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Head Pressure And Spike In Blood Pressure When Trying To Fall Asleep


julieph85

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For the last 3 weeks everytime I try to fall asleep while laying down I will suddenly get an intense wave of pressure in my chest and head. While it's happening I can feel and hear my heart beating in my ears. I have taken my BP while this is happening and it high. This also the same pressure feeling I get in my head and chest when I first stand up but this is much more intense. At first I thought this was anxiety but it keeps happening every night and I have noticed that when it happens my heart does not beat any faster but beats harder, i also noticed when it is happening I can feel my pulse all over my body. I cannot imagine what is causing these sudden surges in BP and heart contractility but it is scaring the crap out of me because ever since it started I have had headaches every single day and severe dizziness even while i'm sitting. I'm worried there is something wrong with the vessels in my head. Does anyone else experience this?

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Julie,

I have never taken my BP while it is happening, but, I do experience the sensations you describe when I first get in bed...usually for anywhere from 15-45 minutes. I feel like its the blood redistributing through my body but that's only what it feels like...no science to back that up. I have a really hard time falling asleep. It usually takes 1.5 - 3 hours to fall asleep after I get into bed...it just takes longer if I go to bed earlier. I also think this may have something to do with adrenaline surges...at least the heart pounding part of it.

I wish I had some good advice but I don't...I can only commiserate with you. :rolleyes:

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I also have symptoms when lying down that I do not get when upright. Also would like to understand.

The only thought I have on the bp is that if you are checking you bp maybe you are also feeling a little anxious--that could be bringing your bp up. Does it go back down fairly soon? I think the best you can do is document and share the info with your dr.

I'm sorry, I know anything unknown is stressful to deal with.

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I do get this Julie. I've tested my blood pressure while it was happening and it's about 85/52. So I don't know what's happening. Sometimes I have to lay on my side because I can feel the blood actually pulsating in the back of my head and it makes the headaches and pressure worse. Also, when I lay down is when I feel my heart doing some flip flops and then I get a bit of anxiety. But I don't know what it is. I just chalk it up to my fluctuating blood pressure. I did get my thyroid out a few years back and it has actually become a bit more tolerable, but before that, it was pretty tough. But I don't have POTS like most on here, but did have a form of it for a few years, but it was more of a hypertensive situation. I have a few undiagnosed issues, but I have idiopathic autonomic neuropathy with orthostatic intolerance. Sorry that you are going through all this as well. It's definitely life changing.

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