I have been having the same exact thing for the past week or so. I went to the ER yesterday and they kept me over night for observation..but NOTHING. At first I thought it was aliens until I made the connection that it only happens when I lay on my left. It occurs as a result of injury or inflammation of the occipital nerves which connect I tried to explain to them what I am feeling, but the dr. just kept cutting me off and telling me about GERD and heartburn....I tried to explain that there is no real "pain" from this...more like an electrical sensation of some kind...or an nerve or something. I actually exercise quite a lot (go to gym/swim 4 times a week and have run numerous marathons over the past year). Don't hesitate. 292 users are following. Right as I'm about to drift off to sleep it feels as if I'm overcome by this feeling that I'm about to black out/die and my body sends this extreme distress signal to wake me up. 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. It's a real disorder, but it's … Hi, it is actually an anxiety symptom. Hi , I have very very odd sensations a lot of he time but particularly when falling asleep or waking up. Patient aims to help the world proactively manage its healthcare, supplying evidence-based information on a wide range of medical and health topics to patients and health professionals. Join the conversation! Sometimes when I'm about to fall asleep I experience something that can feels like what I would imagine an electric shock straight into my brain to feel like. Oh and another thing they seem to be combined with an increased level tinnitus in my left ear. I feel like it's keeping me from falling asleep. Its been happening for about a year now. I've sort of noticed a pattern lately. 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. The more extreme they are sometimes produce a twitch in maybe the arm or leg. I've been having these weird electric/shock sensations occur right when I'm about to fall asleep. ?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. Obviously the less sleep you have, the less functional you are the next day and so on and so on. I wanted to respond to some of the posts I have been reading. In my heart i feel its stress and anxiety related, Okay I'm only 15 but I am trying to find why I get this Shock or Tasering feeling In mainly my sides, I can barley find what the cause is. I seem to go through phases of getting them, i haven't had any for a while thankgoodness. Every once in a while while I'm trying to fall asleep I will almost be asleep and I will get a wierd electric shock feeling in my head. What tests should I do ? Shock through body when falling asleep tantrum9 When I lay down at night I sometimes get a shock feeling that seems to run from my heart out to my arms and legs and seems to stop at my wrists and ankles. 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". That's a long time. We want the forums to be a useful resource for our users but it is important to remember that the forums are Who knows. Thanks for sharing this. They did go away for a little while and then came back. any natural remedies that work for difficulty falling asleep? My cardiac events seemed associated with, but clearly "not in response too" the shock sensations. If I nap during the day, I don't get one. 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. Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Jimz, 8 Aug 2012. Really good to hear I am not alone. However, whenever I try my left i get the brain zap just like everyone describes when I am on the verge of being asleep. Occipital Neuralgia The electric shock feeling can be due to occipital neuralgia. Seizures are the result of over-excitement in a small isolated group of neurons. I know how miserable and scary this symtom is. Electric/shock sensation while falling asleep? All of a sudden got a massive shock through my body as described in this forum. Exploding head syndrome (EHS) is an abnormal sensory perception during sleep in which a person experiences unreal noises that are loud and of short duration when falling asleep or waking up. Ok so I am 16 and I have severe anxiety and ocd. I just want it to stop... yep ! Hello. 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, hello i have all the symptoms to just got out the doctors ive had blood test for lym disesse. That really made me feel like slapping his smug, uninformed face. Scared the poo out of me but was well and truely wide awake like i had slept. Dropping sensation as falling asleep (no associated movement). 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 zaps come on just before I sleep maybe 4 to 5 times. ", I am a 49 year old female. Periodically (perhaps twice or three times a year) I will experience a bizarre phenomenon while falling asleep. 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. Could be myclonic jerks. 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. I hope I'm Wish someone whould make the connection as to what it is. All is OK with job, money, house, relationship etc so I'm not sure how this all started. I am going to have another talk to my Doc and see what she thinks, but wondering now if it's stress related to work and C19?? About me - I'm a fit and healthy 35 year old guy. Right now, I also get an electric shock feeling running through my chest and stomach when I officially fall asleep. © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. Other common names for brain zaps include: brain shivers, electrical shocks, and brain shocks. I don't know what to do. I also have random twitches when I am awake. Sleep Apnea & CPAP: Can't Keep Mouth Closed. Falling asleep is a gradual process “Falling asleep is not a matter of turning a button on or off,” explains neuroscientist Ysbrand van der Werf, who works at the Sleep and Cognition Group of the Dutch Institute for Neuroscience (VUmc). They'll eventually go away, even if it means a few nights of crappy sleep. Others describe the feeling as being zapped, buzzed, shocked, jolted, or had a sudden "brain, head… I am sooo frustrated that I cried almost all day today because I feel like they are not listening to me. Registered number: 10004395 Registered office: Fulford Grange, Micklefield Lane, Rawdon, Leeds, LS19 6BA. The jerks feel like a jolt or an electric shock, Paterson says. They aren’t anything to worry about (other than making it hard to sleep). I'm getting a sort of electrical shock when trying to fall asleep. Re: Electric/shock sensation while falling asleep? over Busy, stressed, nurvous type, male ??? People often describe them as feeling electrical current uncontrollably zapping their brains, which can be extremely frightening and uncomfortable. I usually sleep on my right side as this is what is most comfortable for me. Connection? Are you doing anything different that has helped ease the "zaps? Trying to read other posts to see if pattern as well. Has anyone experienced these issues? Pulsating feeling in head How To Stop Electric Shock Feeling In The Head While Falling Asleep by Gerarduq(m): 8:16am On Dec 15, 2020 My brain zaps story. “I’ve heard people talk about getting a falling sensation when they drop off to sleep,” she says. Thanks. Use of the forums is subject to our Terms of Use 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! Doctors have just put it down to stress! Go to a lyme specialist. 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. Acetazolamide, sold under the trade name Diamox among others, is a medication used to treat glaucoma, epilepsy, altitude sickness, periodic paralysis, idiopathic intracranial hypertension (raised brain pressure of unclear cause), and heart failure. Paranoia (mainly when I try to fall asleep) I think I hear things in my room and voices and I get extremely scared So scared One doctor suggested I was dreaming! I don't get these as often anymore but, they seem to occur more if I've eaten shortly before going to bed, or having soda close to bedtime. Then it feels like some one puts those paddles on me that they use to restart your heart n shock me. Just in between states I get the sudden "zzzzztt" in my head that jolts me awake. You then get sleep deprived which I believe also may trigger this. There was a problem adding your email on my left most of time Too ... Weird .. i Really don't mind them... its when im really Relaxed and Just Starting to doze off .. other Times its that Building in my lower left stomach .. sometimes i Think its getting Worse ... but Lately ive Not Have as Many ... how old are You ? Also I have some skin issues (dry skin, peeling of the skin). I would get them while sat down relaxing or in the morning but now I just get them before I sleep. It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. These are called hypnagogic shocks, and they are related to hypnic jerks. The feeling I get is either a falling sensation (not the kind you dream of falling off a cliff or tripping over something then waking up), a "shock" to my brain or like my brain is preventing me from sleeping on purpose. I used to twitch violently right when i officially fell asleep. First time it happened I thought something had happened in my room and was a little scared. Like my fingers, back, lower back, head, toes and legs would twitch very randomly although this doesn't happen as much anymore. Sometimes this can turn into a sort of brain/head sensation where you feel you need to kind of 'shake it off'. It's really affecting my quality of life. Right now, I also get an electric shock feeling running through my chest and stomach when I officially fall asleep. The electric shock feeling is one of the least-understood of all menopause symptoms - not only by the average person, but even by many experts. All rights reserved. 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. I do get it more when on my left side. Exploding head syndrome (EHS) is a disorder characterized by the perception of loud noises (e.g. I used to get the electric shocks in my brain that would wake me up, but they've seemed to migrate towards my stomach now. As i was driving i needed to stay awake so i was willing myself self to stay awake and actually asked my brain to stay awake (yes a little crazy). Super intense feeling waking me up as soon as I fall asleep, and recently at random times throughout the night. a bomb explosion, gunshot or cymbal crash) when going to sleep or awakening. When they first appeared they freaked me out because they were very strong to begin with. I feel like my whole body has stopped, my heart, my breathing everything. After a yr of symtoms I finally found answers. every night and started tryptophan before bed as well and still happens. I have also been for an MRI scan and EEG epilepsy test. You feel like your body (or any part of) has just been jolted or electrified. Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. I get the brain zap ONLY if I go to sleep on the left side of my body. I have to take xanax to sleep but I don't want to anymore. However the noise attacks can elicit a great deal of fear, confusion and distress in sufferers. It feels almost as if an electric shock is coursing through my body, accompanied with an audible static sound and a visual flash. appropriate medical assistance immediately. Given that encouraging its unparelled conceiving, chang but when i did, sometimes it would be one a night, others, maybe as many as ten in a row! [2] [4] The noise may be frightening, typically occurs only occasionally, and is not a serious health concern. Apr 18, 2013 [QUOTE=close;5103213]I was surprised to see how many people have been experiencing the same thing, tho my experience is a little different, I don't really feel it in my chest or stomach like all of you its in my brain, and I see a a very dim flash. I hear a sudden sound and feel a shock but then am completely fine This happens to many people who are otherwise healthy, and Hey everyone, I have went thru these exact symtoms plus like 100 more. I had done a 12 hour road trip to return home then went to do my night shift then on the way home was falling asleep.... was very tired. I am really starting to freak out. Hang In There ... also probably Coffee , Diet.... if you Find a cure For Anxiety in Day and Age please let me Know ... lol. I have no major prior illnesses and I am not on any medication. It happens not when I'm sleeping but the moment I am about to fall asleep. If you don't do any of these then just remember to relax. I don't know where each of u live of course but in Houston tx is the one i went to. 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 can feel a shock in my head with a white flash in my eyes. I am now scared of falling asleep. Patient is a UK registered trade mark. Last night I felt this feeling again, it has always been in my sides, Its kinda painful to me and kinda scary, I kinda wake up but I can't move or talk, Since i've gotten older I try to Ignore the seconds it happen. A hypnagogic jerk, also called a hypnic jerk, is a sudden movement your body makes as you’re about to fall asleep. Or have you been to a Dr and had it treated? I wake up with a gasp! what could cause electric shock feeling in the head? Again, a vicious cycle? These sound the same as what I get! Have any of you gotten rid of this? Are you still having these and did you ever figure out what was causing them? Mine also have been diagnosed as myclonic jerks. Do not copy or redistribute in any form! Our clinical information is certified to meet NHS England's Information Standard.Read more. oh my, your To Young To Go though This ... have your Parents Take you To see a doctor ... it may Be something Medical .. not Saying Its Not stress .. but You need to Talk to Your Parents .. good luck .. report Back .. Go to your ophthalmologist, ask then to prescribe a medication called. Patient does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As you ave all posted, they are VERY frightening. Brain zaps are commonly reported electrical shock sensations that are often experienced during discontinuation of antidepressant medications. I just notice this post. As if it isn't frustrating enough, we have to deal with this attitude from the physicians. Understanding Electric Shocks during Menopause Electric shock sensations may be on the rarer side of the spectrum of menopausal symptoms, but sufferers of the … After struggling with chronic stress and depression, and my struggle with withdrawal symptoms from antidepressants, my head became one huge box of electrical conduction wiring. Brain zaps get their name from the uncomfortable sensations they cause that are described as feeling like sudden zaps, electrical buzzes, tremors, shakes or jolts in the brain. what was the result of the test? LIke a shocking or pulse feeling that radiates from your chest??? 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. Never during the day. Cellphone feel. All rights reserved. Started a few months ago. Edited I so badly want to know what is going on! Mine seem to be tapering off some. Try again. I have these exact same electric sensations when I am about to fall asleep. Anybody take Tylenol PM to help sleep? 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). I get this electrical shock feeling in my head. respect of any healthcare matters. Electric Shock Sensation in Head: Causes and Treatments 1. I don't want to be addicted to it. Sometimes they shoot up my chest, other times they shoot down my body. Sometimes the shock in chest sensations sometimes my legs. Could I be anxious about this illness? I also took anti inflammation tablets which seem to help. not moderated or reviewed by doctors and so you should not rely on opinions or advice given by other users in He was not amused, but neither was I. Like you, I am terrified to go back to sleep when these happen because I fear I might not wake up. I am slightly overweight. Like my fingers, back, lower back, head, toes and legs would twitch I then get a massive adrenaline rush through my body. The way i would describe it is just as i'm going to sleep, just at the point where i would say i'm going from conscious to semi concious. I am from Bulgaria and I have severe insomnia from 4 years. Always speak to your doctor before acting and in cases of emergency seek 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. © Patient Platform Limited. Descriptions of the electric shock feeling anxiety symptoms include: You feel as if you’ve been jolted by an electric shock. Dr. Warren Wolfe answered 57 years experience Family Medicine Neuritis: You could have what is commonly called "a pinched nerve" in your neck. ?I have done a lot of blood tests, MRI of Brain and so on except for Lyme disease. 34 minutes ago, It also may feel like a sharp and quick tremor or vibration. Does this happen to you just as you are falling asleep??? Please please go get tested for lyme disease and all the co infections. I am going to do as the gentleman mentioned and get checked for Lyme disease. This started happening to me and I was a bit freaked out, but I have since found out that it happens to many people of … I am not a doctor, however this worked for me. My heart DID NOT race nor did my blood pressure spike as a result of these episodes. This electrical shock seems to be described on other sites as 'jumps' or 'zaps' or 'surges of energy'. I hear … It usually feels strongest right below my breastbone or where my diaphragm is. Was wondering if that might cause the sensation in some people. They did seem to come on after I started a new upper body exercise routine-light yoga and light weight training so I stopped, thinking maybe I had some kind of trapped nerve. There is no other explanation. Only at night, in the dark. Same problems here. 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