Dolly Doctor

5 weird things your body does and more importantly, why

Ringing in your ears? Seeing splotches?

1. Feeling dizzy when you stand up

You know that feeling when you stand up fast see stars, well this feeling of light-headedness actually has a name: orthostatic hypotension. Usually it’s associated with low blood pressure, dehydration or taking some prescription drugs (such as anti-depressants). If it's happening to you often, and you’re worried, head to your local GP to find out how you can stop it from happening - it could be as simple as drinking more water.

2, Feeling you heartbeat in your ears

Yep, this one is slightly odd… but you’ve probably heard your own heartbeat in your ears after lying down for a long period of time. Rest assured, you’re not going crazy, the ol’ heartbeat-ear sitch is actually pretty common. But WHY?! Well, when you lie down the arteries in your head get pushed against your skull, so if you happen to be lying at the right angle you can hear your blood pumping away. Gross to think about but nothing to worry about.

3. Biting your tongue

Nothing worse than munching away on chips and – CHOMP! – somewhere along the way you bit your tongue. Instant pain. This happens coz you go on autopilot when you eat, so the muscles you require for eating and drinking don’t exactly pay attention to what they’re chewing and your big ol tongue gets in the way. The solution? Don’t get distracted while eating.

4. Splotches in your vision

You might have 20/20 vision but that doesn’t mean you’re immune to seeing those weird little shapes sometimes. This actually has a very important, technical name AKA ‘eye floaters’. These ‘floaters’ are caused by gooey, mucus in your eye that turns into liquid over time causing tiny fibres in your eye to stick together, hence the fuzzy shapes that appear. Sounds kind of gross but it’s totally normal.

5. Ringing in your ears

Hearing a ringing sound when your sat in a quiet room could be because you’re suffering from tinnitus (the proper medical name for ringing in your ears). It can happen if you've been to a loud concert or have an excess build-up of ear wax (yik). Long-term tinnitus can be caused by age-related hearing loss, medical problems or being exposed to loud music for excessive amounts of time.