I am a 35-year-old female and I don’t usually suffer from insomnia, but as of the last three nights, it has started to happen. My menstrual cycle was just starting and then I had a stomach reaction, resulting in serious fluid loss and a very high heart rate. I had Pediolyte to get my electrolytes back on track, and in 24 hours my heart rate went back to normal. Thankfully during this time, there were no other serious signs such as fainting, chest pain or shortness of breath/difficulty breathing. I use my FitBit as a sleep log, and it showed that the following night I had 6 hours 20 minutes of sleep. I kept feeling cold and shivering in my room, so I changed the bed sheets and AC temperature. Then last night, the heart palpitations began a third time in the middle of the night, and again I am awake for 40 minutes and getting checked by my Dad. It was 3 AM. I only then got 5 more hours of sleep. Is this truly a sudden start of insomnia, or is my menstrual cycle the cause? I am getting worried about this and would like to hear what to do about it. If anyone has any questions about a possible cause, I will answer.
If you are experiencing heart palpitations or any heart-related discomfort, you should speak with your doctor. Typically, insomnia is only considered to be a chronic problem when you have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or getting restorative sleep for at least three months.