Numerous research studies have shown that a lack
of quality sleep can potentially cause dizziness. This
link has been
strongly shown in individuals with fibromyalgia
and chronic fatigue
syndrome, as a large percentage of people suffering from
conditions often report feeling incredibly dizzy from time to
determining factor in dizziness can also be dehydration, and
people with sleep apnea are forced to sleep with their mouth wide open
which causes them to wake up with a dry mouth and a feeling of
dehydration. This, along with the fact that fatigue often leads to
dizziness, is one of the common reasons that people with sleep apnea
often wake up with a dizzy feeling.
just because you wake up with a dry mouth and a feeling of
dizziness, this doesn’t
necessarily mean that you have sleep apnea, and
only a sleep specialist or an ear, nose, and throat doctor will be able
to properly diagnose whether or not you suffer from sleep
do not snore, and your partner has never noticed that you stop
breathing for short periods while sleeping, then the odds are fairly
good that you do not have sleep apnea. Nonetheless, your sleeping
patterns could still be at fault for your dizziness.
Sleeping Habits and Dizziness
stated previously, a lack of quality sleep can lead to fatigue,
which is a major contributing factor in most feelings of dizziness.
This means that your poor sleeping habits could be at fault for these
you have frequent feelings of dizziness and
constantly feel tired, you may want to consider adjusting your sleep
hygiene to see if this helps.
should try to stay away from any large
meals, caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol for several hours before bed,
all of which can severely degrade your quality of sleep.
you may want to remove
the TV or computer from your bedroom if you have
one, as viewing any sort of electronics before going to bed can
interfere with your normal sleeping patterns.
final step that may
help is to avoid taking
any naps, and try to develop as natural of a
sleeping schedule as possible, meaning going to bed as soon as you are
tired and not waking up until your body tells you it’s ready. All of
these factors will result in a better quality of sleep, which should
reduce your feelings of fatigue, and in turn help combat those frequent
Apnea and Vertigo
research has attempted to
determine whether there is a link between sleep apnea and vertigo.
Benign positional vertigo or BPV is an inner ear condition
cause a person to feel extremely dizzy following a sudden head
movement, either side to side or up and down.
only lasts for a few seconds or a minute or two, but many people
experience residual symptoms of vertigo for weeks or even months
following an episode. These residual effects can include nausea,
headaches, and imbalance.
Typically, doctors have
associated benign positional vertigo with several specific causes,
including ear or other infections, head trauma, or stress. However,
quite often there does not seem to be any significant event which
causes the episode of vertigo. In these cases, some doctors are
starting to speculate that sleep
apnea and vertigo could be closely related.
reason for this is because any form of
sleep deprivation, whether due to sleep apnea, insomnia, or some other
sleeping disorder, can lead
to a heightened nervous system and
inner ear sensors, and it is these inner ear sensors
that are responsible for feelings of dizziness.
the inner ear sensors are hyperactive, they will often
movement, causing a dizzy feeling. Stress also results in
hyperactive sensors, which is why it is also closely connected to
vertigo. All of this evidence has lead many doctors to speculate that
there could be a direct
link between sleeping disorders including sleep
apnea and vertigo.
Treatment of Sleep Apnea Reduce Dizziness?
there has yet to be much
research done in this area, it is still
unclear whether or not treating sleep apnea can reduce dizziness or
eliminate bouts of vertigo. However, there is still a strong link
between sleep apnea and feelings of fatigue, as well as a link between
fatigue and dizziness.
one can safely assume that treating
sleep apnea should have
at least some effect on reducing the causes of
dizziness and vertigo, including fatigue and sleep
if you feel that you possibly have sleep apnea, it is important to
visit a sleep
clinic to undergo a sleep study to determine if you are
in fact suffering from this condition. If so, then there are various
treatment options available to you, depending on the
severity of your
apnea treatments, including oral
appliances and CPAP will allow you to receive higher quality sleep,
which should reduce the other factors that are responsible for your
feelings of dizziness.
even if your doctor determines that you do not have sleep apnea,
it is still important to consider
your sleeping patterns and quality of
sleep as a contributing factor to your dizziness.
better sleep might not eliminate dizziness in all people, it should at
least help, and even if not, it will still improve your overall health.
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