Whether it’s something serious or not, there are a few things to do after you faint. Fainting can be scary, especially if you’ve never fainted before, if you’re alone, or if you’re outside your own home. It can be caused by conditions like low blood pressure, stress, or even exhaustion, but other causes can be rather serious, including heart disease. Often, fainting is followed by a slight panic, not only by you, but also by those who surround you. In any case, try to stay calm and remember that you have these things to do after you faint.
1. Lie down
One of the things to do after you faint is to lie down. When you wake up, you might feel light in the head and tired, so while you’re most likely already on the floor, stay there for a few minutes. If someone is near you, ask for a damp washcloth to place on your forehead. When you feel like you can, stand up carefully, move yourself to the nearest couch or bed, and lie down again. Some people may feel fine after a few minutes, but it’s important to take it slow after you faint.
2. Assess Yourself for Injuries
The next thing to do is to assess yourself for injuries. If you fell on the floor, you may have hurt your head or other body parts and it’s always good to check for cuts and bruises at this point. If someone is near you, you can ask him or her to help check and to help treat the cuts or bruises that you may have gotten during your fall. Although it’s not the ideal situation, assessing yourself for injuries is particularly important, yet it's not easy if you fainted while being alone. Remain seated at the least or, if you must check, slowly walk to the mirror to double check some body parts.
3. Call Someone
If you’re alone, you should always let someone know that you have just fainted. Even though you may think it’s nothing serious, letting someone else know about the situation is the best thing you can do. The person may be able to come over to your house, and if this isn’t possible, you can ask this person to call you every hour or so to check if you’re doing OK. You could even ask the person to ask you questions, just to make sure you remember everything, but whenever possible, always ask someone to come over to stay with you for an hour or so.
4. Drink Juice
The next thing to do is to drink a glass of juice. Any fruit juice will do really, as long as it’s sugary. Yes, just this once you’ll be encouraged to consume sugary drinks. You might have fainted due to hypoglycemia, which occurs when your glucose levels are too low. Drinking fruit juice will help you boost your glucose levels again. People who are on diets sometimes experience low glucose levels, because they are trying to cut out certain foods. Keep in mind that the body needs sugar every few hours or so and any type of fruit will keep your glucose at a steady level.
5. Eat Something
You might not be craving a BLT sandwich after you faint, but it is important to eat something. With your juice, you can have some crackers, but some even say that ice cream is a good way to increase your alertness and to reduce your drowsiness. Eating something after you faint can help you get those glucose levels back in place and most find the crispiness of cracker (or a chewy muesli bar) a good food for after you fainted. If you faint regularly, it would be good to keep some easy snacks in your purse. Whenever you start to feel shaky, you can sit down and reach out for your snack.
6. Take It Easy
While you may feel OK after a few hours, it’s best to take it easy for the rest of the day. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll have to crawl under the covers, but you should definitely listen to what your body tells you. So if those covers are calling you, give in to it and take a short nap, but if you’re good to watch a movie on the couch, that’s OK too. Especially if you usually don’t faint, you might have also had a scare. Avoid situations that may cause stress and take some time for yourself.
7. Visit a Doctor
Although you probably think it’s nothing, visiting a doctor will help to stop you from worrying about the how and the why. So if there’s someone to drive you to the doctor, you should definitely make use of it. The doctor may ask you a few questions and he or she may take a blood sample to check if everything is OK. Depending on your doctor, the results will be in either on the same day or in a week or so, and he or she will be able to tell you if there was something wrong. If nothing was found, at least you know it’s not serious and that it was probably something minor like temporary low glucose levels, stress, or exhaustion.
I had a bit of a scare a while ago, when I fainted for the first time in my life. Thankfully, someone was there to catch me on time, but I wouldn’t have known what to do if I'd been alone. Since then, I’ve been reading up on it and I do keep some snacks in my purse whenever I’m on the road. Do you have any additional tips or things to do after you faint? And if you’ve fainted before yourself, what was the cause of it?