed by Ramin Ansari

Carpal tunnel pain can be very bothersome, more so at night. It bothers many people worldwide, making it hard for them to sleep well and feel good. The carpal tunnel is a small space in the wrist where the median nerve travels, sending messages to the hand. When this space gets squeezed or swollen, it can cause pain in the hand and fingers.

The carpal tunnel pain can get awful during sleep for a few reasons. The wrong sleep movements or muscle relaxation can cause pain. This can lead to worsened sleep, making people feel tired, moody, and unable to function during the day.

Dealing with carpal tunnel pain at night is essential to feel better both in the short term and over time. While severe cases might need medical help, there are things you can do to feel better at night. In this guide, we will talk about different ways to deal with carpal tunnel pain relief at night. Learn why this pain happens and try different strategies to sleep better and feel less pain.

Understanding Carpal Tunnel Symptoms

Carpal tunnel pain occurs at night often. It is a problem that can make your wrist and hand hurt. It happens when a nerve in your arm gets squished as it goes through a tight space in your wrist. This can cause lots of different problems that make your daily activities harder. It can even make you feel bad.

  • One main sign of carpal tunnel pain is when some of your fingers feel tingly or numb. Sometimes, this feeling can go up your arm, and your hand might feel weak too. People with this problem often wake up at night because of these strange feelings. Especially if they had a bent wrist while sleeping.
  • Later, your wrist and hand might ache, and the pain can even go up your arm. Things like typing or holding a phone can worsen the pain because those actions often use your hand. Over time, your hand might weaken, and it could be hard to do things that need careful hand movements.

Knowing the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome is essential so you can improve your sleep at night. If you ignore the problem, it can get worse and might even give your nerve permanent damage. If you think you might have carpal tunnel symptoms, especially at night, get checked by a doctor. They do this by checking your hand and doing some tests to be sure.

How carpal tunnel syndrome gets treated depends on how bad it is. If it’s not too bad, changing how you use your hand and wrist, taking breaks, and doing easy exercises might help. Wearing a wrist splint at night can help bring relief to carpal tunnel pain. But if it’s especially bad, a doctor might suggest other things like shots or an operation.

Compress for the hand with Carpal tunnel syndrome

Reasons Why Carpal Tunnel Symptoms Are Worse at Night

If you have bad carpal tunnel pain symptoms at night, it can be confusing and make you feel bad. It brings massive discomfort to your hands and wrists, causing sleep and waking up unpleasant. This can be confusing because sleep is supposed to make us feel better. People wake up feeling tingly, numb, and uncomfortable in their hands.

We must look at how our bodies work to understand why this happens. Bodies function differently at night when we sleep. Sometimes things that we cannot control can occur because we are unconscious. Knowing how our bodies work at night will help us find practical ways to feel better. There are a few explanations for why carpal tunnel pain gets worse during the night. Some primary factors are:

Bent Wrist While Sleeping

When we sleep with our wrists bent, it can make carpal tunnel pain worse at night. It puts pressure on a nerve in our wrist called the median nerve.

Think of your wrist as a little tunnel that the nerve goes through. When the wrist is bent, the tunnel gets smaller and squeezes the nerve.

We don’t move a lot while we’re asleep. So, the pressure on the nerve stays for a long time, making the pain and discomfort even worse. That’s why sometimes we wake up feeling strange sensations like tingling or numbness.

Minimum Moves When You Are Lying Down

When you sleep at night, how you lie down can affect your wrist if you have carpal tunnel pain. If your wrist is bent or twisted while you lie down, it’s like making a move that might not feel good.

The nerve keeps feeling the pressure all the time, and that can make the pain worse. That’s why you might wake up feeling not so good. Your hand and fingers might not feel normal.

Finding the best sleeping position for carpal tunnel can help you avoid pain and discomfort at night.

Inflammatory Response

When your wrist hurts from carpal tunnel, your body’s reaction to swelling can worsen the pain during the night. Swelling is like your body’s way of saying something is not okay. Your body tries to protect itself by making the wrist bigger and more irritated.

When you’re resting, the swelling can get more potent at night. It’s like your body is trying to improve things, but sometimes it does too much. This extra swelling can press on the nerve in your wrist that’s already sensitive. That can make the pain and discomfort even stronger.

Accumulated Stress

Accumulated stress can be a symptom that makes carpal tunnel pain gets worse at night. By stress, we mean pressure that builds up over time on the sensitive nerve in your wrist.

During the day, we use our hands and wrists a lot, like typing, gripping things, or using tools. This can put stress on the nerve in the carpal tunnel. Over time, this stress can accumulate, adding up bit by bit throughout the day.

At night, when we’re not moving as much, that accumulated stress doesn’t get a chance to ease up. This can make the pain and discomfort from carpal tunnel even more intense at night.

Wrist Brace for Carpal Tunnel Pain Relief

Tips for Carpal Tunnel Pain Relief at Night

Getting rid of carpal tunnel pain at night is vital for good sleep. It also helps with feeling better when you wake up. It can also affect how you feel during the day and what you can do. The good news is that there are simple things you can do to help ease carpal tunnel pain and make your sleep better.

Making small changes to how you sleep can help by reducing the pressure on the nerve and causing the pain to fade.

Follow the following tips to manage carpal tunnel pain and improve your sleep. This can lead to feeling better overall and doing more during the day.

Use a Wrist Brace

Using a brace for your wrist can help bring relief to your carpal tunnel pain at night. A wrist brace is a unique device that you wear on your wrist while you sleep. Wearing a wrist brace at night can reduce the pressure on the nerve. It can make your hand and fingers feel better when you wake up.

Cold Compress

Using a cold compress can bring relief to carpal tunnel pain at night. A cold compress is like a chilly pack that you put on your sore wrist before bed. It helps by reducing any swelling and calming down the discomfort. When you apply a cold compress, it’s a bit like giving your wrist a refreshing break. The coldness can help decrease the inflammation around the nerve. It might make your hand and fingers feel less tingly and painful.

Hand Stretches

Stretching can be a helpful way to make your hands feel better from carpal tunnel pain at night. These easy stretches serve as friendly exercises for your hand muscles and nerves. It makes them relax and feel less uncomfortable.

Here’s how hand stretches help:

  • Relax Muscles: It can ease any tightness and reduce the nerve’s pressure.
  • Better Blood Flow: helps to reduce swelling.
  • More Flexibility: makes your hand and wrist move better and not feel so stiff.
  • Nerve Help: can stop tingling, numbness, and pain.
  • Less Stress: makes you feel calmer and less stressed. It might help you sleep better.

Conclusion

At Lonestar Neurology, we’re here to help you find relief from carpal tunnel pain at night. Our team of experts cares about your well-being and wants to improve your sleep quality.

As a unique center for brain and nerve health, we offer personalized solutions for carpal tunnel pain. Our skilled team understands what makes nighttime pain worse, and we’re ready to guide you to ways that work.

We can figure out why your wrist hurts with our advanced tests and plans. We don’t just use the usual methods – we also try new ways to help you feel better.

We can suggest changes to how you work or even special exercises. Lonestar Neurology is here to help you get a good night’s sleep without pain. We aim to give you the tools and know-how to make nights better and your whole life healthier.

Lonestar Neurology means looking forward to comfortable nights and better sleep. Contact us today to find out how our special care can prevent carpal tunnel pain and bring brighter days ahead.

FAQ

Can carpal tunnel be unbearable pain?

Carpal tunnel pain can range from mild to severe; for some people, it can become unbearable, affecting daily activities and sleep. Seeking timely medical attention and adopting appropriate management strategies can help alleviate pain and improve quality of life.

 

Does caffeine make carpal tunnel worse?

While caffeine consumption doesn’t directly cause carpal tunnel syndrome, excessive intake might increase muscle tension and exacerbate symptoms. It’s advisable to manage caffeine intake and explore other lifestyle adjustments for better symptom management.

 

What happens if you let carpal tunnel go too long?

If left untreated for too long, carpal tunnel syndrome can lead to persistent pain, numbness, weakness, and even muscle damage in the hand and fingers. Delaying treatment might result in more severe symptoms that are harder to manage, potentially affecting overall hand function.

 

How long does carpal tunnel take to heal fully?

The healing time for carpal tunnel syndrome varies based on its severity, treatment approach, and individual response. Mild cases might improve with rest and lifestyle changes in a few weeks, while more severe cases treated with therapy or surgery might take several months to recover fully. Early diagnosis and proper intervention often lead to better outcomes.

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Edward Medina
Edward Medina
15:34 30 Jun 22
Just such an amazing staff that makes you feel like part of their family. I’ve been going there for over 5 years now... and each visit I get the very best care and treatments that I have ever received in the 20+ years that I’ve been dealing with severe debilitating migraines. Since i started seeing them the number of my migraines has dropped from 15-20 a month to 2-3 every 3 month. I highly recommend them …they will change your life!read more
Daneisha Johnson
Daneisha Johnson
22:20 19 May 22
Dr. Askari was very kind and explained everything so I could understand. The other staff were nice as well. I would... have gave 5 stars but I was a little taken aback when I checked in and had to pay 600.00 upfront. I think that should have been discussed in a appointment confirmation call or email just so I could have been prepared.read more
Jean Cooper
Jean Cooper
16:54 29 Apr 22
I love the office staff they are friendly and very helpful. Dr. JODIE is very caring and understanding to your needs... and wants to help you. I will go back. would recommend Dr. Dr. Jodie to other Patients in a heart beat. The team works well together.read more
Linda M
Linda M
19:40 02 Apr 22
I was obviously stressed, needing to see a neurologist. The staff was so patient and Dr. Ansari was so kind. At one... point he told me to relax, we have time, when I was relaying my history of my condition. That helped ease my stress. I have seen 3 other neurologists and he was the only one who performed any assessment tests on my cognitive and physical skills. At one point I couldn't complete two assessments and got upset and cried. I was told, it's OK. That's why you're here. I was truly impressed, and super pleased with the whole experience!read more
Leslie Durham
Leslie Durham
15:05 01 Apr 22
I've been coming here for about 5 years. The staff are ALWAYS friendly and knowledgeable. The Doctors are the absolute... best!! Jodie Moore is always in such a great mood which is a plus when you are already stressed. Highly recommendedread more
Monica Del Bosque
Monica Del Bosque
14:13 25 Mar 22
Since my first post my thoughts have changed here. It's unfortunate. My doctor and PA were great, but the office staff... is horrible. They never call you back when they say they will, they misinform you, they cause you too much stress wondering what's going on, they don't keep you posted. They never answer the phone. At this point I've left four messages in the last week, and I have sent three messages. Twice from their portal and one direct email. No response. My appointment is on Monday morning at 8:30am, no confirmation on my insurance and what's going on. What the heck is going on, this is ridiculous!I've given up... the stress her office staff has put me through is just not worth it. You can do so much better, please clean house, either change out your office staff, or find a way for them to be more efficient please. You have to do something. This is not how you want to run your practice. It leaves a very bad impression on your business.read more
Ron Buckholz
Ron Buckholz
23:32 23 Mar 22
I was actually pleasantly surprised with this visit! It took me a long time to get the appointment scheduled because no... one answers your phones EVER! After a month, I finally got in, and your staff was warm, friendly, and I was totally impressed! I feel like you will take care of my needs!read more
Steve Nabavi
Steve Nabavi
16:28 16 Mar 22
It was a nice visit. Happy staff doing all they can do to comfort the patients in a very calming environment. You ask... me they are earned a big gold star on the fridge. My only complaint they didn't give me any cookies.read more
Katie Lewis
Katie Lewis
16:10 10 Feb 22
Had very positive appointments with Jodie and Dr. Sheth for my migraine care. Jodie was so fast with the injections and... has so much valuable info. I started to feel light headed during checkout and the staff was SO helpful—giving me a chair, water, and taking me into a private room until I felt better. Highly recommend this practice for migraine patients, they know what they’re doing!!read more
Joshua Martinez
Joshua Martinez
16:02 10 Dec 21
I was scheduled to be checked and just want to say that the staff was fantastic. They were kind and helpful. I was... asked many questions related to what was going on and not once did I feel as though I was being brushed off. The front desk staff was especially great in assisting me. I'm scheduled to go back for a mri and am glad that I'll be going there.read more
Isabel Ivy
Isabel Ivy
21:42 03 Nov 21
I had such a good experience with Lone Star Neurology, Brent my MRI Tech was so awesome and made sure I was very... comfortable during the appointment. He gave me ear plugs, a pillow, leg support and blanket, easiest MRI ever lol 🤣 My 72 hour EEG nurse Amanda was also so awesome. She made sure I was take care of over the 3 days and took her time with the electrodes to make sure it was comfortable for me! Paige was also a huge help in answering all my questions when it came to my test results, and letting me know her honest opinions about how I should go forth with my treatment.read more
Leslie Luce
Leslie Luce
17:37 20 Oct 21
The professionalism and want to help attitude of this office was present from the moment I contacted them. The follow... up and follow through as well as their willingness to find a way to schedule my dad was above and beyond. We visited two offices in the same day with the same experience. I am appreciative of this—we spend a lot of time with doctors and this was top notch start to finish.read more
robert Parker
robert Parker
16:38 16 Apr 21
I love going to this office. The staff is friendly and helpful. The doctor is great. I am getting the best... neurological tests and treatment I have ever had. The only reason I did not give them a 5 star rating is because it is impossible to reach a live person at the office to reschedule appointments. Every time I have tried to get through to the office it says all people are busy and I am sent to a voicemail. If they could get their phone answering fixed, I would give them a strong 5 stars.read more
MaryAnn Hornbaker
MaryAnn Hornbaker
00:26 25 Feb 21
Dr. Harney is an excellent Dr. I found him friendly , personable and thorough. I evidently am an unusual case. ... Therefore he spent a Hugh amount of time educating me. He even gave me literature to further explain my condition and how to follow up. This is something you rarely get from your doctors. So I am more than please with my doctor and his staff.read more
Roger Arguello
Roger Arguello
03:05 29 Jan 21
Always courteous, professional. The staff is very friendly and always work with you to find the best appointment time.... The care team has been great. Always taking the time to listen to your concerns and to find the best treatment.read more
Margaret Rowland
Margaret Rowland
01:12 27 Jan 21
I have been a patient at Lone Star Neurology for several years. Now both my adult daughters also are patients there. I... love Jodie. She is always so prompt whether it is a teleamed call are a visit in the office. She takes the time to explain everything to me and answers all my questions. I am so blessed to have Jodie as my doctor.read more
Susan Miller
Susan Miller
03:01 13 Jan 21
My husband had an accident 5 years ago and Lone Star Neurology has been such a blessing to us with my husbands care.... Jodie Moore is his provider and she is amazing! Jodie is very knowledgeable, caring, and thorough. She takes her time with you, making sure your needs are met and she is happy to answer any questions you may have. Lone Star Neurology’s patients are very lucky to have Jodie providing their care. Thank you Lone Star Neurology and especially Jodie for everything you have done for us. Jodie, you are the best!read more
Windalyn C
Windalyn C
01:32 09 Jan 21
Jodie is wonderful. She is very caring and knowledgeable. I have been to over a dozen neurologists, and none were able... to help me as much as they have here. Thanks!read more
Katie Kordel
Katie Kordel
00:40 09 Jan 21
Jodi Moore, nurse practitioner, is amazing. I have suffered from frequent, debilitating headaches for almost 20 years.... She has provided the best proactive and responsive care I have ever received. My quality of life has been greatly improved by her caring approach and tenacity in finding solutions.read more
Ellie Natsis
Ellie Natsis
15:41 07 Jan 21
I have had the best experience at this neurologist's office! For over a year I have been receiving iv treatments here... each month and my nurse, Bobbie is beyond wonderful!! She's so attentive, knowledgeable, caring, and detail oriented. She makes an otherwise uncomfortable experience much more pleasant and definitely puts me at ease! She also helps me with my insurance,ordering this specialty medication and dealing with the ordering process which is no easy feat.Needless to say, she goes above a beyond in every way and I'm so grateful to this office and to Bobbie for all they do for me!read more
Matt Morris
Matt Morris
15:39 07 Jan 21
Let me start by saying that I have been coming here for years. Due to my autoimmune disease, I am in this office... once every three weeks for multiple hours at a time. The office is very clean and the staff very friendly. My only complaint would be there communication via phone. They aren't the best at responding if you leave a voicemail and expect a call back. I understand that this is prob just due to the sheer number of alls they receive daily. What I can say I like the best about the office are the people. Bobby who handles my infusions is great. I never have any issues with her setting up my infusions. She is very quick to reply to messages sent via text and if she were to leave then my whole opinion of the office may change. I also enjoy people like Matt, Lauren, and Jodi. I appreciate all that they do for me and without this team I'm not sure I would be as happy as I am to visit the office as frequently as I have to. Please ensure that these folks are recognized as they are what makes my visit to this office so tolerable :).read more
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