I am trying to find the cause of elevated blood pressure that wakes me up in the middle of the night which then causes palpitations, or vice versa. Upon going to bed my bp is in the normal range most of the time. However, a few times a month I get awakened to readings of 160-170 over about 100, with pulse of 105-110. This is driving me crazy. What can be the cause? I am trying to find a correlation between anxiety and these higher numbers on occasion, but would really like to be able to think it's not a heart related problem. For if it were heart related, wouldn't it come during the day too, rather than only during the night when I'm at rest? Worried!
If this is a panic reaction, why does it show up only during the night when I don't feel stressed? Last nite it happened again with extremely high blood pressure but the racing heart wasn't as bad. I took 2 mg xanax and quieted down a bit, but I was almost ready to wake my husband to go to the ER. Thank goodness the reading went down a bit. I am thinking this can't be heart related because there are no symptoms indicating heart, but I've read with women, heart problems present themselves differently. of course seeing a cardiologist is the way to go, and I know it sounds ridiculous, but I'm terrified.
If this is a panic reaction, why does it show up only during the night when I don't feel stressed?
Stress is just one of many different things that can cause high blood pressure and heart rhythm problems. The medical world, when it doesn't have an answer, always, ALWAYS diagnoses stress as the cause. It's an easy but usually improper diagnosis that does not help the patient.
You are wondering why you are suffering from symptoms mostly at night. One explanation could be your circadian rhythm, which causes your hormonal system to pump extra or increased hormones into your system, at night, like Melatonin.
The increased hormonal activity, at night, combined with probable reactions to dyes, chemicals or allergens, within your bedding, can result in higher blood pressure and increased heart rhythm problems.