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Can being up too late prompt an onset of rapid heartbeat? I was up til 1:30 working last night; I preparing for teaching in 2 weeks.  I awoke about an hour after falling asleep with a rapid heartbeat.  This is not the first time this has happened; but it has been at least 6 months.  And this was a problem for me postpartum.  Anyway, my heart beat like crazy for about 10-12 minutes then calmed down after I took an aspirin and I concentrated on deep breathing.  I had coffee about 4 hours before I went to bed and one glass of wine about 6 hours before I went to bed? I did eat some--not alot--of spicy food for dinner.  I woke up somewhat tired this morning of course; but am fine now.  Regular heartbeat, etc.  One thing that had changed in my life is that I was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome 8 months ago.  I take more fiber in my diet now.  I received a cardio exam about three years ago; no problems detected. Had my physical in October and am doing well test/lab wise.  Any insight re: the relationship of stress and diet to onset of rapid heartbeat during sleep?
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612551 tn?1450022175
Sounds like stress to me.  If you normally go to bed early, say before 10 PM, then the late night could add to the problem.  Either, especially both, could cause you to have palpitations, and high HR.  Try to deal with your stress, remember thing will work out, give it your best and don't worry about things.
267401 tn?1251852496
Hi Vicki -

I think what you have there is the perfect storm for arrhythmia (the benign variety, anyway).

Caffeine before bed never helps (and it actually stays in your system and can affect you for 12+ hours).

Alcohol is a brain depressant but a heart stimulant.

And lack of sleep can always mess with my heart rhythm.

Add to that whatever stress you might be feeling about teaching and I'm sure that's your cause.

Next time your heart races try the Vasalva maneuver (Google it).  It's easy to do and helps a lot of people get their heart back into a slower rhythm.


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Lack of sleep often leads to heart arrythmias for me, too. The other thing that sometimes happens when I'm focused on something and lose track of time is that I forget to drink water and get a little dehydrated, which also messes with my heart rhythm. Could that have been the case for you? I also find that sometimes when I'm anxious before falling to sleep, I actually start dreaming about a bad outcome of the situation or have an altogether unrelated but upsetting nightmare and wake up with racing heart and/or palpitations. Visualizing being on a beautiful, sunny beach for about 15 minutes before bed seems to reduce the risk of wake ups for me.  
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