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SLEEP AND ITS EFFECT ON VERTIGO

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SLEEP AND ITS EFFECT ON VERTIGO

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Sleeping in an incorrect position or not getting enough sleep during the night can make vertigo attacks more frequent and pronounced. Moreover, rolling over in bed and getting in and out of bed might also trigger an episode of some cases of vertigo.1,2

·        Try lifting your head gradually when you wake up and give yourself sometime to sit on the side of the bed before standing up.1

·        Try to get enough sleep by avoiding eating spicy food, as these might disrupt your digestive system; caffeine also might give you hard time to sleep.2

·        Stay away from the light from television or mobile phones as they delays you from falling and staying asleep.2

·        Avoid sleeping on your “bad ear”, you’ll feel that lying on one side can make your vertigo worse.2

·        Try to lift your head up by sleeping on two or more pillows this helps in preventing fluid pressure from building up and avoids accumulation of inner ear debris.2

To sum up, there is a strong associations between sleep quality and some forms of dizziness. There is not one-size solution for everyone. Try the positions that are right for you and these would be your best sleeping positions.3

References:

1.       Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV): Symptoms, Causes, & Treatment. WebMed. 2019. Available at  https://www.webmd.com/brain/benign-paroxysmal-positional-vertigo?print=true Last accessed: 28/6/2019

2.       How To Deal With Vertigo At Night While Sleeping. Sleep advisor. 2019 Available at https://www.sleepadvisor.org/sleep-with-vertigo/ Last accessed: 24/6/2019

3.       Kim, SK. Relationship between sleep quality and dizziness. PLoS ONE 2018; 13 (3) Available at https://www.sleepadvisor.org/sleep-with-vertigo/ Last accessed: 28/6/2019