There are many people who suffer from morning vertigo. Vertigo is often described as dizziness or is associated with the feeling that the room is spinning or that the person with vertigo is spinning. The causes of morning vertigo are the same causes of vertigo experienced at other times of the say. Sitting upright from lying down can often produce morning vertigo. This change in movement makes morning vertigo more noticeable.
There are two types of vertigo. The first type is peripheral vertigo that occurs because of a problem either within the inner ear or the vestibular nerve that serves as the connector piece between the brainstem and the inner ear. The second type of vertigo is central vertigo, which is caused by problems in the brain.
Medications, injuries, disease and disorders may cause vertigo resulting from problems with the inner ear. Meniere’s disease is a disorder that affects hearing and balance, often resulting in vertigo. Labrinthitis is another ear disorder in which the inner ear becomes irritated and swollen, causing vertigo. Vertigo from these disorders may occur in the morning because the body is too rapidly moved from the position it has been in for several hours. The imbalance of the inner ear causes this morning vertigo.
Peripheral Vertigo: This type of vertigo is caused by the inflammation of the vestibular nerve and compression of the nerve. Inflammation of the nerve may be caused by an infection or medication. Compression of the vestibular nerve is often caused by a tumor near the nerve, causing the nerve to become compressed.
Central Vertigo: Central vertigo is caused by various problems inside the brain. Most of the problems affect the brain stem or cerebellum. Alcohol is a very common cause of central vertigo. When the vertigo is experienced in the morning it may be a result of a hangover. Blood vessel disease also causes vertigo, and morning vertigo may be experienced more often with this cause because of the dormancy of slow of blood flow during sleep. Migraines, seizures and multiple sclerosis may also cause central vertigo.
Doctors warn that people experiencing recurring symptoms of morning vertigo or any type of vertigo should seek professional medical evaluation. Symptoms of morning vertigo consist of headaches, blurred vision, speech problems, hearing loss, fainting, weakness in the limbs, numbness, chest pain and problems walking. If you notice these symptoms of morning vertigo please consult your doctor immediately.