Fainting usually occurs when your blood pressure suddenly drops. This drop causes a decrease in blood to your brain, causing a temporary loss of consciousness.
When your brain is unconscious, muscle control is lost and falling down is a common result. Most recover quickly and it usually is nothing to worry about.
Many have faint “feel like it” spells and sitting down helps return their blood pressure to normal.
Some causes of fainting or felling like it fainting spells are:
- heart problems
- certain medicines
- emotional distress
- heat or dehydration
- drop in blood sugar
- standing up too quickly
Fainting is more common in older people, and around one third of us will have a faint spell sometime in our lives.
It can sometimes be a sign of a serious problem, so if fainting spells reoccur or you have regular “feel like it” spells, discuss it with your health care person right away.