8 Effective Ways to Stop Feeling Dizzy in 5 Minutes

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When the world around you is constantly spinning, your life becomes pretty difficult — you can’t drive, can’t work, and simply can’t walk around without the fear of falling down. In most cases, this feeling of dizziness stems from problems with your inner ear where particles have started shifting because of your movements. But if you keep these particles in order, you’ll be able to get rid of vertigo and return the sense of stability to your brain.

Find out which ear is causing your vertigo.

  • Sit on your bed in a position that will make your head hang slightly off the edge when you lie down.
  • Turn your head to the right side, then lie down quickly.
  • Wait a minute and see if you feel dizzy.
  • Return to the sitting position and repeat on the opposite side.

If you feel dizzy when you turn right, this means that your right ear is your “bad” ear. If dizziness happens when you turn left, it’s your left ear.

How to stop feeling dizzy:

8. Try the Semont maneuver.

  • Sit up straight on the edge of your bed.
  • Turn your head at a 45º angle horizontally toward your good ear.
  • Tilt your head at a 105º angle and lie down on the side of your bad ear with your head hanging and your nose facing upward.
  • Stay in this position for a couple of minutes.
  • Keeping your head in the same position, quickly lie on the side of the unaffected ear with your nose pointed to the ground.
  • Stay in this position for a couple of minutes.
  • Slowly move back to your initial sitting position and relax.

7. Perform the half-somersault maneuver.

  • Start by sitting on your heels.
  • Tip your head straight up to look at the ceiling. Hold this position for a few seconds.
  • Put your head down, tucking your chin in a little bit toward your knees as if you’re going to do a somersault.
  • Turn your head toward your right or left elbow (closer to your “bad” ear) at a 45º angle. Wait for the dizziness to stop or count to 30.
  • Keeping your head turned, quickly raise it back to where you started. Once again, wait for the spinning to stop for 15-30 seconds.
  • Keeping your head turned to your side, sit back quickly.
  • If you still feel dizzy, repeat the maneuver 4-5 times.

6. Do the Gufoni maneuver.

  • Sit down on a table with your legs hanging off.
  • Quickly tilt on your healthy side until your head arrives on the table and wait for the dizziness to stop.
  • Quickly rotate your head down toward the table at a 90º angle and wait for 30 seconds.
  • Return to a sitting position with rapid movement.
  • Repeat the maneuver 3 times until your dizziness disappears.

5. Perform the Epley maneuver.

  • Sit on your bed and place a pillow behind you so that when you lie on your back, it will be under your shoulders.
  • Turn your head to your “bad” side at a 45º angle and lie down quickly. Your shoulders should be on the pillow and your head should be reclined.
  • Stay in this position for 30 seconds.
  • Turn your head to the other side and hold for 30 seconds. Then roll your body over in that direction.
  • Wait for 30 seconds, then slowly sit up and relax for a few minutes.
  • Repeat the maneuver 3 times.

4. Practice the Brandt-Daroff exercise.

  • Start in a seated position on the edge of your bed.
  • Quickly move into the lying position on your right side with your nose pointed up at a 45º angle.
  • Stay in this position for 30 seconds, then move back to the initial position.
  • Do the same with the opposite side.
  • Repeat the exercise 3-5 times.

3. Apply pressure to your wrist.

Pericardium, or P6, is a point located on your inner forearm, 3 finger-widths below your wrist between the 2 tendons. Stimulate this area for 4-5 seconds to get relief from vertigo and nausea.

2. Press the inner ear point on your foot.

This small point is located on the top of your foot between the fourth and pinky toe. To reduce dizziness, massage this point on both of your feet with the knuckle of your index finger for 30 seconds.

1. Maintain a fixed gaze.

  • Look straight ahead and focus on a small colored square or a button held at eye level in front of you.
  • Focus on this spot and wait for your dizziness to stop.
  • Maintaining your gaze on the target, start to slowly move your head from side to side.
  • Gradually increase the speed of your head movement. But if you start feeling too dizzy, slow down.
  • Continue moving your head for a minute.

Warning: If your vertigo gets worse while doing these exercises, stop immediately and consult your doctor.

How do you usually deal with dizziness? Feel free to share your secrets in the comments!

Please note: This article was updated in January 2023 to correct source material and factual inaccuracies.
Illustrated by Leisan Gabidullina for Bright Side


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Good advice.

Ever time I felt dizzy I just tried to lie down on my bed or so, but it didn't always helped me


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