Most usually the limb "going to sleep" is the result of localized
ischemic compression of a nerve. Effectively it is a very minor, and
easily recoverable, form of nerve damage.

Thomas M. Greiner, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Anatomy
Dept. of Health Professions
University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

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Subject: [BIOMCH-L] What causes a leg to go to sleep after prolonged

Dear colleagues,

What causes a leg to "go to sleep" after prolonged sitting?
Is the cause vascular, muscular or nervous?

Is it dangerous or just a nuisance?


David McFarlane
Ergonomist, WorkCover Authority
New South Wales, Australia

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