I have mild Afib and use Warfrin, I think they are the cause of my sleep problem.
I need to sleep on my right side, on the left I feel the heart beat. The problem is that I wake
up every 1 1/2 hours with mild discomfort (ie short of pain) If I get up and walk around
I'm OK for another 1 1/2 hours sleep. I feel the problem is muscles starving for
nutrition. If I eat 3 gum drops, the problem goes away and I sleep for 3 hours. My
doctors have run all the tests for hyper or hypoglycemia. If I take a sleeping pill my
doctor prescribed, I sleep for 5 hour sessions. But it leaves me too groggy to play
golf the next morning. (I play 4 rounds of golf each week).
Congratulations on the golf at 87! You are doing better than I am at 67.
It is my understanding and experience that sleeping on the left side pushes the heart closer to the chest wall. It is uncomfortable for me and usually results in irregular beats. I have taken a beta blocker for 10 years for my afib and have found no trouble sleeping with it. I have sleep apnea that is well controlled with a cpap machine. Have you had a sleep study? The waking and sleeping cycles you describe sound similar to sleep apnea.
I wish you luck with this. A good night's sleep is very important in Afib and in general. Let us know how things are going.
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