Having heart palpitations when lying down (a fluttering feeling in the heart, skipping beats) is not as uncommon as people might believe. Sometimes there aren’t any palpitations at all in fact, and the person involved merely is more tuned-in to their heartbeats than usual while the room is at its most quiet.
If you are feeling your heart fluttering then there are a few possible, likely causes:
- Drinking caffeine late in the day.
- Exercising late in the evening.
- Eating later in the evening than usual.
- Feeling more stressed or anxious than usual.
If you feel any pain associated with your heart or you have any dizziness, shortness of breath or any numb sensations then seek professional medical advice immediately.
Other usual suspects can be certain medications taken at night time. Medicines that contain pseudoephedrine can also be the cause of nighttime heart palpitations. Pseudoephedrine is found in some cold drugs and even some anti-asthmatic medication. Pseudoephedrine is a stimulant which affects the sympathetic nervous system and can undoubtedly encourage fluttering of the heartbeat.
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Is There Any Difference Between Having Heart Palpitations At Night Compared To The Daytime?
There really is no difference between nighttime heart fluttering and those experienced in the daytime. The reason why palpitations may appear to be more pronounced at night is that the nighttime period offers fewer distractions than the daytime. The quietness of the room can make them seem more powerful than during the day.
One possible direct cause at night time that can differ from the day is the position in which you are lying. Sufferers who tend to lay on their backs and those who lay on their left-sides can place undue pressure on their vagus nerve. The vagus nerve is a significant part of the nervous system, and external force on it can send a harmless signal to the heart which would make it have the fluttering feeling. Try switching to another laying position as you feel the fluttering and see if the palpitations stop soon after.
Stress And Other Factors
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Laying in bed should be the perfect moment to settle down for a good night’s sleep. For many people, however, it’s the moment when all the day’s distractions have ebbed away, and the mind turns to worrying. The worries may be about the day you’ve just had, or they may concern problems that you have yet to face. Either way, the dark, quiet bedroom is very often the place where issues are brought to consciousness, and they can become your dominant thoughts.
Having a mind filled with problems at bedtime certainly increases anxiety. Anxiety then has a straightforward task of magnifying every little thought into a major catastrophe. While it’s easier said than done, try to do your worry-processing during the daytime and make the bedtime the period for sleep. The problems you have will still be there tomorrow, so you may as well get a good night’s sleep and face those issues in a better frame of mind the following day.
As with all topics relating to your health, don’t solely use the Internet in place of your doctor. The Internet provides you with no tools to test your heart for any abnormalities whereas your doctor certainly has those tools. Use this guide and all others as a reference rather than a professional diagnosis.
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