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Heart palpitation just before I drift to sleep

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The past few weeks I've been having sleeping trouble. Just before I drift to sleep, I get a heart palpitation that makes me jump awake. This happens several times nearly every night. I quit smoking 7 months ago, and use electronic cigarettes, tried to eliminate that, and it still happened. Last night I was trying to sleep and just as I was about to fall asleep I got pins and needles everywhere kn my body, including my face. I have a history of anxiety disorder, and generally can tell when anxiety is the case, and this doesn't seem to be it. I am currently medicated. .25 mg of xanax every 4-5 hours, depending in when I feel it wear off. I drink plenty of water, my diet isn't the healthiest, and my sleep schedule is rather odd. Usually 4-6 am -1-2 pm based on my job schedule. I should note I do have two upper wisdom teeth that are pretty bad. That is about it. What could this be? I still suffer every day anxiety but I have a hold on it mostly, but this nighttime thing I can't get to fade


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replied May 1st, 2014
Sleep Disorders Answer A46987
Thank you for asking! believe it or not, it is a classic presentation of anxiety and panic attacks. Smoking withdrawals are additional trigger. Get to a psychiatrist and get some sleep therapies. You need a management for insomnia and a complete diet and lifestyle modifications. Avoid caffeinated and all central stimulating agents like beverages, alcohol etc. Get your circadian rhythm fixed. Your answers lie in your questions. You need to figure this out.
Get a sleep disorder specialist and let them help you with it,
take care


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