Why does BPPV occur in winter months? Here are 3 reasons.

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is transient vertigo triggered by change of head position in relation to gravity. It can be described as quick and intense episode of the room or person spinning.

The season of presentation to an Emergency Department, ENT or to a Vestibular Physical Therapist has been of interest to the medical field for some time.

For the most part, medical professionals notice a higher trend of BPPV cases in the winter months, such as December – March, compared to summer months.

Here are a few speculations to why:

  1. Low Vitamin D Levels

    • Even though a recent meta-analysis (high level of research) was unable to confirm this, many clinicians in daily practice find BPPV and low vitamin D levels to coincide.

  2. Lack of physical activity in winter

    • BPPV occurs most often after prolonged rest (e.g., in the morning). Therefore, a more sedentary lifestyle in winter could be to blame.

  3. BPPV incidence is increased after inflammatory ear disorders

    • Vestibular neuritis is common in autumn months and could predispose someone to have BPPV

Just because it is winter months doesn’t mean you will get BPPV! Staying active with a regular exercise program, eating well, getting outdoors to get sunlight and staying positive for overall well-being could help minimize your risk!

But, if you are suffering from BPPV, feel free to contact us or book an appointment so we can help you get back to living life to the fullest!

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