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Hands and arms falling asleep when lying down

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I have been experiencing my hands and arms falling asleep whenever I lie down.  It has been progressing from occassionally to everytime.  In the past it would wake me from sleep, and now it occurs within 5 mins of lying down.  My BP bilateral when this is happening is 108/55 with good peripheral pulses and cap refill.  

Could someone please explain the physiology of why this happens upon assuming a supine position, and provide a differential diagnosis.  Thank you,

K.
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