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Cant sleep on my left side
« on: May 01, 2012, 02:08:29 PM »
  So for the last year or so I have been unable to sleep on my left side. Everytine I do I feel my heart pulsating and it is really starting to bother me. Does anyone else get this and do you think its cause for concern?
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Re: Cant sleep on my left side
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2012, 02:26:11 PM »
I can't sleep on my tummy anymore.  It used to be my fave position years ago.  then I had babies and, of course, with a watermelon in your belly you can't. :winking0008:  After having had babies, sleeping on my stomach makes me feel like I can't get air.  No biggie though.  I just don't sleep on my belly. 
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Re: Cant sleep on my left side
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2012, 02:34:51 PM »
I can't sleep on my belly, either (but not for same reason as you, Six:) Many, many years ago when I was struggling, mightily, with Panic Disorder (and the soon correlating Cardiophobia), I found that I could feel my heart beating way too much while laying on my stomach. And, when sleeping on ones tummy, our ears are, typically, pressed against the pillow and I could really hear (and feel) my heartbeats in my ear. All this is because we become so fixated on body functions, a lot of the time. To this day, I sleep on my back (or side, sometimes)...still can't fall asleep on my stomach after all these years:)
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Re: Cant sleep on my left side
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2012, 02:38:38 PM »
Thanks sick but does anyone have heart symptoms that make them unable to sleep? Like i actually feel my heart beating in my left ribcage.
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Re: Cant sleep on my left side
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2012, 02:43:15 PM »
I get really bad palps/flops when I lay on my left side....yes. Never the right. I'm not sure why this makes my heart flop out of rhythm, but it does on a pretty regular basis. I try not to lay that way even though it usually works itself back into a regular rhythm after a few beats.
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Re: Cant sleep on my left side
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2012, 02:44:34 PM »
I feel my heart beating more prominently on my left side, too. I get more PVCs and stuff when i lie on that side, too.

That doesn't mean anything's "wrong" with your heart that you sense these things. The body is just structured that way.

Sometimes when it happens I can ignore it, but sometimes it's irritating and I turn over to another side.
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Re: Cant sleep on my left side
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2012, 02:59:07 PM »
I feel my heart beating more prominently on my left side, too. I get more PVCs and stuff when i lie on that side, too.

That doesn't mean anything's "wrong" with your heart that you sense these things. The body is just structured that way.

Sometimes when it happens I can ignore it, but sometimes it's irritating and I turn over to another side.

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Re: Cant sleep on my left side
« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2012, 03:34:36 PM »
Yes, I too avoid my left side when I sleep because I can feel my heartbeat too much and start fearing heart palpitations which trigger my anxiety.  So I sleep on my right and then turn on my back sometimes when sleeping on the right gets uncomfortable.
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Re: Cant sleep on my left side
« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2012, 03:54:18 PM »
Yes, I too avoid my left side when I sleep because I can feel my heartbeat too much and start fearing heart palpitations which trigger my anxiety.  So I sleep on my right and then turn on my back sometimes when sleeping on the right gets uncomfortable.
Have you had it for a long time E? If so how long?
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Re: Cant sleep on my left side
« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2012, 04:41:31 PM »
For several years now, although I've had it on and off in the past.  It's like the anxiety gets focused on different thoughts or sensations over the years.  Sometimes I think it moves from my heart to my head(light headed) or to my lungs (not getting a satisfying breath).  I get obsessive about it.  The heart thing is scary to me because these sensations mimic some of the symptoms of heart disease.  I never know for sure and a doctor's reassurance only  lasts for a while before the pattern comes back.  Sometimes I think my brain is not able to suppress the fear producing parts of my brain so I always seek reassurance. Oh well... its good to talk about these things. 
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