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Morning Dizziness

Morning Dizziness
If you are waking up in the morning and regularly experiencing spinning in your head and lack of balance, then you're suffering from a condition known as morning dizziness. This is something that you need to get diagnosed immediately.
Rahul Thadani
Last Updated: Jan 24, 2018
Feeling dizzy is a symptom that is caused by so many different conditions that to ascertain its exact cause is fairly difficult. Many people regularly experience dizziness as soon as they wake up in the morning and this can be a very disruptive occurrence in anyone's life, and can severely hamper the daily functionality of an individual. This further causes lot of stress and anxiety in the individual, so it is imperative you seek medical advice as soon as possible and try and investigate the situation, and determine the cause of the affliction.
What May Cause You to Feel Dizzy in the Morning?
Upon closer inspection, a doctor will be able to tell you if it is being caused by some infection or disorder inside the ear, or if it is due to a lack of blood supply to the brain. The common offenders that trigger dizziness may include:
☞ Vertigo
Vertigo is a feeling of dizziness that results from lack of proper coordination between various nerves and the brain. Any infection that affects the inner ear may also be bringing this condition on. The dizziness caused in this condition is known to be worst in the morning. Meniere's Disease is one of the most common causes of vertigo, as it leads to an unnatural build up of fluids inside the channels of the inner ear. Vertigo is also a reliable symptom for other problems like Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) or acoustic neuroma.
Low Blood Pressure
If a person's blood pressure falls suddenly, he may experience some degree of dizziness, while getting up from the bed in the morning. This factor may also come into play if the individual wakes up from bed with a sudden and quick movement. Other related causes are an irregular heartbeat rhythm (arrhythmia), disorders in the heart muscles (cardiomyopathy), decrease in the volume of blood that is pumped and a sudden drop in blood pressure levels (orthostatic hypotension).
Medicines
Some drugs and medications often have adverse side effects on the body, and dizziness is the prime side effect. Diuretics, analgesics, tranquilizers, and anticonvulsants have been commonly seen to be a cause as well, especially in the morning.
Anxiety
A panic attack or other similar anxiety disorders may also end up causing a person to feel dizzy in the morning. These attacks often lead to a person 'over breathing', which disrupts the oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in the body. This leads to constriction of the arteries and ends up causing dizziness.
Fast Motion
Rapid changes in motion, for example while exercising or getting up too fast, often causes an individual to feel sudden dizziness. This is more commonly known as motion sickness, and even people riding in roller coasters sometimes complain of this problem.
Other causes:
  • Inner ear (vestibular) dizziness
  • Sensory disorders
  • Intense migraines
  • Hyperventilation
  • Neurological problems like strokes and multiple sclerosis
The important thing to remember is that if you have experienced any of these conditions the night before, it is possible that the feeling may be delayed due to some nervous system or sensory causes. As a result, you may experience dizziness in the morning, when you wake up. In some cases, it is better to simply go back to sleep, as this will make you feel better. You must not force yourself to wake up, under such circumstances.
Apart from monitoring, whether you're experiencing this dizziness only in the morning upon waking up, or if this is something that persists throughout the entire day, also check if there are any other problems accompanying this condition. The combination of dizziness and headaches, vomiting, pain and nausea usually implies a condition that is harder to treat. You need to visit a doctor immediately, for an in-depth diagnosis, followed by treatment.
Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is solely for educating the reader. It is not intended to be a substitute for the advice of a medical expert.
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