Dizziness

Dizziness is one of the few symptoms that I haven’t actually experienced.

But I have spoken to a number of women who have and they’ve told me that it’s quite unpleasant and a lot like that feeling of getting up too quickly. So, what causes dizziness?

Falling levels of estrogen and fluctuating hormones lead to mixed signals in the nervous system and changes in blood vessels. Your inner ear senses movement or changes in the position of your head and will communicate these changes to the brain. If the nervous system isn’t working as it should be due to changes in hormone levels, it may not send the signal, which leads to the feeling of dizziness. Changes in blood pressure can make you feel particularly sensitive to dizziness when standing up or moving quickly. It can also be a side effect of other symptoms, like sleep problems and fatigue.

My Top Tips

Identify the cause.

Is your dizziness caused by poor nerve signals, or is it another symptom? Identify the triggers! You’ll have a better chance at treating the symptom if you can identify the cause. Do you get dizzier in the morning? It might be insomnia! Do you get dizzier after standing up? It might be low blood pressure! Do you get dizzier when it’s hot out? It might be dehydration!

Keep hydrated.

Dehydration will amplify any feelings of dizziness. Your brain – and your nervous system – need to be hydrated to work to the best of their abilities.

Eat often (but healthily!).

When dealing with dizziness, it’s important to keep your blood sugar up, to keep you from feeling faint and to keep your blood pumping so it can reach your brain. Eating will raise your blood sugar, but keep it healthy! High-sugary foods will cause you to crash, so it’s best to stick to healthy to-go snacks like fruits, nuts, and yoghurt.

Maintain a sleep schedule.

A full night’s sleep is vital to ensuring that all your systems (including your nervous system and circulation system) are recharged and working well. Insomnia can be a problem during the menopause, but the first step is figuring out a schedule and trying to stick to it as best you can. That might be a relaxing pre-sleep routine and a reasonable bedtime, every night.

Practice balance.

Balance exercises are exercises that help you practice your balance (no shock there). This includes any exercises that targets your balance, like yoga or pilates. Building your muscles to support your balance can help your body handle dizzy spells a little bit better.

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