Electric/Energy surge to brain when trying to fall asleep.

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Hi guys, I'm new to the site but glad I found somewhere to share my symptoms.

I'm getting a sort of electrical shock when trying to fall asleep. This electrical shock seems to be described on other sites as 'jumps' or 'zaps' or 'surges of energy'. It happens not when I'm sleeping but the moment I am about to fall asleep. Its like a sort of butterflies feeling in the stomach and then a rush/surge of energy to the brain which gives you a 'jump' and electrical feeling in the head and sometimes upper body. The more extreme they are sometimes produce a twitch in maybe the arm or leg. Its not painful but I guess is quite scary when it happens. These can happen numerous times a night.

Many friends/family I have spoken to say this is normal and they are familiar with the symptoms (I understand what they mean as it can be quite similar to when you suddenly wake from a bad dream) but mine seem to be a lot more often and extreme. I know my symptoms don't seem to be normal.

I've been having these for about 5-6 weeks now (some nights are worse than others) but generally its been more or less every night. This has turned into a vicious cycle because when you actually close your eyes at night to go to sleep you are actually waiting for the 'shock' to happen instead of trying to sleep. Obviously the less sleep you have, the less functional you are the next day and so on and so on. You then get sleep deprived which I believe also may trigger this.

The only other thing I can add to my symptoms is sometimes during the day I get a spaced out/empty/dizzy/cloudy feeling in the head (hard to explain). Sometimes this can turn into a sort of brain/head sensation where you feel you need to kind of 'shake it off'. Again, its hard to explain, something like if you have restless feet and you need to kick out of it but its in the head so you need to give yourself a shake to snap out of it.

I have read quite a bit about anxiety/stress and these symptoms may fall into this category but the issue I have with this, is that I have nothing to be anxious/stressful about! All is OK with job, money, house, relationship etc so I'm not sure how this all started. Could I be anxious about this illness? Again, a vicious cycle?

About me - I'm a fit and healthy 35 year old guy. I actually exercise quite a lot (go to gym/swim 4 times a week and have run numerous marathons over the past year). Although this fitness regime has stopped since I have started having these symptoms as I am feeling quite weak/tired due to not getting much sleep due to it. I have no major prior illnesses and I am not on any medication. I don't want to get in the habit of taking sleep medication.

I have been to the hospital and spent the night where they performed numerous blood tests/Heart ECG/X Rays/Urine and all came back OK. The only issue I had was slightly high blood pressure (but not high enough to be put on any medication). I have also been for an MRI scan and EEG epilepsy test. I will find the results with these in about 5 weeks time.

Anyway, that's my symptoms and hopefully someone might feel at ease that they are going through something similar.

Reading similar posts on the internet I don't think anyone has come to the conclusion on what in fact is causing these problems, even though a lot of the people actually been for tests and seen doctors. Has anyone experienced these issues?

Thanks guys, feel free to get in touch smile

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    Hi. I can't believe I have read this!! I have been suffering from exactly the same symptoms as you for more than two years now! Nobody has been able to give me any answers and there have been times I felt the medical professionals didn't believe me. I researched this again today as I had an incident in car a couple of days ago when I wasn't aware of my momentary actions so went back to docs and now going for more tests. I have had the mri and ecg but all ok. The only reason I have ever been given is anxiety but like you I don't feel anxious about anything. I do exercise regularly and my diet is good. I also smoke and have a family history of strokes. Just reading your blog has made me feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders and someone I can relate to.
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      just been reading about brain surges.  About  12 months ago I was walking into a supermarket when I felt a surge to the brain.  It lasted about 5-6 seconds, expirenced butterflys to stomach if i remember  rightly.  My intial reaction was it felt like a sudden surge  Once I found my girlfriend in the store I was chatting 2 minutes later, had no problems with smiling and was lifting items and putting them in shppping trolley/  Some may call it a sudden shock i suppose.  Havent had it since.  I may have had some anxeity at the time.  These days I work out on a Wondercore excersise machine which has helped my anxiety. After reading whats on here I better get it checked out.   I     
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      Hey everyone, I have went thru these exact symtoms plus like 100 more. Please please go get tested for lyme disease and all the co infections. Do not get the western blot test, its only accurate maybe 50 percent of the time. Go to a lyme specialist. I don't know where each of u live of course but in Houston tx is the one i went to. After a yr of symtoms I finally found answers. Please ask questions if u have any. I know how miserable and scary this symtom is. 9792482744 plz text so I know who u r and we can talk about it. Don't hesitate

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      Hello. I am from Bulgaria and I have severe insomnia from 4 years. Sometimes I have electric shocks just before falling asleep. Also I have some skin issues (dry skin, peeling of the skin). 

      ?I sleep with sleeping pills from 4 years and no body can give me any answers what is going on with me. 

      ?Doctors think that It is psychological issue. I have remembered that 7 years before onset of Insomnia I have had a Bull's eye rush ( it is the same rush like Lyme's disease rush) and It gone away on its own for 2 weeks. But I didn't developed neither Fever nor any other symptom except the rush. 

      ?Now I read your post and think about testing for Lyme disease. What tests should I do ? 

      ?I have done a lot of blood tests, MRI of Brain and so on except for Lyme disease. 

      ?King Regards

      Hristian Dimitrov

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      While I agree anxiety can cause odd symptoms, it insults me when a physician jumps to a mental health conclusion, as if I just fell into this body yesterday and have no credibility in describing my experience with this.  If I had anxiety, it would have shown up with a racing heart or elevated blood pressure spikes during the moments while the episodes were happening while I was in the hospital this last summer.  My heart DID NOT race nor did my blood pressure spike as a result of these episodes. My cardiac events seemed associated with, but clearly "not in response too" the shock sensations. When these events happens I don't panic, instead I go into observer mode, trying to figure out the point of origin, which is not easy since it happens suddenly and only when I am in that twilight space dozing off.  One doctor suggested I was dreaming! That really made me feel like slapping his smug, uninformed face.  My reply was, "Sure doctor, I have nothing better to do than come in here and get poked by needles, irradiated by your tests and obligate myself to years worth of debt, sure great fun". He was not amused, but neither was I. They flatter themselves with the thinking "if I can't find it, it must be in the patients head".  As if it isn't frustrating enough, we have to deal with this attitude from the physicians. Thankfully, not all are like this.

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      I’ve Have had this feeling now for 15-20 plus years... 62 now.  Always been healthy ... starts on my Lower left side sleeping or resting ... and grows and SHOOTs to my Chest / heart area, sometime mild, sometimes knocks me out of bed ...seem like it’s getting more  frequent ...I’ve had tests on heart and all healthy .. 3 years ago I had my first panic attack (weird)  on meds now ... I. Sometimes get them while awake or driving ( minor).  I think they are nerves and  anxiety ... I’ve always been hyper ... I’ve also have had ticks on me and went to hospital because of  symptoms that I have Lyme disease / it came back negative ... and also they started in my 40s. Before the Tick  episode .. I now can feel them build now on my left side and expolode to my chest .. some a little shakes other that almost blow me out of bed and gapping .. SO weird !  But 20 Years or So .. I’m still Alive and kicking. .. i just had another one tonight and finally decide to look on Line ... some nights or two in row night I may not have any.   Also on vacations Most night I won’t ... It’s Nice To Know I (we) Arnt Alone ... Thanks 
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      Thanks for sharing this. That's a long time. It's comforting to know that it hasn't gone into some serious neurological disease, which has always been a concern for me. Since it came out of no where I worried that it might get worse. Mine seem to be tapering off some. I took steroids for 14 days to knock back a major sinus infection, and within a day or so after starting the steroid WHOSH it's back full force. Connection? Who knows. I often feel I am chasing rabbits trying to figure out the cause, (it's this, no it's that, no it's somewhere else).  Maybe together all of us on this board can come up with some clues.

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      Hello I have been reading all the posts on this thread since I started with this over a year ago. Mine started out of the blue after a really stressful time in my life....the usual working far too hard, stressful relationship etc etc. I was basically mega stressed and then it started that every time I tried to sleep it would force me awake as soon as I passed from wakefulness to sleep. Then I started to fear it happening and it just got worse and worse. Now a year later it doesn’t happen. I went to see a therapist for CBT, took magnesium changed my diet to eat more healthily tried to cut sugar and alcohol as much as possible and tried to relax more. I also used distraction while falling asleep like watching TV or reading my phone which I know are not healthy habits but they allowed me to sleep without it happening. I also allowed it to happen and kind of went with it to lessen the fear aspect. I also suffered palpitations with it. At one point I would get them as soon as I even lay down to sleep even though I didn’t feel nervous. Anyway  I do believe for me it was anxiety and bad diet/lifestyle that caused it. It could have been a vitamin deficiency eg magnesium but I am not sure. Anyway I hope this helps someone. Sleep zap girl and everyone else you are not alone. I still think of it every night before bed because it really scared me. Take care. 
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      Hello I have been reading all the posts on this thread since I started with this over a year ago. Mine started out of the blue after a really stressful time in my life....the usual working far too hard, stressful relationship etc etc. I was basically mega stressed and then it started that every time I tried to sleep it would force me awake as soon as I passed from wakefulness to sleep. Then I started to fear it happening and it just got worse and worse. Now a year later it doesn’t happen. I went to see a therapist for CBT, took magnesium changed my diet to eat more healthily tried to cut sugar and alcohol as much as possible and tried to relax more. I also used distraction while falling asleep like watching TV or reading my phone which I know are not healthy habits but they allowed me to sleep without it happening. I also allowed it to happen and kind of went with it to lessen the fear aspect. I also suffered palpitations with it. At one point I would get them as soon as I even lay down to sleep even though I didn’t feel nervous. Anyway  I do believe for me it was anxiety and bad diet/lifestyle that caused it. It could have been a vitamin deficiency eg magnesium but I am not sure. Anyway I hope this helps someone. Sleep zap girl and everyone else you are not alone. I still think of it every night before bed because it really scared me. Take care. 
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      Hi,

      I wanted to respond to some of the posts I have been reading.  I started getting these out of the blue about 7 months ago, just as I fall asleep.  I am going to do as the gentleman mentioned and get checked for Lyme disease.  There is no other explanation.  I take 600mg mag. every night and started tryptophan before bed as well and still happens.  BUT, if I keep my ipad laying next to me in bed and put a show on, the flickering of the tv lights seems to keep the zaps from coming.  I have never had one during the day.. only just upon falling alseep and once I have fallen asleep I never get one.  If I nap during the day, I don't get one.  Only at night, in the dark.  I so badly want to know what is going on!  I am scared to go to sleep at night.

       

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      hello i suffer from of balance felling all the time brain fog bogged ears heavy head fatigue and them brain zaps what is this the list alao goes on

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      what was the result of the test? I get the brain zap ONLY if I go to sleep on the left side of my body. I usually sleep on my right side as this is what is most comfortable for me. However, whenever I try my left i get the brain zap just like everyone describes when I am on the verge of being asleep. Just in between states I get the sudden "zzzzztt" in my head that jolts me awake. I find it kind of interesting and if I want to make it happen I will just go to sleep on my left. Its been happening for about a year now. At first I thought it was aliens until I made the connection that it only happens when I lay on my left. I know something causes it. Wish someone whould make the connection as to what it is.

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      Any luck figuring this out I have been having these issues off and on for 2 years. Sometimes the shock in chest sensations sometimes my legs. All keep me from sleeping the weird thing is that i have been under more stress in the past 2 years and it has not happend. Dose not seem to be stress related or anxiety.

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      no, 63 now , over weight, 30 lbs .. all Avg in All Aspects... Business owner, high stress never had anxiety until five years ago...30 years of Zaps now ... sometimes ill have 5-7 each night and sometimes Zero ... i vacation alot.. seems it Happend Less .. i think Mine is Stress related .. mine happen almost Every Night or More than Not ... good luck

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