Living with Vertigo: Ways to Improve Sleep

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Many patients seeking a vertigo chiropractor in Newnan find it challenging to have quality and restful sleep. This is a common concern for people who experience vertigo. Living with vertigo can be both difficult and frustrating. Besides sleep issues, navigating your day in the middle of an episode can be challenging. 

A good night's sleep is good for everyone. However, for vertigo patients, quality sleep is essential. If you are sleep deprived or do not get restful sleep at night, you can aggravate your vertigo episodes. Below are some tips to help improve your sleep despite vertigo episodes.

 

#1. Reduce blue light exposure before sleep

Smartphones, and other gadgets with screens have been a big part of our daily lives. But, unfortunately, these screens emit blue light and affect your sleep quality. Apart from smartphones, screens such as TVs, laptops, and tablets emit blue light. This can affect your sleep quality because the light is the same type the sun emits, which can keep you alert and suppress your body's melatonin production. 

Melatonin is the hormone that makes you feel sleepy. When you have low melatonin levels, your circadian rhythm or your body's time clock can be disrupted, affecting your sleep pattern and preventing you from entering a natural sleep-wake cycle.

Keeping your screen time at a minimum before your sleep schedule can help you get restful sleep. So if you suffer from vertigo, you must limit your screen time in the evening and avoid using screens for at least an hour before bed. You may also need to ensure your phone is in night mode or blocking blue light when you use it before bedtime.

#2. Avoid stimulating food and drinks

Avoid caffeine after 2 PM daily and, if possible, avoid alcohol before bed. Caffeine and some alcohol products are stimulants that can make it difficult to fall asleep. These products can also disrupt your sleep once you finally fall asleep and prompt you to urinate more than usual, which can lead to reduced bodily fluids. 

Dehydration can also trigger vertigo episodes. Chocolates also contain high levels of caffeine, so best to avoid them. It's also recommended to stop eating at least three hours before your intended sleeping time to give your body enough time to digest your last food intake. Keep these in mind and develop healthy pre-bedtime habits if you're living with vertigo.

#3. Establish a regular sleep schedule

Going to bed and waking up at the same time daily, even on weekends, can help regulate your body's natural sleep rhythm. This is especially important if you suffer from vertigo because episodes can often disrupt your sleep schedule. 

Refer to #2 to ensure you don't do anything counterproductive as you establish a regular sleep schedule. You can also share your sleep issues with your vertigo chiropractor in Newnan and ask how chiropractic adjustments can help address these issues.

#4. Try upper cervical chiropractic care

Sometimes your dizzy spells from vertigo stem from an unknown injury in the head or neck, which affects the neck and the spine alignment. For example, a vertigo chiropractor in Newnan has seen a pattern of upper cervical misalignment and vertigo episodes in some patients.

Upper cervical misalignments, or when your topmost spine bones are not correctly aligned, and balance can result from accidents including falls, slips, sports injuries, or a fender bender. 

Even minor injuries can lead to a misalignment of the upper cervical spine, leading to adverse outcomes, including central nervous system malfunction, which can bring bouts of vertigo.

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Where to find a reputable vertigo chiropractor in Newnan

An upper cervical misalignment can put undue stress and pressure on the brainstem. This can lead to interrupted communication between the brain and body. This interruption can trigger wrong-processed signals and body response which can bring bouts of symptoms, including vertigo. Misalignment can sometimes make your brain thinks you're moving even though you're not, and the best way to deal with it is through upper cervical chiropractic adjustments.

Newnan Upper Cervical Chiropractic provides gentle adjustments to move the C1 and C2 bones back to their proper positions. The first step to knowing if upper cervical care can benefit you is checking your spine alignment. Use the online booking form to schedule your appointment. Give us a chance to help you reduce, if not eliminate, your vertigo episodes. Book your appointment today!

 

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Hard, call our Newnan office 770-502-0991, or just click the button below.

If you are outside of the local area, you can find an Upper Cervical Doctor near you at www.uppercervicalawareness.com.

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