Why do I get dizzy when I roll over in bed?

Do you ever get a short bout of dizziness when you roll over in bed?

You typically can brush it off as it it only short term but it can progress and require medical assistance.

More than likely, the problem is Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV):

  • This is a benign condition but can be easily fixed by a Vestibular Trained Physical Therapist.
    • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo is a common inner-ear problem affecting the vestibular system, a system used to maintain balance.
    • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is one of the most common causes of vertigo — the sudden sensation that you’re spinning or that the inside of your head is spinning.

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo causes brief episodes of mild to intense dizziness.

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo is usually triggered by specific changes in the position of your head.

This might occur when you

1. Tip your head up or down

2. When you lie down

3. Or when you turn over or sit up in bed.

How can a Physical Therapist help me?

Fortunately, most people recover from BPPV with a simple but very specific head and neck maneuver performed by a specialty trained physical therapist. Your therapist will take you through a series of diagnostic manuevers to diagnose and treat the condition.

These repositioning treatments are designed to move the crystals from the semicircular canal back into the appropriate area in the inner ear (the utricle). A repositioning treatment called the Epley maneuver is used for the resolution of posterior canal BPPV, the most commonly involved canal.

If you are having dizziness when you roll over in bed, contact our office to speak with our Vestibular Trained Physical Therapist, Dr. Danielle Vaughan, for a consultation and treatment. We offer our Vestibular Physical Therapy services at our office in Wake Forest, North Carolina.

Visit our specific website page to learn more about our treatments for Dizziness, Balance and Vertigo conditions.