Do you feel dizzy when you stand up?
Feeling dizzy when standing up could be due to postural hypotension – a drop in blood pressure that often occurs when you go from sitting or lying down to standing. But don’t worry, it’s more common than you think!
What is postural hypotension? Postural hypotension is that feeling of lightheadedness or a sudden attack of dizziness that can affect you when you get up from a comfortable sitting position. Sometimes it even brings headaches or, in more dramatic cases, fainting.
Why should I care? Well, here’s the thing: If you suffer from postural hypotension, that extra sway in your step could increase your chances of a fall. Nobody wants that!
How can I stand up consistently?
Talk to your GP:
- Schedule a chat with your GP. They may need to review their medications and make some adjustments.
Movement before standing:
- If you have been sitting for a while, introduce some gentle movements before getting up. Walk a little while sitting, opening and closing your fists or squeezing your buttock muscles before standing up. This gives your body time to adjust to the change in position and minimizes the drop in blood pressure.
Moisturize, hydrate, hydrate:
- Make sure you are adequately hydrated. Dehydration can contribute to low blood pressure. Try to drink plenty of water throughout the day.
Reduce alcohol consumption:
- A little less wine and spirits could help you stay on your feet. Alcohol can contribute to dehydration and exacerbate symptoms of postural hypotension.
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