It is estimated that more than 40% of those aged 40 or older will experience the symptoms of vertigo at least once in their lifetimes. Characterised by symptoms such as dizziness, headaches, nausea, and abnormal eye movements, sleeping can prove to be a very real challenge. This is because many of the situations mentioned above tend to occur when laying down. We have put together a handful of tips and tricks if you have been looking to enjoy a sound night of sleep while dealing with vertigo.
Pillows and Sleeping Positions
A considerable percentage of vertigo cases result from tiny crystals within the inner ear which have grown to the point where they can affect the nerves related to balance. Unfortunately, this scenario is often exacerbated while in a horizontal position. Therefore, it is a good idea to keep your head slightly elevated during the wee hours. Wedge-shaped pillows and even those intended to be used for travel may be able to provide your head and neck with more support than traditional options.
The second main concern involves what sleeping positions are best if you hope to avoid feeling dizzy and sick. Many experts recommend that you try and sleep on your back, as the crystals within your ear canals are less likely to become disturbed and trigger a vertigo attack. If you happen to get up in the middle of the night, rise slowly as opposed to making any sudden movements with the head or the neck. Sudden jolts or movements can lead to symptoms of vertigo.
Another potentially useful technique that can be performed immediately before falling asleep involves performing a handful of head movements which are intended to redistribute the crystals found within your inner ear. Known as “canalith repositioning manoeuvres“, specific motions such as turning your head from one side to the other while lying on your back have been proven to produce viable results. However, this is also under the assumption that you are suffering from a form of vertigo known as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BBPV). Assuming that you have been professionally diagnosed with this type of vertigo, the BBPV treatment techniques mentioned above could prove to be very useful.
However, there are many causes of vertigo and dizziness and it is a good idea to consult with our trained specialist in order to best treat your symptoms.
If you are curious to learn more about how chiropractic treatments may be able to help, feel free to contact us at Neuroworks Chiropractic.