Rapid Heartrate Waking Me Up While Sleeping
Posted 15 June 2009 - 10:18 AM
Posted 15 June 2009 - 10:29 AM
I don't know if it is just POTS or not, but I get this. In fact my first symptom ever(at least severe enough that I knew something was wrong.) was I woke up at 1am with numbness down half my body, and a very heavy heartbeat. Every night I am having this recently as I have been feeling real bad. My chest also feels real heavy with this, (often accompanied by the numbness) and the heavyness usually involves the whole trunk of my body. I will be interested to see how many other people get this. It used to wake me up terrified that I was dying, but now I think I have become so used to it I just sleep through it. It takes me about 10 to 30 minutes usually for it to pass in the morning. I hope this symptom will pass for you. Take care.
Posted 15 June 2009 - 10:46 AM
Posted 15 June 2009 - 11:58 AM
I haven't been diagnosed with POTS (as of yet) but they are certain there is some form of dysautonomia going on. I will always feel slightly more comfortable reclining (at an angle), but I never feel great. A lot of why I wake up early in the morning has to do with that heart thing... by the time 5-5:30 rolls around, my heart is thudding every time a move a finger, and I've soaked the sheets with sweat so that my husband's side of the bed is soggy too, and I figure my really overly inadequate meds at least help with this a teeeeeeny bit, so I might as well get up and take them (so I can come lie down again in a half hour, but at least I can be more comfortable doing so, and hey, that's something).
So I don't know if it's just POTS, per se, but I've had every other avenue and system that could do such things poked and photographed and stuff, and they've all been in the clear. It's (without saying) probably worth mentioning to your doc (or even just calling the office and leaving a question with a nurse or nurse practitioner, if you feel they're on the ball). But definitely know what you mean... and have it happen regularly.
Posted 15 June 2009 - 12:19 PM
Last summer I had this happening all the time ... realized that in my case it was probably in part caused by hypoglycemia. My blood sugar was dropping out at 2 or 3 in the morning routinely. It took me about 6 months for dietary changes to staballize my blood sugar and I don't notice the night shakes as often any more. I will however still wake up with heart pounding after (or during) a vivid dream.
Things you may want to jot down (for your own piece of mind, or to collect to chat with your PCP about) is what time it is when it happens, how fast is it going (do you have a heart rate monitor or blood pressure cuff that simple and quick?), how long does it take before it comes back down? What you ate the night before?
Sometimes these notes help to sort out what is going on ... sometimes its just something to do while we are waiting for it to pass!
Hang in there.
Posted 15 June 2009 - 03:45 PM
I don't ever get this symptom anymore...and over time my symptoms are in general manageable and minimal, other than occasional flare ups. So, hopefully this will be your experience as well.
However, as others have noted, this COULD be caused by something else and it would be good if your dr would eliminate these other causes.
Posted 15 June 2009 - 04:31 PM
Posted 16 June 2009 - 08:26 AM
Posted 17 June 2009 - 07:17 PM
I have had 2 holter monitors that I've worn overnight in the past and both have picked up pulse rates of 150 at times while I was sleeping. I was going through a good patch when I had both monitors and these high pulse runs didn't wake me up at all. Sometimes when they do make me up at night I'm a bit afraid to take my pulse in case they're higher than this and freak me out!
As ever with potsplace, I'm glad to see that I'm not alone .
Posted 17 June 2009 - 11:16 PM
Posted 17 June 2009 - 11:21 PM