Tinnitus and Sleep: Managing Insomnia-Related Distress
Tinnitus can make it difficult for someone to sleep, leading to insomnia-related distress. In this article, we will discuss how to manage tinnitus and sleep difficulties.
Understanding the Impact of Tinnitus on Sleep
When someone experiences normal sleep, they are not anxious about it. They can easily go to bed and fall asleep. However, for someone who is struggling with sleep, they may constantly feel tired and unable to sleep. This anxiety and fear can lead to a fight-or-flight response, making it even harder to sleep.
Additionally, sleep deprivation can worsen tinnitus symptoms. When we are sleep-deprived, we are more emotionally reactive, which can make it harder to cope with the underlying difficulty of tinnitus. We become more triggered, and tinnitus symptoms may seem louder, making it harder to fall asleep.
Managing Tinnitus and Sleep Disturbances
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To manage tinnitus and sleep disturbances, it’s essential to create an environment in which our bodies can feel calm and relaxed. This environment signals to our body that everything is okay, and we can rest. Here are some tips for managing tinnitus and sleep disturbances:
- Seek professional help: Talk to your GP or a specialist to see if there is any medication or therapy that can help you sleep better.
- Consider natural remedies: Valerian, herbal sleep tea, or a tea with passionflower can help calm your nervous system and promote relaxation.
- Join a support community: Joining a support community like the My Tinnitus Club can provide you with the resources and tools you need to manage tinnitus and sleep disturbances.
- Practice Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): ACT can help you manage negative thoughts and feelings that can worsen insomnia-related distress
Tinnitus and sleep disturbances can be challenging, but managing them can significantly improve your quality of life. Seek professional help, consider natural remedies, join a support community, and practice ACT to manage negative thoughts and emotions. With time and effort, you can learn to live with tinnitus and sleep better.
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