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Q: Heart Palpitations, Numbness of Mouth/Hands/Feet, Cold Extremities, Lightheaded, Chest Quaking???

-- Heart Palpitations/Faintness, Numbness of Mouth/Hands/Feet, Cold Extremities, Lightheaded, Chest Quaking. What's Wrong With Me???


This has happened to me, atleast, 3-4 times already. I try to get to sleep, everything is fine, then all of a sudden, it feels as if i can't feel my own heartbeat and like, i forget to breathe or something...Then, I'll get lightheaded. I get so scared that, i have to open my eyes and sit up...as if, if i didn't, something bad would happen.


I don't want to alarm my boyfriend, so, when he asks me what's wrong, i just tell him i can't sleep, and leave the room. After experiencing one of these episodes, i'll feel numbness/coldness in my extremities and lips. My body will begin to shake...but not from the outside...More like, one of those deep-inside-your-chest shakes you'd experience after having too much caffeine.


The whole time, i'm checking my pulse, at this point, it's still very faint...but ironically, it'll sometimes speed up.


Why does this only happen to me when i'm trying to fall asleep? I sit here writing, with tears in my eyes. I'm so scared to fall asleep and that i'll never wake up. I'm only 21 years old.


-- Natasha


P.S. I don't know if this is relevant, in helping you guys understand what's wrong with me...But, i get very shaky after consuming coffee, even if it's just half a cup. And, i'll feel very sick/nauseous after having sweets, even if it's just 1 cookie or something.

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HealthGal, Health Guide
11/24/08 12:11am

Yes those last pieces of info helped a lot - you need to get your blood sugars checked immediatley to rule out diabetes or hypolycemia attacks.  Call your doctor and describe these symptoms to the nurse and let her know you are concerned with possible rule out diagnosis of diabetes, pre-daibestes or hypoglycemia attacks.

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ash, Community Member
1/ 8/09 1:36am

These are classic signs of an anxiety attack. They can come anytime. I have been suffering from the past 3 years. It has been horrible. You cant do anything about them...so hang in there. Try to relax.

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brix, Community Member
2/21/09 5:34am
i've had the same problem for 17 years and it's exactly as you describe it. my doctor initially prescribed sleeping pills and they were pretty helpful, but when i got pregnant, i had to come off them and the attacks started again a few months after giving birth.
i had a sleep study done, but of course, the attacks didn't happen that night. i believe they are stress related because they seem to get worse when i have money problems, exams or some other stressful situation and they never happen when i've had alcohol.
i just try to accept that they are anxiety attacks and that they won't kill me, despite how they make me feel.

my advice would be to go to your doctor, though, just to get any physical causes ruled out.
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Edna, Community Member
3/23/09 5:01pm

I've been suffering the exact same symptoms for about two years.  The good news is that I'm still alive, the bad news is that I feel like they've gotten worse (or maybe I'm just more sensitive to it and get more panicky when it happens).  I also am extremely sensitive to caffeine (I get very shaky and have heart palpitations).  However, I've been monitored for diabetes/pre-diabetes and that's not it.  I am fairly small and relatively fit (5'4" approx. 115 lbs).  If you are still out there monitoring this site, let me know - maybe I'll post my medical history and see if there's a common thread among us.

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Vicki, Community Member
6/ 3/09 2:38pm

I have had the same symptoms and have been, and continue to do research regarding these horific episodes.  I have had insomnia before, and panic attacks.  However, I have yet to have them with the numbness of mouth and the prolonged time periods of insomnia.  After the third time this happened, and I had reached 3 nights with NO sleep, I contacted my doctor and he started asking the questions that.....I should have asked myself.  Such as:  When did the episodes take place?  Before or after your mentrual cycle?  Did you change your eating habits?  Are you eating late at night?  Were you under large amounts of stress?  etc.........so on, and such.  After answering the questions, I realized that it all made perfect sense to me now.  Hormonal imbalance!  The episodes were happening during the week before my mentrual cycle and I am 39!  For those women that are younger, yes......it does feel like anxiety and it is a form of anxiety that you are feeling, but there is more and it is linked to something else, more than likely.  It can be brougt on by stress and diet.  However, what we are encountering is more than likely a hormonal imbalance of some type.  As I have approachedyounger women with this problem, I realized that most of them had changed or come off of their birth control.  Some women have had this problem after having a child.  Others are like me and around my age could be going through post menopausal symptoms and on top of that have to deal with the actual mentrual pain as well.  In any event, take this seriously and see your doctor.  The symptoms could mean so much more, and yet could be a common case of anxiety as well.  There are homeopathic and medical solutions for us all.  I do not eat late at night - especially during pms, and no caffiene late.  Prepare for the timing of this and it will help.   

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Asdfoxx, Community Member
11/10/09 3:46am

wow. the exact same thing has been happening to me for about three days. super disorienting and scary!

I'm female, 14 years old. it scared me too, I have a very stressful life and I recently switched my antidepressants to something else, but in the meantime it has made me very shivery and cold, but sweaty at the same time. I know exactly the feeling that you are having, and the fear of your heart just stopping in the middle of the night, or not being able to feel your lips. I went to see my very knowledgable and kind doctor today, partly about my meds and partly about the weird heart flutters. she told me that it is uncommon, but not dangerous unless it HURTS REALLY BAD.

I suggest no caffeine, more sleep and less stress. Stress is the main factor in this, apparently and I'd hate to have you be scared of something that you can change. don't be afraid to tell your boyfriend about it! tell him that he shouldn't be worried, just to keep an eye on you. I really hope you feel better, it's a really bad feeling, but it is not dangerous and will go away as your body becomes more relaxed.

good luck!

-matylda

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ryan, Community Member
11/18/10 7:11pm

i have had the exact same problems for so long i wake up and it feels like my heart wasnt beating at all, and i have to take a deep breath its almost as if i wasnt breathing. my face is numb my whole body is tingaling and i can barely even talk i get so confused to where i cant even think sometimes my heart is either beating to slow or to fast It is soooo scary but ive done everything i can with every heart docter and all i ever get is anxiety is so crazy to think that somehting so big can just be anxiety. i get very bad chest pains to where i cant even breath sometimes i feel as if im just gonna fall out and die i worry about this all the time im constantly checking my heart beat wondering if its right it effects my everyday life my social life and my love life i feel as if i cant move forward but you just have to realise it is anxiety as much as it is to take it just no your not the only one goin through it.....stay strong

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Neillzdaman, Community Member
3/22/12 1:02am

I have the same problem but sometimes at night my heart feels like it reboots and i can go too sleep it feels almost as if my body is draining and i feel like if i completely relax im gonna drift into oblivion I went too sleep one night and was woken up i felt like i stopped breathing but was too weak too move and too tired my heart started palpitating like crazy and i thought i was gonna die i almost gave up until all of a sudden it stopped sometimes it happens when im half asleep but mostly when i consume alcohol is when it peaks like that so im just trying too be healthy but the scariest thing for me would be too die alone in my bed at 20 years old with no one around me just darkness.

 

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dr.x, Community Member
11/21/10 12:03pm

umm not gunna lie.. if you "get off" before you go to bed youll be more relaxed and probably be able to fall asleep. have you boyfriend do it for you..

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tooterfish, Community Member
12/13/10 11:04pm

 I have had these symptoms... the adrenaline spikes,the heart palpitations shortness of breath(mostly while lying down)... I have not slept really in 6 months...  Always been a poor sleeper...  I do not have health insurance and at this point a sudden terminal resolution would be preferable.. I almost welcome the end... 36 m and fairly healthy...  I do hard physical labor for a living.. and The anxiety of worrying that I am going to hurt myself or someone else is unbearable...  One thing piles on top of another I s'pose...  The few people I am close to would tell me to go to whatever uninsured people do...  Never really been sick or injured to speak of...  Cash for flu meds and strep once each...  Anyhow...  I can tell you that you have to learn to relax... Whatever your individual symptoms are..

I just find it heartening that their are other people living with this....  Good Luck to you all..God I do miss sleep..

 

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Kaylibaraniecki, Community Member
9/ 5/13 6:19am
Hi my name is kayli baraniecki. I feel you on the "welcoming the end" but I want to fight one last time. Maybe we could all come together and demand doctors. Or ask for their help and concern. This is what I wrote before ill paste it to you: I am suffering with the same thing. As I type even, hence the time. It's 6 am and I can't sleep because as I close my eyes I fear I will never open them again. It started with a tingly tongue and then out of body like palpitations. My hands are tingling too. I'm on anti biotics bc I was feeling out of body and had head pains from my tooth that would shoot right up. Cat scan showed nothing. But I am sure it's an infection bc the anti biotics make me feel normal again ! Any root canals or tooth pain? Ps my doctors blew it off as anxiety ...3 times in the ER and I'm sure I would have died of this infection...if I hadn't taken matters into my own hands and got anti biotics from a friend. Now I'm hangin in there waiting for my neurologist to send me for more tests. I don't know if ill sleep tonight. Lets stick together and get noticed by doctors who are willing to test us for problems and watch over us !! We need that. Reply
laura, Community Member
12/30/10 7:50am

hi, my name is Laura

I seen this and had to say something to you. When i was ur age i went through the same things as you listed. I had a lil girl age 2 at the time and i was so scared to go to sleep .....scared i woulnt wake and tingle feelings in arms and legs ,face,fingers,even in my eyes sometimes. I fear death,i fear being alone makes it worse,i fear medicine cause im scared how its going to make me feel. They can get so bad that they will start taking over your life......stoping you from going too far from home ,being alone in your car ,cause your not sure when its going to come on and the last thing you want is to be stuck somewhere and be in your car.......palpitations from anxiety is caused by the fight or flight mode in the body that sets off adrenaline into the body......thats from being scared all the time....it can cause heart to speed up or flutter ,change in the rhythm of the heart for a few mins......this is a GOD awful feeling and way to live.....I have a heart doctor that ive seen alot and they ran a bunch of test on me....like 2 week holter moniter ,24 hour moniter,EKG,ECO,stress test,pics of the heart, and everything was great.......do the same and it will make you feel alot better ,then talk to your doctor about anxiety issues.Sweetie i know what your going through and i feel for you.Mine started at age 19 mild.....age 22 started getting bad and now its really bad at times but mild others.....im now 29 and going to get medicine for my anxiety,this life will get old and you will want your life back,just dont wait so long like i did......

If you have anything you want to ask me please dont hesitate,there is alot of other signs also that i havent put down

hope i can help

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ladybug, Community Member
2/11/11 3:13pm

Hi Laura,

 I am a 27 year old mother of a 2 yr old.  I have had anxiety now for about 4 years.  It started right after i found out that my husband had to go to Iraq.  I had no idea what was happening to me.  Then my doc told me it was anxiety and i was put on depression pills that were horrible for me.  When i became pregnant with our little girl my anxiety was gone.  I just knew that it was finally gone forever.  She was about 1 yr old when i knew it was coming back.  It's so bad now.  I can't sleep and im terrified to be alone, always thinking i'm about to drop dead.  I want my life back.  Everyday is a constant struggle.  I stopped my antidepressant about 2 months ago because of the side effects, so my anxiety is in full bloom.  I was wanting to know what you do to relieve your anxiety.  It's gotten to were i can't tell whether my symptoms are life threatening or if its anxiety and this scares me to death.  I do not know anyone who is like me at all. 

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lalocita2119, Community Member
3/30/11 1:20pm

Oh wow...I didn't realize there were more people with my same symptoms. It's so scary! I have had the heart palpitations for a few months now along with light headedness but it wasn't until a couple of nights ago that I felt cold extremeties and even more frightning, my lips went numb. I have two small children and I go to school full time. When I have these episodes I feel a bit disoriented and I honestly feel like I am about to pass out and just die! I also have to sit up and talk myself into believing that everything is fine but the thoughts of me dying and leaving my children becomes unbearable and almost impossible to relax. I started my period yesterday and today I was having really bad cramps. I took Midol to relieve the pain and just a few minutes ago I started feeling the heart palpitations, numbness in hands and mouth...I'm totally freaked out :( I have also had headaches almost daily. I decided to search my sypmtoms and came across your post. I am very relieved to see there are more people with my sypmtoms and stress and anxiety seems like a very possible trigger to these episodes. However, I am still scared and plan to make a doctor's appointment very soon!

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Brandy, Community Member
4/ 2/11 5:23am

I have lived with this exact same thing for the past 8 years now. I've been checked for everything you can think of and the result is.. 'anxiety attacks'. They come on whenever and whereever for no reason what so ever most of the time. The caffiene and sugar don't exactly help it tho, because the more attacks you have, the weaker your heart will become. Mine are so extreme now that my heart does literally try to stop beating (because my heart had become so weak from all the attacks). My dr prescribed me xanax and lexapro, which do tend to stop the attacks. But with my heart trying to stop beating now, my dr is even  more determined to figure out a way to stop them completely before they do end up killing me. BTW, I'm only 23 and it scares me every time now because I'm certain I wont be able to make it to the hospital one day to get them to get my heart pumping normally again before I actually do die.. It is a very scary thing to live with. I am terribly sorry all of you are going through the same thing.

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K-oz Dragon, Community Member
7/21/11 6:26am

I've had the same problems and questions as most of you. I keep thinking it's related to me abusing my body when I was younger (I'm 29 now) but I also thought it was stress related. Now I'm beginning to think it's stress. If I think it's beginning to happen, it steamrolls itself into full-blown symptoms. I also noticed that when I'm drinking I don't seem to get them at all; which of course is stress related cuz when you're drinking your inhibitions lower and you're not as easily frightened - alcohol is "liquid courage" after all. It totally seems like a damn heart attack: numbness in the face, lips & tongue, irregular heartbeat with sever palpitations, and ice-cold extremities (which is probably the scariest part for me since you feel like a dead body). I wonder each time when I'll simply drop dead from it. However, when I was younger, I would get palpitations that would almost make me passout. My veins would stick out like I was being strangled and I'd turn blue. Also my mother has similar problems. With those 2 things considered it could also seem like a heart condition. So I figured if it *is* a heart condition there's not much I seemingly can do since the dr.'s themselves can't; but if it's stress then I CAN do something about it, which is to calm myself down and not care wtf happens to me. That seems to work the best so far, and really with those ultimatums I have no choice lol. So I suggest all of you give that a shot! Logically it makes perfect sense - and I suppose if you did die life shall go on for everyone else. It's not a pretty way to envision it, but it's true.

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kate, Community Member
1/ 2/13 4:23pm

Just happen to me! exactly how you describe your,  my start with chest pain and bacm of my shoulder,  dr send me do cardiac test ( stress test)  those symptoms you had,  dr say I had anxiety or panic attack, this first time my hold body completely numb mean I was paralyzed for 3hrs.SCARED TO DEAD. NOW STILL DONT KNEW FOR SURE WHAT GOING ON! WITH ME!  I dont havd insurance those dr not gonna tell me exactly what's going on with me, I say that because is not first Time this hospital F*** me around either.   By theway get check up son u can!  Change Dr if your dont listen to you. And u need to stop drink coffee hun.  Relax and takecare ok. Good luck.

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kate, Community Member
1/ 2/13 4:25pm

Just happen to me! exactly how you describe your,  my start with chest pain and bacm of my shoulder,  dr send me do cardiac test ( stress test)  those symptoms you had,  dr say I had anxiety or panic attack, this first time my hold body completely numb mean I was paralyzed for 3hrs.SCARED TO DEAD. NOW STILL DONT KNEW FOR SURE WHAT GOING ON! WITH ME!  I dont havd insurance those dr not gonna tell me exactly what's going on with me, I say that because is not first Time this hospital F*** me around either.   By theway get check up son u can!  Change Dr if your dont listen to you. And u need to stop drink coffee hun.  Relax and takecare ok. Good luck.

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anardo, Community Member
1/22/13 12:15am

OK, so I am a male 26 years old, and I have been having the same bio behaviors for two years now. Well one night I got upset at my own body, and I stated digging on how to solve this problem. I stated to track everything I ate, and oh boy. Eat a hotdog, and mark my words your heart will go nuts! I am lucky my mom is Dominican, and she told me to stop eating American food. I eat only what she cooks, dump my girl, I am also juicing, and not one episode in three months! :D I just felt like I needed to attract what ever this is, I did drastic changes really fast!

 

Oh yeah coffee is no bueno! 

 

A little side note: a hotdog has 710 milligrams of sodium. Not sure that's the exact cause, but I have a strong feeling.

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Karla, Community Member
5/15/13 4:11pm

Try to get your adrenals checked by a naturpathic doc or you can order a kit online...regular docs only check working or not ... and theres alot of degrees of not working in between...it throws everything off if they are excessively fatigued: blood sugars, digestion,thyroid,DHEA,stress hormones or lack of will set you up for auto immune issues if you cant get yourself balanced out..its all affected by those little glands above the kidneys they are responsible for like 300 processes in your body..also paleo type diet and a good liver cleanse tonic goes along way in helping with anxiety issues. Good luck and God bless your healing

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Karla, Community Member
5/15/13 4:15pm

Try to get your adrenals checked by a naturpathic doc or you can order a kit online...regular docs only check working or not ... and theres alot of degrees of not working in between...it throws everything off if they are excessively fatigued: blood sugars, digestion,thyroid,DHEA,stress hormones or lack of will set you up for auto immune issues if you cant get yourself balanced out..its all affected by those little glands above the kidneys they are responsible for like 300 processes in your body..also paleo type diet and a good liver cleanse tonic goes along way in helping with anxiety issues. Good luck and God bless your healing

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Kaylibaraniecki, Community Member
9/ 5/13 6:15am
I am suffering with the same thing. As I type even, hence the time. It's 6 am and I can't sleep because as I close my eyes I fear I will never open them again. It started with a tingly tongue and then out of body like palpitations. My hands are tingling too. I'm on anti biotics bc I was feeling out of body and had head pains from my tooth that would shoot right up. Cat scan showed nothing. But I am sure it's an infection bc the anti biotics make me feel normal again ! Any root canals or tooth pain? Ps my doctors blew it off as anxiety ...3 times in the ER and I'm sure I would have died of this infection...if I hadn't taken matters into my own hands and got anti biotics from a friend. Now I'm hangin in there waiting for my neurologist to send me for more tests. I don't know if ill sleep tonight. Lets stick together and get noticed by doctors who are willing to test us for problems and watch over us !! We need that. Also a sinking feeling in the stomache that might be from fear....ugh trying to fall asleep I took a Xanax that my doc prescribed and an antibiotic the ones that have helped me start living again. I spent my whole summer asleep because when I was awake I could barely move ....def a brain infection. Reply
audra johnson, Community Member
9/ 7/13 4:13am

hi my nameis audra. i have been having a weird feeling when i goto bed all of the sudden i wake up feeling like my heart is beating too slow and feeling like i breathe out but dont breathe back in sometime i have numbness and weird jitterness throughout my limbs and my teeth clench up im not stressed out though. i feel as if i have to prop myself up its the only thing that somewhat helps once in a while. i am alw thirsty so im cotntly drinking water. i haveasthma so im on symbolcort inhalor. i have poor health and i guess the only way to find out if i can get better is to have a better diet and exercize regularly. also i have noticed sometimes it happens if i eat too late, too much salt, something sugary before bed and it could be you comming down from it. also could be your blood sugar being too low... diabetic. if you are overweight like me it feels like you stop breathing and its because my weight and if i lose weight chances are it will go away. i just need to change what i eat because it is true american food is filled with too much sodium. i do suggest getting checked out for diabetis i need to do that again. i got checked out before and i didnt have it but ill check again i guess. ugh. try changing ur diet and not eating late.

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Life, Community Member
9/ 9/13 1:17pm
I am experiencing the same thing, It would mostly happen when I'm about to go to sleep or in the car.they medics told me its mostly likely because of anxiety /stress,and i am not diabetic, and my Heart and vital signs were good.a month before this started I had a problem with family so I stop drinking (I was drinking 24 beers a week before) and started working out every day,I wanted to change so bad so I kept pushing myself and I was tired didn't get enough sleep and drank some 3 cans of energy drinks to helped my sister moved,well after we were done,I got in the truck to drive but to only a few miles my body had the shakes,chills,blur,felt scared and called emergency because that's never happen in my 43yr old life.....so I know all this was probably the caused...now when i feel this ,I feel more relax to know there are just anxiety and just think everything is going to fine.and so far I am ok but will get stronger. Reply
marleysghost, Community Member
10/23/13 5:09am

Hey all! Whoever comes across these posts hopefully will be reassured in their fears of dying in their sleep most likely WILL NOT happen. (What are we; 85 year old grumpies living in the acceptance phase of the stages of death? Hells no!) Like everyone else that posted, I have had and am currently at this moment experiencing these same symptoms...and they are frightening. I've been afraid to sleep because everytime I'm about to pass out, I feel a strange light headed feeling I've never felt before, immediatly come to (or even occasionally awaken from sleeping) and have to catch my breath and my pulse is irregular. I feel like my heart and breath are working in unison and both slowly slowing down to the point of both stopping...Here's the thing though; I currently have a Halter monitor on me and have had for the passed 2 weeks, and will keep wearing it for another 2 weeks (full month). I've been transmitting data it records by itself and when I make it record my episodes. My cardiologist is very prompt on reviewing data daily to make sure I don't need to get a pacemaker due to potential cardiac arrest. He has found nothing to out of the normal except a few symptoms i'll speak of here soon. He also prescribed me a full blood culture test in which I'll be getting the results for tomorrow. Checking for diabetes, thryoid diseases, and cholesterol levels. Now I am diagnosed with "bradychardia", as of a few weeks ago when i went to the ER for my symptoms and they monitored me for several hours. Bradychardia is a condition in which a persons heart rate is slower than 60 bpms per minute. I have low to mid 40's-50's in my sleep, which actually is normal for young adults, especially those who take care of their bodies. I also have presyncope, which is what sounds like most of you have as well, lightheadness/faintness feeling...most likely due to my diet, and to be honest probably all of you that are posting as well. The symptoms we are all experiencing are probably not suddenly occurring but rather an accumulation of time catching up to us of bad habits that are ignored or overlooked. Then when these symptoms arise, we want to be quick to think the worst is going to happen to us, leading to anxiety and panic attacks...now we're damaging our bodies with our own minds, as well as the environmental influences. Suggestion would be to most, if not all, see a physician if you can afford it to make sure nothing is underlying, especially with thyroid or diabetes, and get a quick ekg done as well; it takes like 3 minutes to check for irregularities. If you can't afford a doctor then try utilizing stress release practices like yoga, meditation (deep breathing relaxation types), eat more fruits and vegitable and less red meats and pork, lower sodium intake by about 50% of what your daily consumption is (and yes you have to read labels now! a price to pay for reassurance and peace of mind!). Pay attention to what you do, think, and eat on the days when the symptoms are  its worse and change those habits, see if it helps. If all this is done and you still have symptoms, then see a neurologist if possible for potential partial night seizures, aka nocturnal absence seizures with OSA (obstructive sleep apnea). This can cause all the symptoms you guys have spoken of and that i have experienced as well. Ok very long answer, and i hope i help at least one person feel better in terms of not fearing dying in their sleep. All of your messages really helped me clear my head and I already feel so much better sharing with all of you and I wish you all the best. Ja Rasta, One Love!

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