Most heart attacks occur in the day, generally between 6 A.M. and noon. Having one during the night, when the heart should be most at rest, means that
something unusual happened.
While this is an uneasy topic for me, I like this part
I found my papaw dead in the living room after having a massive heart attack about two months ago now (around the time frame you stated, OP... in the
morning), and it hit me pretty hard.
The medics were able to bring him back after about fifteen minutes, then he died again. Then, they brought him back again. He died twice that day...
it wasn't the first time he's died, either. The man is a beast.
After about a week-long coma, he woke up, heavily medicated, and a week after, they weaned him off the meds. Within the month, he was home again, up
and about like nothing even happened. His situation was nothing short of a miracle... aside from being a little weak, and having a few broken ribs
from the CPR.
The following two months or so, I would not allow myself to sleep. I was having heart attack dreams, waking up with my heart racing, and I was afraid
to sleep. The most I got was around five hours, and that was on a good night.
Papaw had his heart attack on the very spot of the couch where he usually fell asleep every day.
If his eyes hadn't been open, and if gas wasn't escaping his mouth resulting in him making strange noises, no one would have noticed. He would have
been lying dead on the couch for hours.
I had the notion that If I fall asleep, I'll die too.
It was completely irrational, and it went away after a while, but for a while, I was
jittery and scared. I drank about five Monsters a day (the energy drink, Monster). And, when I couldn't afford the Monster, I'd drink coffee.
Anything to stay awake. I was honestly convinced that I would die in my sleep, just like papaw, if I allowed myself to sleep too long.
Sorry to spill my guts here... but I've recently undergone a health transformation, including low carbing, working out, tai chi, and meditation, and
seeing so many health problems and substance dependencies in my family, I am damn determined to avoid the problems that they face.
I like this thread. S&F