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A 31-year-old female asked:

Im a 31 year old female, with high stress/anxiety. for about two years now, every time i have a nap during the day i always wake up with my heart pounding "so hard", it feels very uncomfortable. just anxiety for no reason? or should i be concerned?

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Dr. Deborah Ungerleider
Pediatrics 38 years experience
Generally, sleeping should make someone more relaxed. However, if you were anxious before your nap, it could continue when you wake up. Also, if you had a stressful dream/"nightmare", that could cause this. If it continues, I would recommend seeing your doctor for an exam and a discussion if you have not done so already.
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