Lightheaded, Racing Heart, Numbness When Falling Asleep?

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Asked by xxmousexx

Lightheaded, Racing Heart, Numbness When Falling Asleep?

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?

Answer

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.

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Answered by Amy Hendel, P.A.