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By Damilola Faustino

If you’ve ever wondered why your hands are shaking during a terrifying job interview, first date, or other extremely inopportune time, you are not alone. The interesting thing is that your hands actually shake way more than you might realize. If you are one of those your hands are always shaking, here are some reasons why:

You are sleep-deprived

Sleep deprivation can heighten your body’s usual tremour. This is what is often call an enhanced physiologic tremor, which is when your body’s normal inconspicuous quivering becomes more noticeable for some reason. When you think about it, it makes total sense that sleep deprivation might result in an obvious tremor.

Too much caffeine and nicotine

Just like excessive fatigue, having too much caffeine can enhance a normal physiologic tremor. Nicotine can do the same thing. This comes down to their nature as stimulants. Since factors like your heartbeat can cause an enhanced physiologic tremor, overdoing it on stimulants that affect those processes might make your tremor more noticeable.

You take a medication that makes your hands shake

There are actually a lot of medications that can cause drug-induced handshaking, which explains that these tremors typically happen when you move or try to hold your hands, arms, or head in a specific position.

Anxiety

If you’ve ever delivered a presentation and noticed your notes trembling like a leaf in your hands, this one won’t surprise you. Anxiety can enhance normal physiologic tremors. In addition to controlling your body’s involuntary processes, your autonomic nervous system also affects your flight or fight response, which can get activated in response to nerves.

Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson’s disease is what often comes to mind when thinking of tremors. In reality, though, it’s a very rare cause of shaky hands for young people. Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that impacts movement. It happens when nerve cells in your brain degenerate or die. So, if handshaking happens often, you should see a doctor.

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