Racing heart

By mrsdiwi Latest Activity September 24, 2009 at 10:33 pm Views 2,037 Replies 5

mrsdiwi

I have not been diagnosed with a sleep disorder YET, but I think I will be. When I begin to fall asleep, I can feel my heart racing and myself tightening up - a generalized feeling of anxiety, but this only happens when I fall asleep for a "nap". When I go to bed at night I don't notice this unless sometimes it may happen when I wake up to go to the bathroom and then come back to bed. Has anyone else had this happen?

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  • Tracy
    Tracy September 26, 2009 at 10:20 am   

    Hi there - great questions!

    There is a long laundry list but some of the symptoms of obstructive apnea are: snoring, observed cessation of breathing, choking during sleep, excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS), not feeling refreshed when you awaken, morning headaches, memory loss, inability to concentrate, depression, moodiness with others, irritability, and fatigue.

    Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, but most everyone who has sleep apnea snores! When an "apnea" occurs, the bed-partner may notice the silence, then the snore, snort or gasp for breath while the chest heaves as the person with apnea struggles to breathe.

    I had every single one of those symptoms at diagnosis. The funny thing was, I had no clue that I snored, choked or gasped in my sleep. I was aware that I made snoring like noises during the day - but did not know I was in stage one sleep when I made them!

    When one stops breathing with an apnea event, our oxygen levels drop - it deprives the body of oxygen and the brain, in a panic finally yells 'WAKE UP AND BREATHE, I NEED OXYGEN" our heart races - mine used to feel like it would leap out of my chest.

    mrsdiwi, please do seek an evaluation from a sleep doctor!

    Do you have other apnea symptoms?

    tracy

  • mrsdiwi
    mrsdiwi September 30, 2009 at 11:42 am   

    I have not noticed any other symptoms, except for the heart racing. And it is when I begin to fall asleep, but still in a state where I can be awakened very easily (commercial coming on TV). It doesn't happen when I lie down to sleep at night, just if I am dozing off or something during the day. I've wondered if a sleep study would show this because it's not during my normal nightly sleep.

  • mrsdiwi
    mrsdiwi September 30, 2009 at 11:42 am   

    I have not noticed any other symptoms, except for the heart racing. And it is when I begin to fall asleep, but still in a state where I can be awakened very easily (commercial coming on TV). It doesn't happen when I lie down to sleep at night, just if I am dozing off or something during the day. I've wondered if a sleep study would show this because it's not during my normal nightly sleep.

  • Tracy
    Tracy September 30, 2009 at 2:55 pm   

    There are 5 sleep stages…Stage one sleep occurs when we are just drifting off to sleep and can be easily aroused in to wakefulness. Most people with sleep apnea have their first apnea episodes in this sleep stage and then wake up to breathe then drift off to sleep again. This cycle repeats itself off and on all night long. We are less aware during night time sleep - but apneas can occur any time we doze off or sleep. It does not matter whether its in bed or sitting in the living room watching tv.

    A racing heart is something to discuss with your doctor, but it is a very common symptom of untreated sleep apnea!

    Are you getting closer to making an appointment with a sleep doctor for evaluation?

    Take care…
    tracy

  • Tracy
    Tracy November 19, 2009 at 11:49 am   

    mrsdiwi;
    The overnight sleep study does collect a lot of date INCLUDING a full night EKG. It's amazing to see the results of these studies. Afterall, we have no conscious clue what we do when we are sleeping. I always find my sleep summary results quite interesting.
    So, yes, a sleep study would track and show your heart rate and activity all night long, a valuable diagnostic tool for your doctor!

    Hope this finds you well!
    Tracy

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