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A 25-year-old male asked:

i often find myself being jolted awake, reminiscent to being electrocuted. leaves my heart racing and disrupts the sleep of my wife and i. causes?

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Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Jolted awake: You MAY be having panic attacks. There are also other neurological possibilities associated w/sleep. Please start w/a visit to your doctor. He/she may rule out the neuro possibilities and then you can consult w/a clinical psychologist if panic attacks are the issue. Peace and good health.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

Is it normal to have your heart racing and waking you while you sleep?

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Dr. Thomas Riney
Pediatrics 37 years experience
No: May have anxiety, dreams, or an arrythmia, see your doc.
A 49-year-old female asked:

I am awakend from sleep thinking i'm hearing someone is knocking at the door and it's my heart racing is that normal? I am diabetic.

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Dr. Joy Jackson
Family Medicine 19 years experience
This : This is called tachycardia (fast heart rate). This is not normal and is something that needs to be investigated right away. Common causes of tachycardia include: heart disease heart arrhythmia high blood pressure smoking fever increased alcohol or caffeine intake medication side effect electrolyte imbalance thyroid disorder etc. The bottom line is to have a medical evaluation by your primary care provider. Best of luck.

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Last updated Jan 28, 2018

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