For the past month or so, I have noticed that as I am trying to fall asleep, I can feel my heart rate increase dramatically (heart palpatations?), and as it getse noticable, I am forced to open my eyes and gasp for air. I thought this might be a form of panic attacks, but I cannot figure out why it only happens when I try to go to sleep.
A little background:
I'm 22, 5'9'' 195 lbs., and a relatively healthy male. Aside from the occassional sinus infection, which I'm just getting over, I'm pretty healthy. I've had asthma since I was 7, and I take prevacid for acid reflux. However, I've also had insomnia for quite some time. I have to be dead tired before I am able to fall asleep, often times not getting to sleep until after 4 or 5 am. And even on days when I get less than 4 hours of sleep the night before, I still have a hard time finding a way to fall asleep earlier the next night. So, needless to say, I stay tired.
But last month, I was doing some training for a new job that I started and had to be rushed to the emergency room because I became dizzy and I felt like I was going to pass out. The doctor told me that I was dehydrated and that I needed to drink more water, and cut out the caffeine for a while. Which sucks, cause I generally must have caffeine to keep me going because, you know, I don't hardly sleep. Also around this time, I noticed that my right tonsil had become inflamed, so I went to my allergy doctor and he told me that I had a sinus infection, and that was what was causing my headaches and my dizziness.
SO... I drank plenty of water and gatorade, took my anti-biotics, and those things are getting much better.
But I need to know why I am having such problems when I finally am able to fall asleep. It feels like I am going to die right before I am forced to open my eyes.
any advice would be greatly appreciated.