Vertigo while sleeping(BPPV)

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So for the past few years I've been experiencing Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo(BPPV) randomly at night, and was checking to see if anyone else on here has dealt with it?

For those that don't know, you'll be asleep, and suddenly wake up dizzy AF, kinda like bed spins from a drunken night out, and it happens over & over again all throughout your sleep. I talked with my Dr. in 2019 about it a bit, but then Covid happened, & I have been staying away from being anywhere other than home, but last night into this morning has been the worst episode so far. I've tried a few "exercises" to try to get the stuff in the ear back where it's supposed to be, but more often than not, it doesn't seem to trigger it.

Anyone with this same issue, and what was done to help alleviate the problem?
 

cs02132

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I listened to a podcast where the guy had vertigo and his physical therapist showed him how to move the stuff around in his ear to get rid of it. I’m sure you already have but check YouTube for some exercises?
It was just a tangent in the episode idk if I can find it, but if I do I’ll post it

You can try to make a virtual appointment with the doctor too maybe
 
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I had found a few Youtube videos on it, and had tried the exercises, but at least half the time I can't trigger the dizziness to get them crystals in my ear moving.

Lat night/this morning was the worst it's ever been. Had me puking twice this morning from it. I sent a request to my Dr. to see if I can see a specialist about it. Total from 2019-2020 I had 18 episodes, and am just tired of dealing with it so much.
 

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Jesus that sounds awful
If I may ask, how often does this happen? Is that a daily thing?
 
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I had this. Had to train myself to sleep on my back with head in a fixed position. That's how I sleep to this day, I never move my head. I bought a cervical pillow and found that took away the urge to turn on my side. Maybe see if there's a pillow that will keep your head locked into the same position. A wedge pillow, where your head is elevated, can also help. I noticed when I laid my head down to sleep I would get a little dizzy. But elevating the head with either extra pillows or a wedge wouldn't produce dizziness.

Ultimately you have to find what the root cause is. Could be a variety of issues from muscle tension around the cervical spine and suboccipital muscles behind the head (which is connected with eye movement). Are you staring at a screen for long periods? It could also be a deficiency of Vitamin D, magnesium, and the B vitamins. I took all these, went in for massages, and did vestibular exercises. If you have crystals floating around your eardrum, the Epley's Manuever would fix it, but that didn't work in my case.
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I had this. Had to train myself to sleep on my back with head in a fixed position. That's how I sleep to this day, I never move my head. I bought a cervical pillow and found that took away the urge to turn on my side. Maybe see if there's a pillow that will keep your head locked into the same position. A wedge pillow, where your head is elevated, can also help. I noticed when I laid my head down to sleep I would get a little dizzy. But elevating the head with either extra pillows or a wedge wouldn't produce dizziness.

Ultimately you have to find what the root cause is. Could be a variety of issues from muscle tension around the cervical spine and suboccipital muscles behind the head (which is connected with eye movement). Are you staring at a screen for long periods? It could also be a deficiency of Vitamin D, magnesium, and the B vitamins. I took all these, went in for massages, and did vestibular exercises. If you have crystals floating around your eardrum, the Epley's Manuever would fix it, but that didn't work in my case.
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I'll have to look into a cervical pillow. I do have a Boppy total body pregnancy pillow that my wife got years ago, but have never used it in bed. I do move from back, to my sides quite a bit during my sleep. I also do have a adjustable Tempurpedic bed that I can raise my head up, but probably don't have it up high enough due to my wife complaining, LoL.

As far as the screen thing, the past 6 months, if not more, I don't look at my phone in bed, or really watch tv in bed, unless I do have the bed raised up in more of a lounge position, rather than fully down. I definitely have seen some days where I'm looking at my phone too much that my head/neck start to hurt, & headaches soon follow. I do know I have some issues with my neck, as my chiropractor had asked if I played football or other contact sports in HS/college. Forget what exactly he said, but there's degeneration in it, to some capacity.

Shouldn't be the vitamin D thing, as I take 5000IU liquid nano version of that. Not sure about magnesium, & Vitamin B, but I do eat pretty healthy/clean, and my wife is a vegan, so I eat plenty of veggies.

I appreciate all of your insight, and I'll definitely look into a different pillow. I do use a Purple pillow, and it is comfy, but if it's not keeping my head in a more fixed position, then I'd gladly change it out to something that does.
 
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