Can your tinnitus become so loud that you won’t be able to never sleep again, no matter what you try?
A recent study from the Yonsei University in South Korea reveals that people who get less than six hours of sleep a night may be more likely to have risk factors that increase their odds of diabetes, heart disease and strokes. Don’t let tinnitus completely ruin your life! Find below the latest info about the bizarre link between tinnitus and lack of sleep.
Why ear-ringing gets louder during night-time
A new theory about how tinnitus develops states that it is caused by the absence of sound. More specifically, your brain, being so used to receiving feedback constantly from your ears, does not know what to make of silence.
Since silence is so rare, it creates a sound to fill the void. During night time, when it’s usually quieter around you, the brain compensates, and your tinnitus becomes louder. So what can you do?
The ugly truth about sleeping pills and tinnitus
Many physicians in the US prescribe benzodiazepine medications such as Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, etc. to help people get to sleep. But these This create new problems of addiction and disturbed sleep patterns.
Before you consider using a benzo drug to help you fall asleep, you hear these frightening side-effects, which may sound even worse than tinnitus:
- severe memory problems, like amnesia
- next day drowsiness and “hangover effect”
- inability to safely drive your car
- brain fog and inability to reason properly
- dangerous allergies and painful skin rashes
The 2012 Beers Criteria, an expert guideline addressing safe drug use in the elderly, specific states that benzo drugs use should be avoided in the elderly. Older adults have increased sensitivity and lowered metabolism of this class.
Moreover, even if you use such drugs for a short period of time, you could become addicted, and experience elevated anxiety, weakness, blurred vision, nausea, hallucinations and even seizures.
Fortunately, there are many ways to get a good night’s sleep without the negative effects of prescription medications.
How to sleep like a baby every night (even if you suffer from ear-ringing)
According to the experts from the British Tinnitus Association, here are some life-changing tips you can easily follow if you want to regain control over your T and get a good night’s rest:
- Go to bed when you feel sleepy and not just because it is a certain time. Also, keep your room at a temperature neither too cold nor too hot.
- Try to limit the amount of caffeine and nicotine – as these are powerful stimulants which will keep you awake.
- Wind down for at least an hour before bedtime – read a book, do some coloring, try a easy crossword puzzle.
- Shut off all blue light around sundown. Do not watch TV in bed before trying to go to sleep. This would only make you feel more alert.
- Have some chamomile tea around bedtime. Also, you can try some chamomile scents to inhale and even some chamomile oil to rub on your chest. It will make you feel amazingly relaxed!
- Try regular exercise during the day. Could be a brisk walk. Fit people tend to sleep better. But avoid exercising too close to bedtime.
- Try relaxation exercises. using techniques like meditation and soothing sounds (like the sounds of waves or birdsongs).
- If your T is high-pitched, the sounds of crickets might work. Some people prefer to listen to soothing songs, search for a certain tone or instrument and focus on it.
Did you manage to fall asleep? Perfect, but don’t forget to get up at the same time every day. This is very important, as it will regulate your sleeping-cycle.
The sooner you’ll try these small changes, the faster you’ll notice a major improvement in your life: you’ll be able to control your T better, you’ll sleep better, and you’ll feel better!