A common issue that lands people in the medical office are that of dizziness. Not to be confused with feeling lightheaded, dizziness feels like you are on a fun park merry go round. People can experience dizziness when lying down and it will feel like the whole room is turning around them. Medically dizziness is called vertigo. For those with dizziness when lying down there is a simple, easy and effective solution.
One of the most frequent causes of dizziness when lying down is called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo also known as BPPV. This type of dizziness is specifically triggered by movements or positions of the head. Lying down is a typical trigger. Other common triggers can include rolling over in bed, looking upwards and bending over. There are many different causes of vertigo and the cause of this one is benign, meaning that there is not an underlying life threatening process going on. But you can still injure yourself during a dizziness attack. And while it is not life threatening, many people find it annoying, debilitating and scary to have dizziness when lying down.
The medical approach to non-life threatening conditions such as dizziness when lying down caused by BPPV is very noncaring. People are usually sent on their way told ‘it’s nothing to worry about’ or just given a drug prescription. Taking drugs for this condition is not the answer. All the drugs do is desensitize your nervous system so feelings of dizziness and nausea are felt less. This approach just addresses the symptoms and not the root cause of the problem. If you stopped taking your drugs you would still feel dizzy.
The good news is that for those who have dizziness when lying down because of benign positional vertigo there is an effective drug-free treatment. Medical science knows what causes this type of vertigo. In the inner ear are our balance organs. These are fluid filled canals with tiny balance receptor. With the movement of the head, the receptors are activated and they communicate this movement to the brain so we have an awareness of our movement. With BPPV there are some loose tiny particles in the fluid that disrupt the balance receptors and make them send incorrect signals to the brain. This happens with the certain head position which is why dizziness when lying down is experienced.
Thirty years ago a technique was discovered to help cure dizziness when lying down. This was found by a medical specialist and since then has been supported extensively by research. For unknown reasons many doctors are still unaware of it or do not know how to perform it correctly. Maybe because it isn’t medication or drugs they feel uncomfortable about it. Anyways, most people after the technique report feeling better within a day. It is definitely worth a try, all you have to lose is your dizziness!