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Why is my leg asleep?

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Have you ever had an arm or leg fall asleep and then experience that poking feeling when you moved? This lesson will explore why we experience these feelings. Watch the video by SciShowKids and then complete the lesson.

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This Vox website article explains what happens when you have a leg or an arm fall asleep on you in a little more detail than the video.Sometimes, arm/leg numbness that happens a lot to one person can mean there is something else going on. Read this article to learn what other things an arm/leg "falling asleep" can be.
Now that you know why we have arms and legs falling asleep, let's not forget how to prevent it. Do not sit or lean in one position for too long. Movement is the key to keeping our arms and legs from falling asleep and from us experiencing those pins and needles.

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