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The connection between sleep and vertigo

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Dizziness, spinning, and falling down are symptoms of a condition called vertigo. If you suffer from these symptoms, you might be concerned that vertigo can hamper your sleep. In fact, the two have more in common than you may have realized.

Mayo Clinic states that benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is the most common cause of vertigo, causing brief dizzy spells triggered by a sudden movement of the head, such as when you sit down or turn your head.

If you experience dizziness when you lie down, your vertigo could cause problems when going to sleep or on waking. The following precautions may help:

  • Set a bedtime routine that allows your mind and body to reach a restful state before your head hits the pillow.
  • Limit caffeine and alcohol for eight hours before bedtime. Shut down electronic devices when you go to bed.
  • Take a warm bath or shower to help you relax.
  • Consider using essential oils including lavender on your pillow or in a humidifier.

Also, create a set bedtime and wake-up time to prepare your body to naturally wake up rested every day, so you’ll be less likely to experience an episode of vertigo.

Obstructive sleep apnea may be connected to vertigo. A disorder in which the throat closes and the airways are blocked when sleeping, obstructive sleep apnea causes the sufferer to stop breathing during sleep.

According to a study by the University of Palermo in Italy individuals with sleep apnea are more likely to suffer from vertigo because fatigue due to chronic sleep loss exacerbates the symptoms of vertigo. Sufferers are overly sensitive to light and sound, which is related to the inner ear.

Since fatigue can lead to vertigo, it’s important to get a good night’s sleep each night. By following these sleep tips you can help combat the onset of dizziness, and your vertigo will be in check throughout the day, thanks to improving your sleep routine.

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