Facebook Pixel

How can I improve my circulation?

By Blogger July 30, 2014 - 6:26pm
Rate This

I think I have bad circulation. From time to time, one of my arms gets numb. I sometimes sleep with my arms above my head and they also will go numb sometimes in the middle of the night. I am afraid that I have bad circulation. How can I help this? Is there a way to improve my circulation?

Add a Comment1 Comments


Hello Hayden Kennedy!

Thank you for sharing your question with the EmpowHER community! 

I am sorry to hear that you are experiencing numbness in the night! It must be keeping you up when all you really want to do is sleep! 

Most likely you are experiencing numbness in the arms because not enough blood is reaching the extremities. Some of the reasons women have poor circulation is due to personal choices such as drinking alcohol in excess, smoking or consuming too much caffeine. 

More serious explanations can be from heart disease, Raynaud's disease, blood clots or diabetes. I certainly don't mean to alarm you, I'm sure it is from something as simple as drinking too much caffeine!

Exercise, lifestyle changes and an improved diet are great ways to increase the flow of blood to your outer extremities. Performing some simple range of motion exercises will increase circulation. Also wearing loose fitting clothes will help. Try massaging your arms before bed.

If these tips don't help, you can talk with your doctor about the condition and she what he or she can suggest. A blood test can check your cholesterol levels and a CT scan can check the condition of your blood vessels. High cholesterol levels, obesity and high blood pressure can be risks for getting arm artery disease.

Hayden Kennedy, I am sure that tweaking your caffeine intake and performing a few exercises and massaging your arms before bed will bring you some relief.

Give these tips a try and let me know if it helps!



July 31, 2014 - 11:59am
Enter the characters shown in the image.
By submitting this form, you agree to EmpowHER's terms of service and privacy policy
Add a Comment

All user-generated information on this site is the opinion of its author only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for any medical conditions. Members and guests are responsible for their own posts and the potential consequences of those posts detailed in our Terms of Service.

Blood Conditions

Get Email Updates

Health Newsletter

Receive the latest and greatest in women's health and wellness from EmpowHER - for free!