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Bracelet,

Can you give a little more information?

First, does there seem to be some consistency in the amount of time between when you first fall asleep and when you awake with this high heart rate or is it just random (days, times)? Multiple times a night or more sporadic across days? You also say you "start having a dream or something" in your post. Do you remember a dream when you awake and is the dream bad?

Sleep disorders come in a lot of different shapes and sizes. For a start, keeping a sleep diary and talking to your doctor sound like good ideas. If you do have a lot of stress/anxiety in your life, finding outlets to reduce that would only help you overall (regardless of whether it helps with this particular problem).

On the sleep study issue, my insurance was not a problem so just be sure to research your plan carefully against the provider (if you even end up needing a sleep study). While having electrodes all over your head is a little strange, the sleep lab I went to was more like a hotel than a lab and the people were very nice. It wasn't bad at all.

Good luck.
[QUOTE=MidlineNotFine;2906959]First, does there seem to be some consistency in the amount of time between when you first fall asleep and when you awake with this high heart rate or is it just random (days, times)? Multiple times a night or more sporadic across days? You also say you "start having a dream or something" in your post. Do you remember a dream when you awake and is the dream bad? [/quote]

It always seems to me that when it happens, it's pretty soon after I fall asleep and I haven't been asleep all that long. It's not multiple times per night, it happens once at the beginning of the night, but then I fall asleep again after waking up and pretty much stay asleep the rest of the night. Although I don't always remember the dream, I don't always feel like it was a scary one. Sometimes I remember that it definitely was something scary. But other times I don't get that impression that it was anything particularly upsetting, just a stupid dream about something and then all the sudden I get woken up with a racing heart. It's so biszarre!

[quote]Sleep disorders come in a lot of different shapes and sizes. For a start, keeping a sleep diary and talking to your doctor sound like good ideas. If you do have a lot of stress/anxiety in your life, finding outlets to reduce that would only help you overall (regardless of whether it helps with this particular problem). [/quote]

I find that I have some stress sometimes when it happens, but other times it's not related to anything going on in my life, it just happens. I've been meaning to start a sleep diary, maybe if I do that for about a month and then go see the doctor, then at least I'll have something to tell her. I know she's going to ask me certain questions and if I have it written down then at least I'll be able to give her some answers. I remember countless times when I've gone in for something but didn't keep adequate records, so she'll ask me a bunch of questions and I just don't feel sure of the answers! So, thanks for the suggestion, I'll go out today and buy a notebook where I can write some of this stuff down. What time I went to sleep, what time I woke up, what I remember thinking about right before I woke up, my pulse rate, etc. I think it would help a lot to be able to give her that information.

[quote]On the sleep study issue, my insurance was not a problem so just be sure to research your plan carefully against the provider (if you even end up needing a sleep study). While having electrodes all over your head is a little strange, the sleep lab I went to was more like a hotel than a lab and the people were very nice. It wasn't bad at all. [/quote]

I'm going to have to look at my insurance. I thought I remembered some reference to sleep studies, but my mind is blank right now about what it said. So I'll have to check it over later today when I get to work.





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