What Are the Causes of Night Time Vertigo?

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Vertigo, including night-time vertigo, is a product of a balance system issue. Balance is controlled by the inner ear, vision and the muscular-skeletal system. Vertigo typically results from an inner ear problem and can be exacerbated by the dark.

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Vertigo, including night-time vertigo, is caused by the false perception of motion, particularly spinning motion. Multiple vertigo episodes are frequently an indication of a vestibular (inner ear) disorder.

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Night-time vertigo is simply vertigo that happens at night. It is a product of darkness disabling other components of the balance system.

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Even with a vestibular disorder, balance can be maintained by the eyes and sensory nerves (from muscles and joints), according to the Mayo Clinic. At night or in a dark room, the visual portion of the system is disabled, and the vertigo sensation can be worsened.

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Many people experience imbalance while walking in the dark. For those prone to vertigo, walking in the dark can aggravate vertigo episodes.

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During a vertigo attack, it can be helpful to remain in a lit room, with eyes open, and sit rather than lie. Maintaining vision and sitting helps the brain receive proper balance signals from the eyes and sensory nerves.

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