Dizziness when falling asleep – why does it rob you of sleep?

Dizziness when falling asleep can be a pain in the ass and affect your sleep. Although you are lying down and there is no danger of you suddenly losing your balance, the dizziness can still cloud the feeling of sleep.

In addition, you will be exposed to a high level of stress if you do not recognize why the dizziness is occurring [1]. Dizziness can occur especially during the transitional phase of falling asleep. Instead of drifting gently into the land of dreams, you will lie awake in bed again wondering what actually happened.

Sometimes dizziness can be felt so intensely that you have to sit up in bed and try to collect yourself first. If you often suffer from such dizziness when falling asleep, you should not dismiss this as a trifle . Not only can it affect your sleep, it can decrease your quality of life.

In this guide I will show you how to deal with dizziness when falling asleep.

There could be a variety of causes for the dizziness. Therefore, it is not always clear why you are now experiencing dizziness. You should therefore be prepared to keep an eye on various causes and closely monitor the symptoms.


One of the most common reasons for dizziness when falling asleep is considered to be stress. Relax and allow yourself enough rest time to be less stressful.

One possibility is to be found in stress . Are you over a day of high stress [2]exposed, for example because your job or studies are so demanding, this can be expressed in dizziness. The stress also prevents you from simply switching off at night. You are more likely to lie in bed for a relatively long period of time and not find your way to sleep.

Another cause could be related to your cervical spine . If a vertebra is no longer in the ideal position and blocked or impaired in movement, dizziness could also be caused.

Other causes are also related to drug withdrawal. If you are about to stop taking an antidepressant, dizziness is a well-known side effect.

You will already notice from these three causes that you have to consider both physical and psychological reasons for the dizziness. It is therefore not always easy to precisely describe the cause.


The positioning organ sits in the ear and there it is practically signaled which position we are in. If this sense is irritated, dizziness can occur. Now the various sensory impressions no longer fit together and the brain receives contradicting information. This is the case, for example, if you are seasick or if you feel sick while reading in the car.

In a study [3]The position in which people who complain of positional vertigo sleep was examined. Because the sleeping position may also have an influence on the dizziness when falling asleep.

Dizziness as a side sleeper

In people who sleep on their side, dizziness occurs more often when falling asleep. The cause can be found in the semicircular canals of the ear. If dizziness occurs regularly, it is healthier for you to sleep on your back.

In fact, the study showed that most people preferred to lie on their side. It was noticeable here that the majority of the test subjects who complained of dizziness had placed themselves on the affected ear. The causes of the positional vertigo were linked to the semicircular canals and an “affected” ear could therefore be identified.

However, the study does not yet investigate what those affected can do specifically to counteract the vertigo. It was only found that there is a connection between sleeping position and dizziness.


What you can do about the dizziness has not been clearly resolved. However, it makes sense to keep the stress at a low level. You can use an acupressure mat for this . With this you can work on your body over a large area with the gentle needles and achieve a relaxation effect.

The same applies to the use of the red light lamp . By infrared massager is circulation promoted and the muscles relax. If you often find that the dizziness comes along with a headache, these are suitable countermeasures.

But you should also try to change your sleeping position. With a sleep sensor you can check exactly how much you move during the night. This could indicate that you are not using a suitable pillow and that the comfort during the night is not exactly high. To improve this, you can use a relaxation pillow and see whether this brings about a noticeable change.

If there is no improvement, you should discuss the dizziness with your doctor when you fall asleep. This can only find out the cause and take suitable countermeasures with a detailed diagnosis. In no case should you take the symptoms lightly and ignore them. The dizziness could be an indication of a serious illness.

Jamie Clark

Hello, I’m Jamie Clark, 32 years old, and I have been living in the USA for a few years.
Since I was a child, I have suffered from a house dust allergy, severely affecting me. I felt the effects both while exercising and while sleeping. Constant sneezing after getting up and difficult breathing were the consequences. The allergy has also developed into asthma, which is still a sporting restriction today.

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