How to stop hurting myself in my sleep?

Post date: 2022-06-30 02:41:02
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While I'm asleep, I seem to be doing things with my hands that cause me pain when I'm awake. Balling my hands into fists, grabbing things (like pillows), sleeping on my hands. I wake up with my hands stiff and sore. This is starting to cause pain during my waking life. How to stop doing these things?

I started to notice maybe a year ago that my hands would be stiff and sore when I woke up. This got gradually worse, to where sometimes grabbing certain kinds of large doorknobs would hurt. Now I'm feeling pain in my hands during the day (like when I'm typing). Since I'm in my 40s and have spent the last 20+ years working with computers, it's possible I have some sort of carpal tunnel and this is just exacerbating it.

Things I think I'm doing in my sleep :
* Balling my hands into fists
* Grabbing pillows
* Grabbing my leg
* Sleeping on my hands (sleeping on my side, with my hands between my legs (but not near my crotch or anything like that))

I'm not sure why I'm doing these things in my sleep, or why or when it started. It might be due to anxiety, but I've always had anxiety so I don't know if it's related.

How can I stop doing these things in my sleep? My hands hurt!

(and yes, I have an appointment coming up with a physiatrist to look into the possibility carpal tunnel / RSI)
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