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Old 04-09-2008, 03:15 AM   #16
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Re: Heart racing in the middle of night when sleeping

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I have NEVER had sleep problems...
Hi,

Same here.

Since I last posted, I have changed medication and this has help me greatly. I am convinced the old medication was at exacerbating the anxiety for me. I would wager anxiety plays a major part with the heart racing as well. I'm under a bit of stress presently, and boy do I feel it.

It's great your doctor is trying to find the 'root' cause, I wish my GP was as good.

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Old 04-11-2008, 07:13 AM   #17
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HI to all that are here. I want to say the same thing about the sleep problems we all have. I myself have a few things to share with you that I found to be alittle help. First is sleep Apnea, which has a few symptoms these including heavy problem snoring, coughing and gaspping for air which are the most common, then are the after affects ,those being fatigue, headaches,fuzzy mind blog ,all do to lack of sleep.Now I'm not sure that sleep apnea can happen 5 to 10 mins upon falling asleep. I know that if it happens a few times during the later part of the night when your sleep is at its most prominate, then sleep apnea is most likely the culprit. But my experience has been that right before I lay down and start to relax in bed I almost can tell that it will be one of those nights were I can feel my eyes closing and by that happening it triggers my strange feeling of tread. I can't understand how this 2mins of my eyes slowly closing can cause this to happen. That to me is not sleep apnea, because ther is no actual sleep going on. I think that maybe it has to do more with brain chemistry, blood surgar and dehydration. My mouth is very dry during these episodes. I only have 1 or 2 of them every 1 to 2 months. I will come back and see if any have more info.

 
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Old 04-11-2008, 05:50 PM   #18
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Re: Heart racing in the middle of night when sleeping

Hi! To all of you that have had a jolting effect while falling asleep and a fast heart rate, please have your thyroid checked, it can be a symptom of hyperthyroid, check the symptoms of this and Graves disease and see if any symptoms fit, just a suggestion.I had this 2 years ago along with weight loss,anxiety,mood swings,hand tremors and a bounding pulse just walking across a room. I had all the heart tests and wore a monitor, it just showed tachycardia on and off which is just a fast heart rate. It was very scary and when laying down to rest or sleep it was worse. Have your doc run a tsh and free t-4 and free t-3 test if symptoms like this persist. It affects females mostly from ages 35-55, although some are quite young when first diagnosed. Hope you are all well soon!

 
Old 04-12-2008, 04:14 PM   #19
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between the ages of 52 and 54 I experienced that feeling along with a pain in my left arm. Had no insurance just figured that's it I'm outta here, A fellow vet told me because of the Purple Heart award I was eligible for VA health care. It took 16 months b4 they figured out I had a left main blockage. A triple by pass later. no more pain I feel stronger but if I over eat b4 bed I still wake up with the racing heart. So what I'm saying is watch what you consume b4 bed

 
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...A triple by pass later. no more pain I feel stronger but if I over eat b4 bed I still wake up with the racing heart. So what I'm saying is watch what you consume b4 bed
Waking to a racing heart is sometimes a symptom of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can contribute to heart disease and many have gone into cardiac arrest at night due to this condtion. You might want to be screened for apnea to prevent this from happening to you.

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Old 06-16-2008, 07:06 PM   #21
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Re: Heart racing in the middle of night when sleeping

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Hi! To all of you that have had a jolting effect while falling asleep and a fast heart rate, please have your thyroid checked, it can be a symptom of hyperthyroid, check the symptoms of this and Graves disease and see if any symptoms fit, just a suggestion.I had this 2 years ago along with weight loss,anxiety,mood swings,hand tremors and a bounding pulse just walking across a room. I had all the heart tests and wore a monitor, it just showed tachycardia on and off which is just a fast heart rate. It was very scary and when laying down to rest or sleep it was worse. Have your doc run a tsh and free t-4 and free t-3 test if symptoms like this persist. It affects females mostly from ages 35-55, although some are quite young when first diagnosed. Hope you are all well soon!
I was diagnosed with Hyperthyrodism as well. What I did that helped (at least for me anyways) where the following:

- don't drink too much before you go to sleep, at least 2 hours
- I take 1000 mgs of Magnisum, 400 mgs of Potassium (helps the heart and thyroid storms)
- I usually walk for about 20-30 minutes a couple of hours before bed
- Throughout the day, I drink about 2 - 2.5 liters of water a day
- Don't have any caffine or surgar 5 hours before bed (bananas are good)
- Don't eat too much before bed.

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Old 06-17-2008, 08:57 AM   #22
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I don't know about the hypothyroidism, but I can assure you, waking up with your heart racing is a classic symptom of sleep apnea. Like Bethsheba says, you don't have to be overweight, or even a snorer to have sleep apnea. I did not know I had it, but was tired during the day. Once I had a sleep study done, it showed that my apnea was severe, even though I was not aware of it. Most of the time, it did not wake me to the fullest level of awaken-ness, but sometimes I would (and still do without my CPAP) be jolted awake, heart racing, sometimes gasping for air but not always. I thought I was just having bad dreams or something. It was the apnea, and with the CPAP machine, it does not happen at all.

As Bethsheba has said, don't take apnea lightly. It can kill you (Reggie White of the Green Bay Packers died from it), so get yourself checked if you can.

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Old 06-17-2008, 07:14 PM   #23
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Re: Heart racing in the middle of night when sleeping

Star,

I have no experience with thyroid conditions, but the things that helped you are the very things that help someone with periodic limb movements/restless leg. Have you been evaluated for a sleep disorders?

Although what you've done may have helped ease the symptoms you've described, it's possible that another sleep disorder is causing your problems.

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Old 06-17-2008, 07:21 PM   #24
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... I did not know I had it, but was tired during the day. Once I had a sleep study done, it showed that my apnea was severe, even though I was not aware of it. ...Tex
Texmom,

I didn't know I had it either but looking back to my childhood there were signs...yawned constantly even though I wasn't bored...and I would get real sleepy when riding in the car.

How about you? Looking back, were there any signs? How long do you think you've had apena?

Just curious...and perhaps it will help others.

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Old 06-18-2008, 12:51 PM   #25
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Re: Heart racing in the middle of night when sleeping

Bethsheba,

I've had health issues, which all originated with sleep problems, since about 1991, when I was in my mid-30's. Everything just started to snowball with the prolonged spells of insomnia and I've never been the same. Before that, I never noticed being particularly sleepy.

I don't think I had apnea before this period. I believe it started after I gained a bunch of weight due to the meds and health issues. Since I haven't slept in the same room with my husband for a number of years now, I don't know how badly I snore, but I do know that if I try to sleep in my recliner, I typically wake myself up, gasping. I never used to snore before I got sick, but of course, that is not a true indicator of apnea. I just noticed that no matter how much I slept, I was always tired. The sleep study was a stunning eye-opener (no pun intended) to just how bad a shape I was in. I had gone on a fun trip with my childhood girlfriend and while sharing a hotel room, she said I thrashed and gasped all night. That was just prior to the study.

I know I had RLS since I was a kid, but don't know if there are any relationships between all of the sleep disorders. I've never been narcoleptic, but other than that, I think I'm a poster child for sleep problems!

Like Blue said, I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy....

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Old 06-20-2008, 05:06 PM   #26
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Re: Heart racing in the middle of night when sleeping

Hello Tex,

My apologies for a delayed response.

I need some clarification...when you have insomnia, do you get sleepy? Again, it's just curiosity...although I had/have sleep apnea, I can't say I was sleepy, (at least as an adult)...just tired like you described being with your apnea. I wonder why the difference....what exactly is "sleepiness"? I'm not asking for an answer...just wondering how it ties into all of this other stuff.

Yes, I would think the weight gain probably "caused" your apnea...it's not uncommon. But I do get angry when ignorant people assume it is the only cause of apnea...ties into that overweight discrimination attitude, I guess. Well, I suppose the positive is that when you lose the weight, you'll lose the apnea, !

It must have been frightening and yet at the same time a relief to get info from your sleep study...at least you have a better idea of what your demons are, and what you can do about them. One frustration I have is that I had the study done when I was still taking blood pressure medication, and I don't know how much was bp med side effect and how much was my "normal" state. I suspect that may be the case with you, too, given the meds that you're currently taking.

From what I understand several sleep disorders may be related (at least obstructive sleep apnea and periodic limb movements/rls). I wouldn't be surprised, though, if they were all related with one problem causing another. Guess we're just going to have to keep up with the literature and compare notes to find out.

Take care, Tex, and may you have pleasant dreams!

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Old 06-20-2008, 08:46 PM   #27
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Bethsheba,

My insomnia is a strange phenomenon. Some nights, I can just tell, it's going to be a rough time falling asleep. Other nights, I may feel more confident, but then end up spending hours and hours before finally falling asleep. I have no idea why it differs and what the magic formula is on the nights that I do fall asleep quickly. Some nights, I have anxiety attacks when I go to bed, and of course, there's no way I'm going to fall asleep while in the midst of one of those. It's that old heart-racing like the OP asked about, except I haven't fallen asleep yet.

Most of the time when I go to bed, I am physically tired. But I do not always feel sleepy. But, sometimes, even when I'm sleepy, this strange thing happens. I am comfortable, relaxed, not worried about anything, and sense that I am about to drift off....then something (I'm not sure what) jolts me awake. Then the heart racing. It's almost as if I've heard a loud sound, or someone has touched me, but neither thing has happened. Other nights, I just feel plain wired, no matter how exhausted I am and I have to go into my husband's room for a back rub to get me a bit more calm before I attempt sleep again. (Just a back rub, nothing else!)

Usually, after a rough night, I am a total zombie the next day. I can't do much of anything at all and am not motivated to do so. When the number of these type of nights start to accumulate consecutively, you can imagine how useless I am. I wouldn't dream of driving, and I start to get pretty desperate to sleep, almost depressed. After several nights, it is tempting to just load up on the meds to induce sleep, but I resist the urge because I don't want to OD. I just have too much living to do, because it takes me twice as long to get things done because I'm so tired!

Lately, I've been going through a change in medications for nerve pain, and I suspect that my severe insomnia flare-up has been due to the abrupt stoppage of one med and the start of another, along with trying some NSAIDs that apparently aggravated my sleep.

I still experience the heart racing/jolted awake thing in the middle of the night if I've fallen asleep without my mask or if it's slipped off (rare). But it races when I've had those spells of being close to sleep and being jolted awake.

I remember when my apnea was diagnosed, I was so afraid I was going to die in my sleep before I got my CPAP machine. But a good friend of mine, who had also been diagnosed and treated for apnea, told me that God didn't lead me that far just to take me. I took great comfort in that.

I wish the weight gain thing was simple....most of the meds I've taken over the years (and continue to take) have contributed greatly to the weight problem. If I take something too stimulating (to help boost metabolism), sleep suffers. To help sleep, the metabolism suffers. Just can't win.

To all of you who are suffering these kinds of episodes, I feel for you. I also urge you, if you haven't already, get yourself to a sleep specialist or pulmonary specialist to get checked. Even if you don't have apnea, you might have some other problem that could be serious enough to require treatment. And you might feel more rested as a result!

Blessings to all,
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Old 03-24-2009, 06:41 PM   #28
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I have the exact same problem. It started around 1998. I noticed when I went to bed on a full stomach, I woke up a few hours later with my heart racing, hot, sweating, and completely wide awake. I stopped eating before bedtime, and it decreased, but still happens. The highest I have recorded my hr is 180 during these. I stopped because it feels faster recently and I don't want to panic myself. I will have strange dreams before I wake up, usually nightmares, and in them I am straining, like trying to get away from someone, running, or like last night, I dreamed I was trying to kill a zombie, and holding my breath as I swung something. I wonder now if this is related to sleep apnea. I do NOT believe they are nighttime panic attacks. I have loosely been diagnosed with Supentricular Tachycardia. I say loosely because the cardiologist simply did an EKG and based it on my description of symptoms and what the paramedic recorded on the heart monitor when I had to go to the hospital last December. He said that if it's sinus tach that it won't go up to 180, that originates in a different chamber of the heart. I used to get really upset when I woke up like this, I would slap my husband in the head, terrified I was dying (EVERY SINGLE TIME!!!!) and scream HELP ME!!!! And, BTW, feel so silly afterward. I started noticing if I burped after about 5 minutes it would magically go down (immediately). I attributed it to gas on my stomach. But I found that can trigger the tachycardia, not cause it. Ice water in the face didn't help, straining didn't help. Burping stimulated the vagus nerve and helped. I finally figured out I needed to massage the vagus nerve in my neck, and now when I wake up like this, it takes maybe 30 seconds, massaging deep within my neck, and it stops suddenly. I am not a doctor and can't give advice. I am simply telling you what I do to stop this.
There are plenty of sites that tell you how to do this safely. NEVER massage both sides and don't do this for too long! It can make your heart rate go TOO low.

Since this has been happening for so long, I realized I am not going to die from this and YOU won't either. Hope this helps!!!!

 
Old 07-07-2009, 05:46 AM   #29
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Wow!! I was begining to think I was all alone in the world! I just joined this forum and posted my problem of sleep nausia...reading your description of being jolted awake like someone touched you, really resonated with me! I never know what wakes me up, but the instant I'm awake, I'm hit with severe nausia. Sometimes it's my heart racing and sometimes both. I've never been to a sleep specialist, but I've heard of Apnea. This has been going on for a couple of years now, and sleep is practically non existant for me...there is more in my original post if you want to read it, but it's good to know someone else out there is experiencing this. Do you also get hit with nausia when jolted awake? I was thinking it had something to do with my melatonin levels being out of wack or something...can we talk??

 
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Hey there! I have learned MORE about my condition in the last few weeks.

I am not a doctor, BUT, it sounds similar to what happens with me.

I read on a website that when you have a hiatal hernia it can cause pressure related heart palpitations. I have been telling the doctors for YEARS that I feel my heart racing is related to my stomach distress and they just scoffed. Far be it for a patient to know something that they don't, right?

So your problem may or may not be night time panic attacks or distress with your stomach. I was recently diagnosed with IBS, which usually accompanies anxiety and panic, and when I started taking Paxil again, the stomach and heart episodes subsided. I think the anxiety causes the IBS and stomach problems, which cause the heart racing, which cause anxiety... and so on.
I still have stomach pain because my hernia has worsened, and it does cause reflux, just like anxiety. So, sometimes I do still have stomach pain, but not as bad.
You situation might be completely different, but if I were you I'd talk to a doctor about treating anxiety, then the stomach pain, then your heart will probably stop racing, and you might sleep through the night. Paxil has helped me and given me a better quality of life.

Hope this helps.

 
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