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What does it mean when you dream about numbness?

Being unable to relate to feelings in the physical body while dreaming may indicate that the dreamer has been in a state of REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, in which the body is temporarily unable to move. Alternatively, this experience may indicate that the incident being dreamed about was too emotionally numbing for the dreamer to feel.

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References in classic literature ?
The sense of the nearness of the end broke down the numbness which held him.
Numbness and lassitude crept upon her, and she was beginning to hope that she was only dreaming it all when he roused her by saying,
We are angered even by the full acceptance of our humiliating confessions--how much more by hearing in hard distinct syllables from the lips of a near observer, those confused murmurs which we try to call morbid, and strive against as if they were the oncoming of numbness! And this cruel outward accuser was there in the shape of a wife--nay, of a young bride, who, instead of observing his abundant pen-scratches and amplitude of paper with the uncritical awe of an elegant-minded canary-bird, seemed to present herself as a spy watching everything with a malign power of inference.
It was agreeable to come to himself again after several days of numbness and torpor.
Unknown and dreadful things go on in your legs, strange prickings and tinglings and dartings up and down, a sudden terrifying numbness, when you think they must have dropped off but are afraid to look, then renewed and fiercer prickings, shootings, and burnings.
All that night Saxon lay, unsleeping, without taking off her clothes, and when she arose in the morning and washed her face and dressed her hair she was aware of a strange numbness, of a feeling of constriction about her head as if it were bound by a heavy band of iron.
All this is visible to you by the light of an oil lamp hanging from the ceiling, and by that of an excellent fire, near which I sit in my cloak and bonnet; my muff and umbrella lie on the table, and I am warming away the numbness and chill contracted by sixteen hours' exposure to the rawness of an October day: I left Lowton at four o'clock a.m., and the Millcote town clock is now just striking eight.
You've got lower back pain going down through your buttocks and numbness, tingling and weakness in your leg and foot.
LAHORE -- Former premier Nawaz Sharif has unidentified symptoms of pain in his both arms, particularly at night, and numbness of toes, as per a special medical board which examined the incarcerated leader at Kot Lakhpat prison.
Common symptoms include burning pain, numbness and tingling, particularly in the thumb and the fingers that receive sensory information from the median nerve.
The ( Mayo Clinic defines thoracic outlet syndrome as "a group of disorders that occur when blood vessels or nerves in the space between your collarbone and your first rib (thoracic outlet) are compressed." The symptoms are shoulder and neck pain, as well as finger numbness.
A Wayne County Circuit Court jury awarded $250,000 to a dental patient who sustained permanent numbness in half of her mouth after a numbing treatment went wrong.