Last night I was trying to sleep and noticed that my heart was beating unusually hard and fast. I could even hear it! It was a little bit annoying, and as somebody with a long list of physical symptoms from anxiety I wasn't frightened by it. I tried breathing deep and slow, but it seemed like the more I tried to control it, the worse it got, and therefore the more afraid I got. I eventually had to get out of bed and watch a show to distract myself. When I was watching my show, it stopped! But when I tried to go back to bed, it my heart started racing AGAIN!
I ended up getting up and watching TV until 2 am. Ugh. I'm sure this was anxiety-related, but I've never experienced anything that has lasted this long.
My anxiety attacks usually come out of the blue. It starts with some kind of physical symptom, which then launches me into an anxiety attack (not the other way around). It was pretty scary and I almost wanted to go to the ER. Does anybody else experience something like this that hits you out of the blue? Could this be bad for my heart health? Should I go seek help?