Brain zaps/adrenaline rushes while trying to fall asleep

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i started having these brain zaps/adrenaline rushes while drifting off to sleep about Three months ago. It started around the same time as suddenly quit breast-feeding my son because my milk production was very low. Every time I am drifting into sleep I am jolted awake by a sudden zap in my chest, and brain, followed by an adrenaline rush to my whole body. It keeps me from falling asleep for about 3 to 4 hours, then I will eventually fall asleep, but not a three months ago. It started around the same time I suddenly quit breast-feeding my son because my milk production was very low. Every time I am drifting into sleep I am jolted awake by a sudden zap in my chest, and brain, followed by an adrenaline rush to my whole body. It keeps me from falling asleep for about 3 to 4 hours, then I will eventually fall asleep, but not a deep sleep. This happens when I try to nap in the daytime as well. I am wondering if it is hormonal due to starting after I quit breast-feeding, because hormones get completely out of whack after you quit breast-feeding. The only other time I have had this happen was six years ago when I with Drew from antidepressants. But I have not been on any since. Has anyone else experienced these, and found a solution ?

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    Hi. This is a difficult one, but what was interesting was you mentioned you took antidepressants many years ago & when you went through withdrawal you got the zaps. Although you haven't been on these meds for a long time sometimes the side effects of these meds can come back even many years later. I'm not saying these are the cause but possibly. However, are you sleep deprived? due to having a baby, as sleep deprivation can cause strange things to happen. Are you under any stress or suffering anxiety? These to can cause odd things to happen to us when falling asleep. My advice is that although these 'zaps' are causing you distress they are harmless but if they continue i would advise you to see a doctor but my guess is, in time they will pass. Being sleep deprived & stress & anxiety can do some very odd things to our bodies.

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    there is really no answer to most sleep problems , we are all different and what is one persons cure is another persons poison .

    i see the best way is no drugs plenty of exercise good diet and each person have different requirements for sleep . i am 74 and never needed much sleep also rarely tired .

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