Do you get dizzy when you lie down?
Dizziness can be caused by several things; a sudden drop in blood pressure, ear infections, low blood sugar, anxiety or when you lie down. In the case of dizziness or vertigo, when you lie down this is called Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) and is one of the most common causes of vertigo-the sudden sensation that you're spinning. BPPV is usually triggered by specific changes in your head position causing brief episodes of mild to intense dizziness. Although this is bothersome, it is rarely serious except when it increases the chance for falls. The signs of BPPV may include dizziness, a spinning sensation, nausea, vomiting, or loss of balance. This is caused by a tiny organ inside the ear that holds the semicircular canals that contain fluid and fine, hair-like sensors that monitor movements of your head- rotation, up and down. Another organ, the utricle- attached to the semicircular canals contain otoliths-crystals that make you sensitive to gravity. For a variety of reasons, these crystals can become dislodged and travel into the semicircular canals-especially while you're lying down. This causes the tiny hair-like structures to become sensitive to head positions it normally would not respond to, which results in your dizziness. To correct this Epley's maneuver is something your doctor can teach you to do at home with supervision. The picture above shows the positions. To learn this maneuver call Dr. Holtfrerich now!
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