You don’t really think much about your balance until you lose it. When you’re hit with a sudden feeling of dizziness, you can’t focus on much else until you get it to stop.
Dizziness can be frustrating because it has so many different possible causes. The feeling of lightheadedness will go away for most people given enough time. However, you usually need to know the root cause to get permanent relief.
What causes that dizzy feeling and how do you go about reducing dizziness? Let’s look at some of the main causes of lightheadedness and what you can do to feel better.
Inner Ear Issues
Problems with your inner ear are one of the most common reasons why you might feel lightheaded. Your inner ear helps control your balance through the vestibular system. This system senses movement. Along with your eyes, it sends signals to your brain that helps your brain keep your body balanced.
Sometimes you can develop problems in the vestibular system, including infections, inflammation and fluid build-up. Some problems of the inner ear correct themselves. Others need medical attention. If you’re experiencing unexplained vertigo that doesn’t clear up on its own, a doctor may be able to help.
Other Causes of Vertigo
Some dizziness is caused by “circumstantial” factors. Forgetting to eat, getting overheated, or becoming dehydrated can all contribute to feeling lightheaded. These are usually the easiest causes of dizziness to treat. Most of the time, rest in a cool place and food or drink will solve the problem.
Other causes of dizziness include migraines, low blood pressure, and anemia. These are conditions that usually take time to resolve. If you find yourself having to deal with lightheadedness long-term, you may still be able to reduce the symptoms to a manageable level.
Managing Symptoms of Dizziness
For many people, sitting still or lying down with their eyes closed can help in limiting dizziness. Deep, steady breathing can help you relieve stress that makes your symptoms worse. The scents of essential oils like peppermint and lemon are good for limiting any nausea you might be feeling as a result of your vertigo.
You may have to try different strategies to find what makes you feel better. Easing the symptoms of dizziness can help you cope until you find and treat the root cause.