Sometimes when I am falling asleep I will feel like I have heart palpitations; experience lightheadedness; get numbness in my mouth, hands, and feet; and have cold extremities. When I sit up or get out of bed, the symptoms seems to subside. What could be causing this?
Though I am not a doctor and cannot possibly diagnose your issue, those sound like the classic symptoms and signs of an anxiety attack. It might be that you become overwhelmed with processing things from your day when you are trying to fall asleep, and your body reacts this way to that feeling of being overwhelmed. In any case, you should definitely talk to a doctor about this. Some of the symptoms could also point to cardiovascular issues, problems with your blood sugar, or hypertension. Only a doctor will be able to tell you what's causing these issues and help you treat them.
Here are some articles you might find useful as you try to get to the bottom of this issue:
Rocking Yourself to Sleep Can Benefit Adults
Most Common Anxiety Disorders Explained
The Difference Between Anxiety and an Anxiety Disorder
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.