What causes heart palpitations at night?

Have you ever had that uncomfortable feeling in your chest, like your heart is racing or skipping a beat? That’s called heart palpitations. While it can happen during the day, some people experience them more frequently at night. In this article, we’ll take a look at what causes heart palpitations and how to prevent them from happening.

What are Heart Palpitations?

Before we dive into the causes of heart palpitations at night, let’s define what they are. Simply put, heart palpitations are feelings or sensations that occur within your chest when it seems as though your heartbeat has become irregular or out of sync with a normal rhythm (it’s like listening to dubstep instead of classical music).

You might feel fluttering in your chest or pounding beats. These sensations can be alarming or uncomfortable, but they’re typically not dangerous on their own (unless you have an underlying condition that increases risk).

In most cases, heart palpitations won’t last long and will resolve on their own without treatment (but if you experience other symptoms along with them such as shortness of breath).

Why do they Occur More At Night?

So why does it seem like so many people experience heart palpitations more often at night? There could be several reasons for this:


During the day we tend to keep busy with work and other activities which keep us distracted from our bodies but in the evening due to less activity means there is nothing much going on which makes relaxation easier but also leave time for one’s mind wander causing increased awareness towards minor bodily changes such as slight body movements / beating patterns leading to vibrations being magnified creating anxiety causing physical symptoms associated with fight-or-flight response (palpitation).

Changes in Breathing

When we lie down to go sleep our breathing tends changes meaning slower respiration rate per minute allowing for more conscious of the feeling in our chest which alerts us about changes to breathing rate, this creates a change/rhythm/difference that makes some people experience palpitations.

Changes in Blood Flow

Movement & position can affect blood flow around the body e.g potentiating lower cardiac output and creating heart palpitation, especially when we lie down at night.

Reactions To Stimulants

Some people drink coffee or tea late into the evening,which contain caffeine that forces adrenal glands to produce additional stress hormones like cortisol leading increases anxiety levels causing accelerated sensorium (heightened awareness) producing additional symptoms such as dizziness and sweating with such stimulants affecting your sleep health (beware…cursed Redbull).

Common Causes of Nighttime Heart Palpitations

There are several things that could be causing heart palpitations at night:

Anxiety or Stress

Anxiety disorders consist of persistent states of worry or tension one is unable to manage leading obsessive fears consumed by repeated negative thoughts. This occurs mainly during panic attacks where fast beating pulses due overactivation sympathetic nervous systems occur which leads heightened Angstgeist/Stress response possibly lowering parasympathetic tone/relaxation lowering morbidity/mortality rates ;as well its reported some patients who do not have any identifiable medical conditions present with heart racing episodes informally suggested as anxiety/stress related triggers

Sleep Apnea Syndrome / Obstructive Disorder

This disorder results from difficulty breathing while sleeping caused by an obstructed airway it causes body’s oxygen level access absorption resulting sudden tremors increasing stress hormone production stimulating and creating extra energy effects while exercising making it even harder management despite keeping ones physical wellness priorities straight cough non-compliance super wear function follows day leading to poorer care giving overall keep active make sure you don’t snore too much! (a third pillow helps if rolled under knee).

Low Blood Sugar Levels

Hypoglycemia or low blood glucose is observed commonly during diabetic patients without proper management, it can also present in sedentary lifestyles due to poor dietary habits. It causes dizziness and palpitations.

Overactive Thyroid

Excessive overproduction of thyroid hormones aka hyperthyroidism presents itself with a slew of distinct symptoms one being heart palpitations (among other conditions such as sweating more than necessary).

GERD / Acid Reflux

Gastrointestinal reflux disease characterized by rising acidic juices from stomach into esophagus causing discomfort (heartburn), but not normally leading to palpatory events.

Tips for Preventing Heart Palpitations at Night:

While these potential underlying issues might require treatment, there are some general tips that could help prevent nighttime heart palpitations (who’s scared? Not us!):

  • Quit smoking or chewing tobacco.
  • Reduce your intake of caffeinated beverages such as coffee or tea before going to bed.
  • Avoid rigorous exercise close to bedtime.
  • Stay hydrated throughout the day; dehydration exacerbates many health problems including triggering palpitation episode
  • Manage stress and anxiety using techniques like meditation OR five minutes looking outside focusing on nature sounds weird but works
  • Maintain healthy sleeping habits, adopt ‘the internal alarm’ that feels tired enough for sleep don’t guess/wait until you’re exhausted instead try adopting relaxing activities few hours prior `to hitting the hay.’

If none of these tips seem to be helping you prevent nighttime heart palpitations then its best joining support groups within ones community or internationally accessible resources available online which provides additional insights maybe advice/support group for those managing stressors surrounding panic attacks may be helpful!

So next time we feel fluttery hearts come on late night let’s remember what they truly mean (Our body loves Dubstep).

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