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OmarKhan, June 6,  2021  4:28pm EST

Has anyone experienced hypnic/pre deep sleep jolts due to stress, followed by ectopics or Afib? Need advice!

I'm 46

In good health

Got my blood tested in Dec, normal lipid panel and sugar levels

No one in my family has died of a heart disease or heart failure

Both my parents are in their mid 70s and in great health

BP is 110/71

Anyways been under a lot of stress and feeling anxious lately. I had chronic panic/stress disorder brought on by the isolation factor due to the pandemic. Did meditate, go out, deep breath, exercise to combat it and I was okay. My panic/anxiety attacs and related symptoms like these sleep induced pvcs stopped.

Before I took these measures, I used to experience hypnic jerks/jolts or that pre deep sleep just exhausted feeling before you go unconscious and it would cause my heart to produce some ectopics mabe 1-3 max and then some times it would be followed by a short 1 minute bout of Afib with an irregular heartbeat and then I would wake up abruptly, breath and my heart would restore it's rhythm.

As stated above, I did take measures to handle this and it worked.

However for the last few nights, or even during this afternoon when I tried to fall asleep, just when I'm crossing that mark from consciousness to unconsciousness and going into a deep slumber, I'm jolted, like a hypnic **** and my heart produces many extra beats and today a small bout of Afib. I have been under stress and feeling anxious lately to be honest so that could be the culprit. Could this be the cause? Or something else based on my health history/background? Has anyone experienced this or am I the lone wolf or Blacksheep that experienced my heart go off rhythm slightly when I'm trying to fall alseep. Like I said, it just started a few days ago when I have been stressed and anxious and I was okay for 1 year. So I think it's mind/anxiety related but want to get a second opinion. I will try to relax, do deep breathing, meditate and sleep earlier. I've been not getting enough sleep and been stressing about a few things.


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  • AHAModerator
    AHAModerator, June 7,  2021  8:52am EST

    Good morning,

    Thank you so much for reaching out and sharing your experience with the MyAFibExperience community. I am sorry to hear that you are experiencing these symptoms again - it certainly does not sound fun. I hope that as you continue to interact with others here in the community, that you will be able to foster a sense of solidarity and find that you are not alone. Unfortunately, I am not a medical professional, but in the meantime, I can share some resources with you, like this one on Lifestyle Strategies for Managing AFib, or this one about Managing Stress day-to-day. 

    Please keep us updated on how you are feeling!

    Best wishes,

    AHA Moderator

  • Thumper2
    Thumper2, June 7,  2021  8:58am EST

    OmarKhan, it sounds like you are doing some sensible things to allay your symptoms from stress.  I have not experienced the kind of "jolts" you describe, but those of us with AFib have many and widely-differing effects from it.   I can only offer the following thoughts.

    (1) Are you seeing an electrophysiologist (EP) for your atrial fibrillation?  (They specialize in treating AFib and are likely to have more up-to-date advice.)

    (2) have you been tested for sleep apnea?

    Let us know how things are going!

    Thumper2 (Judy)

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