How to sleep with vertigo
Sleeping with vertigo can be challenging, but with the proper precautions, you can achieve an undisturbed night of sleep.
We'll dive into the best way to sleep with vertigo below. 👇
Elevate the head
The National Library of Medicine suggests sleeping with your head elevated to treat vertigo.
The NHS backs this up and recommends sleeping with 2 or more pillows.
However, one firm and high loft pillow, such as the Simba Hybrid Firm pillow, could also work well.
This high loft pillow is designed with adjustable layers, so once you’re no longer experiencing vertigo, you can readjust it to your preferred height and firmness. 🛠️
Sleep on your back
The best sleeping position for vertigo is on your back.
Experts recommend sleeping on your back to keep you still and prevent your inner ear crystals from moving around.
Sleep with the unaffected ear facing down
Some types of vertigo, such as BPPV, mean you experience vertigo symptoms in just one ear. 👂
If you’re a side sleeper struggling to fall asleep on your back, you can try sleeping with your head position to the side and your “good ear” facing down.
Studies tested this on patients with BPPV vertigo, and sleeping on the unaffected side was found to lessen vertigo symptoms for a more restful sleep.
Create a calm sleep routine
Stress and anxiety are known to increase the symptoms of vertigo.
We always recommend good sleep hygiene and having a relaxing sleep routine to help you fall asleep more easily.
A dark and cool room with a comfortable mattress can help create a safe and cosy space ready for sleep.
To prevent a vertigo attack or lessen the symptoms of vertigo, you should move your head as little as possible when you wake.
Move slowly if you need to get up in the middle of the night, and avoid using loud alarm clocks in the morning that might jolt you awake. 📢
Instead, try calmer waking methods, like a sunrise alarm clock or gentle music that helps you rise slowly.
Use a suitable pillow
As well as a firm and high loft pillow, experts also recommend an ergonomic or wedge pillow, which offers more control and height. ⬆️
The Groove pillow, for example, has been specifically designed to correct your posture and provide better support for sleep. 🤝
Body pillows can also benefit side sleepers with vertigo to prevent you from rolling onto the wrong side during sleep.
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Can you sleep with vertigo?
Sleeping with vertigo can be a struggle, but it doesn't have to be. 😟
You can enjoy restful and restorative nights with the right strategies, even with vertigo.
Remember to elevate your head, sleep on your back, or keep the unaffected ear facing down.
Embrace a calming sleep routine and rise slowly in the mornings. 🌄
And choose the right pillow to support your sleep.
Follow these tips, and you'll be well on your way to a better night’s sleep.