Why do we feel dizzy after waking up?

Have you ever woken up feeling like you just got off a rollercoaster ride, even though you haven’t drunk heavily the night before? It’s quite alarming when your head is spinning faster than a DJ’s turntable. The truth is that dizziness upon waking up can happen to anyone and could be harmless or an indication of something serious going on in your body. In this article, we’ll explore why we feel dizzy after waking up.

What Is Dizziness?

Dizziness refers to a sensation of lightheadedness, faintness, unsteadiness or spinning-like motion. Patients often describe dizziness as “feeling like I’m about to pass out” or “the room is spinning.” It’s essential to distinguish between vertigo and symptoms caused by cardiovascular disease since vertigo treatments differ from other causes of dizziness.

What Causes Dizziness Upon Waking Up?

Several factors could cause someone to wake up dizzy:

Low Blood Sugar( Hypoglycemia)

  • When an individual sleep without eating for long periods their blood sugar level gets low ( hypoglycemic), thereby causing them light-headed when they try moving around in the morning

Change of Position

  • Sometimes our bodies need time adjusting when there are sudden movements such as standing upright after lying down for several hours.


  • Drinking little water throughout the day can make one dehydrated leading to headaches while sleeping at night which results in feelings disorderliness in the following morning

Ear Infection

  • Inner ear infections often lead numb sensations making one susceptible to drowsiness/less alert due to vestibular activation disorders


  • Iron deficiency triggers narrowing vessels whereby causing inadequate oxygen consumption thus giving rise to tiredness

How Can You Reduce Your Chances Of Feeling Dizzy?

Below are some practices to adopt if you want to wake up feeling dizzy-free:

Drink Water (Preferably Warm)

Hydration with fluids can help relieve dizziness! Drink a glass of water before sleeping or on waking-up. If you sip, it would regulate and also normalize body fluid pressure

Cardiovascular Exercise

Engaging in cardiovascular exercise before bedtime promotes better sleep, which positively affects your mental health and reduces your chances of developing dizziness.

Avoid Caffeine And Alcohol

Alcohol is a diuretic that leads to dehydration while coffee hinders hydration. Drinking either within an hour or two of going to sleep makes one more vulnerable to dizzy spells upon waking up.

Sleep In An Upright Position

Stacking multiple pillows beneath oneself during bed time can elevate the head so that the upper body stays above the heart. This helps decrease light-headedness when morning comes

Possible Medical Conditions Associated With Dizziness Upon Waking Up

Frequent episodes of dizziness after waking could be associated with medical conditions such as:

Sleep Apnea

It’s diagnosed by fragmentation caused by repetitive cortical micro-awakenings due to repeated collapses/snoring airways at night, leading to hypoxemia/ hypercapnia cycles resulting from acute increases in CO2 levels, thereby making it harder for oxygenated blood supply flowing throughout vital organs – this results in feelings of shocking sensation whenever one wakes up.

### Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), commonly referred to as myalgic encephalomyelitis,is characterized by long-term exhaustion flu-like symptoms. The reason behind its development hasn’t been known yet though it’s believed that symptoms linked with chronic dysfunctionality impact how people feel after resting instead following exertional activities like attending lectures between classes negatively affecting normal day-to-day lives

### Migraine
Migraine is a severe headache associated with dizziness, nausea, and sensitivity to light.

### BPPV
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) could be caused by intense stimuli resulting in loose fragments that perambulate inner-ear areas sensitive to accidental agitation. Symptoms include spinning-like sensations whenever one shifts positions


Dizziness upon waking up could be due to either simple or medical conditions. Drinking enough water before bed, staying hydrated throughout the day, exercising regularly helps reduce feeling “off-balance.” However, If you’re experiencing recurrent episodes of dizziness after waking up or suffer from other symptoms such as nausea or headaches; It’s essential to consult your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment options tailored explicitly towards your individual needs!

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