Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties
131 Doctors Online

By proceeding, I accept the Terms and Conditions

Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

HCM Blog Instant Access to Doctors
HCM BlogQuestions Answered
HCM Blog Satisfaction

What causes palpitations upon waking up from sleep?

Hi, I am a 66 yr old female. I experience rapid heartbeat when I awake from sleep. It is noticeable when I am laying on my right side. If I am laying on my left, it is not noticeable. This has been going on for just a few months. I saw my physician in July and thought at that time it might be positional or orthostatic hypotension as I sometimes had some dizziness. I have not been experiencing dizziness for the past month and a half. I have a small tricuspid valve regurgitation found during a stress test a few years ago. I have chronic migraine for 30+ years.
Mon, 13 Aug 2018
Report Abuse
General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

As per my clinical experience, the rapid heart rate only when waking up from sleep is usually anxiety related. I would suggest deep breathing exercises, YOGA, relaxation techniques and sound uninterrupted sleep of 7-8 hours to clear the issue. Take care.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.
Dr. Purva Patel
I find this answer helpful
Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]
Share on

Related questions you may be interested in

doctor1 MD

My heart is beating funny it feels like its jumping. I smoke a pack of cigarettes a week for 9 years.. I am afraid to go to sleep every night...