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Heart rates spikes while sleeping

Discussion in 'Autonomic, Cardiovascular, and Respiratory' started by sharks, May 21, 2017.

  1. sharks

    sharks Senior Member

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    I have pots and my heart rate jumps up to 120 while I am walking which is not super high. But not great. While I sleep my heart rate will go down to 64, then shoot back up to 75-80 within 20 mins. And this happens over and over until I get up around 3-4 am and can't go back to sleep.

    When I was an active drinker in my 20's I used to get up around 3/4 am and then go back to sleep. I assumed it was sugar and had my blood sugar and pancreas and diabetes testing and everything came back normal. I also don't lack vitamins and minerals.
     
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    belize44 Senior Member

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    I have a similar thing going on, too. When I first start to fall asleep, I feel my heart skip a beat than it starts being irregular. Sometimes I get up and check my BP and it is very high. I have tried raising the head of my bed from four to six inches, but it doesn't seem to help. On most morning I wake with high blood pressure, but after being upright for a few hours it drops down to my normal range. It fluctuates through the night, too. Sipping salt water followed by regular water helps sometimes.
     
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  3. sharks

    sharks Senior Member

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    Do you think you have sleep apnea?
     
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    belize44 Senior Member

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    Almost positive.
     
  5. Sidney

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    I don't know if this is a related phenomenon, but I have started using a chest strap heart monitor, having used a Fitbit or Polar sports watch to track my HR for a long time, and I have been amazed at the difference, but don't know if it matters:

    During my 5 minute HRV session with the Monitor every morning, my HR can go from 0-168, but in no consistent way.

    But according to the watch, it also varies all the time, but is always in the low 60s on waking and when resting, and varying from 80s to maybe 110 or 120 at most, when doing something tiring. This seems to be a huge difference.

    Do I get these very high readings from the Monitor just because it is so much more accurate that it measures each microsecond, and the sports watches are so much less sensitive?

    In other words, are the high readings insignificant?
     
  6. sharks

    sharks Senior Member

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    For me the readings are very close as I occationally do a manual check as well. My heart rate shoots high when I am not doing anything tiring. If I was lifting boxes or moving around it goes to 140. But if I am casually walking down the street it's 120. I feel like it should be 10/20 points lower.
     

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