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can being exhausted from a 8 hour work shift and only 6 hours of sleep day to day cause an increased heart rate? i work late and work early...

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Dr. Adam Smith
17 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes It Could: Exhaustion is usually a combination of mental and physical fatigue. In an otherwise healthy person, elevated heart rate could be the result of increased cortisol from disrupted sleep cycle, mild dehydration or combination of both. Suggest increasing your water intake while at work, be mindful of taking deep full breaths every so often, and taking time away from electronic devices before sleep.
Answered on Mar 24, 2018
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