Is it possible that you are waking up with a bad dream? Or maybe in a panic attack? Many people wake up with a rush of adrenaline and cortisol when they are overwhelmed with anxiety, but I would agree with Kitt that it wouldn't hurt to get it checked out with your dr. just to be sure.
The fact that your heartrate dropped after you got your mind off of it is good, so in the meantime, concentrate on breathing and relaxation exercises when it feels like it is racing or pounding:)
Take care and let us know how you are doing soon,
"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"
"It is when we are most lost that we sometimes find our truest friends"
Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT
Post Edited (Scaredy Cat) : 1/2/2012 10:56:42 PM (GMT-7)