Dizziness can take many forms (e.g. light headedness, spinning, etc.) but it is never normal regardless of age.

It can occur for many reasons, e.g:

  • A drop in blood pressure when changing position (e.g. standing up from a chair)
  • If you feel dizzy when you first stand up:
    • Keep yourself hydrated, you could drink a glass of water whilst sat on the edge of the bed.
    • change position slowly and exercise your arms and legs before rising
    • Sit back down again if you feel dizzy and wait until it passes 
    • Stand still or walk on the spot when you first get up and don’t rush


  • Make sure you drink plenty of fluids during the day (6-8 cups per day)
    • please note this is good general advice unless you have been prescribed diuretics ‘water tablets’. These tablets are designed to make you pass more urine, drinking more will negate the effect of the tablets. So if this applies to you, you should only drink normal amounts or, if you have been given a ‘fluid restriction’ ( an upper limit to the amount you can drink per day) please continue to observe that.
  • Drink regularly throughout the day
  • Reduce caffeine and alcohol intake

Inner ear disorders / vertigo

  • If you feel like the world is moving or spinning, or your dizziness is associated with nausea, vomiting, visual changes or hearing disturbances contact your GP surgery for further advice
  • Ensure you have had a hearing assessment recently


  • Discuss your symptoms with a community pharmacist if you are taking medication, particularly medication related to blood pressure 

Medical conditions (e.g. diabetes, COPD)

  • Consider whether your condition is well managed and discuss with a health professional if you need further advice


  • Try some relaxation techniques such as mindfulness or deep breathing
  • Talkworks is a Devonwide (excluding Plymouth) initiative, if the way you are feeling is affecting your daily life. It can help you to feel better and giving you the tools and techniques to improve your mental and physical wellbeing.
  •  Discuss with your GP if severe

Further information

TALKWORKS | Mental Health Support for Devon

NHS information on dizziness