Treating Tinnitus: the sound never stops, and the loss of sleep can be a significant problem.
Do You Experience Sleeplessness Because of Tinnitus?
In our most recent blog, we defined tinnitus and listed several of its causes. Due to the usual addition of hearing loss to this disorder, we have shown that hearing aids are usually effective and why. But what about sleeplessness at night-time? That will be the topic of this discussion.
What About Night-Time Problems?
Tinnitus noise varies widely in volume. Approximately 1 in every 4 people tinnitus sufferers experience disturbing loud sounds during the day and at night.
During the daytime, hearing aids amplify the sounds around us that are often missed with hearing loss. Thus, the perception of tinnitus is reduced or even sometimes eliminated. An expert hearing specialist can program hearing aids to mask the disturbance caused by tinnitus. Do not wear hearing aids when sleeping, yet tinnitus does not keep hours. What can you do to help sleeplessness due to this condition?
How Does Tinnitus Affect Sleep?
People with tinnitus often have difficulty sleeping. As a result, they are not “running on all eight cylinders” during the day. They are fatigued throughout the day and are also more vulnerable to sleep disorders than the general population. A recent study concluded that 54 percent of people with tinnitus also have a sleep disorder.
“The more you think about your tinnitus, the more you’re thinking about your tinnitus!”
It is during those quiet times when you are trying to focus on getting a good night’s sleep that the buzzing, whirring, hissing, or other sounds are most frustrating. The more you try to ignore them, the more frustrating they become!
Some Treatment Strategies
Many of the effective treatments for tinnitus must address your anxiety and frustration. You can take steps for managing your response to these internal noises. Here are some treatment strategies that can make this malady less disruptive to your sleep.
- Avoid a bedroom that is too quiet. People with tinnitus may find it easier to sleep in a less quiet bedroom. Some may experience relief from the sound of a fan running. Others may find that white noise or other sleep-friendly sounds help mask and minimize the disturbing noise. There are very affordable systems available which produce soothing sounds, such as calm, rolling ocean waves on a beach, a light rainstorm, or soothing music.
- Practice deep breathing. To relax can help transport the body into the slower breathing patterns that induce sound sleep.
- Practice meditation. There are numerous methods of meditation that help reduce stress and improve sleep. Imagine yourself being in a place you would like to be. For example by a still pond, on a sunny beach, in the woods, with the light singing of birds, and a gentle breeze. Find what works for you!
- Lower room temperature. Turn down the thermostat. Studies have shown that the room temperature for optimal sleep is actually between 60 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit, which is much colder than most people would guess. You also don’t have to drop your thermostat down to 60 degrees if you’ve been struggling to sleep with tinnitus. Instead, try turning the temperature down a few degrees the next time you go to sleep—it might just do the trick.
Some Additional Steps You Can Take
- Set a lower room temperature
- A consistent bedtime each night
- Avoiding naps during the day
- Avoid eating right before bedtime
- Getting exercise during the day
- Ensuring you have a comfortable mattress
- Limit screen time from electronic devices at night
- Aromatherapy with essential oils
- women-writing-journal-tinnitus-strategies Limiting caffeine and alcohol use before bedtime
- Adjusting your body positioning to relax easier
- Natural sleep enhancement supplements (like melatonin)
Prescott Hearing Center, Will Help You with Your Therapy!
Prescott Hearing Center is not just about hearing aids. Although we can fit you with the best hearing aids for your condition, we can also help you with numerous forms of therapy for loss of sleep. Why not discover the relief that is possible?
If you have any questions about how we may help you with tinnitus, call the experts at Prescott Hearing Center today at 928-899-8104 or visit online PrescottHearing.com.
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