I KEEP BE­ING JERKED AWAKE BY A POUND­ING HEART AT NIGHT. WHAT’S GO­ING ON?

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AN­SWER As­sum­ing you’re not post­coital and lov­ing life, fig­ur­ing out what’s got your heart all a-flut­ter is a process of elim­i­na­tion. “A pound­ing heart at night can be down to a num­ber of things, from stress and anx­i­ety to a food in­tol­er­ance or even too much caf­feine be­fore bed,” says se­nior car­diac nurse Christo­pher Allen. Or med­i­ca­tion could be to blame, so let your doc­tor know and they might change your pre­scrip­tion. If you of­ten skip meals or take meds to con­trol your blood sugar, your glu­cose lev­els drop­ping too low can make your heart pound. Ruled out all of the above? An over­ac­tive thy­roid can cause ir­reg­u­lar heart rate, as can some heart con­di­tions. “Heart pal­pi­ta­tions are usu­ally quite in­nocu­ous in peo­ple who are oth­er­wise fit and healthy,” adds Allen. “But it’s best to get checked out by your GP.”

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