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waking up racing pounding heart

Posted by sleepysmurf on March 24, 2006 at 05:20:30:

This is what happens. Typically I will sleep for 2 to 4 hours then wake up with my heart beating fast in an uncomfortable way. It sometimes speeds up more after I wake up but sometimes I wake up and realize what is happening and I can relax and slow it down. Sometimes my mouth is very dry or my hands and feet are sweaty. I wake up at least once a night to urinate sometimes more. Definitely more when I am having these symptoms.

When this first started happening it would happen sometimes 5 times a night. I was getting no sleep. I was also sleeping on my back. I started sleeping on my side and stomach and my symptoms occured less. now it is about twice a week.

I had a sleep study done and they didn't find any significant apnea. I could not really sleep though that night. It was very uncomfortable. It seems I really need to be sleeping for this to happen. I also often wake up out of REM sleep. Sometimes during a dream that is exciting but not necessarily negative.

I have also been wearing a heart monitor and so far the events of rapid heart rate seem to be sinus tachycardia.

I feel very fatigued during the day and have much less exercise tolerance. I would like to have another sleep study done but I dont know if that is reasonable. well at this point my doctor is talking about perscribing medication for my heart but I am wondering if some kind of apnea is triggering these episodes. I did not have an episode the night of the study.

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