sleep with tinnitus

How Do You Sleep With Tinnitus?

The ringing or chirping in your ears has been your constant companion for some time now. It’s tiring, annoying, and stressful. The constant ringing (or described as other sounds) is a debilitating condition you or a loved one struggles with on a minute-to-minute basis. So then how do you concentrate at work or school? How do you sleep with tinnitus? It’s gotta be difficult, but there are ways to not only manage tinnitus, but to ensure that your sleep isn’t greatly affected. Believe it or not, there’s evidence that tinnitus could cause sleep disorders. The Sleep Doctor says, “Research shows higher risks for sleep apnea and other sleep disturbances in people with tinnitus.” (Breus, 2018). It’s not going to cure your tinnitus, but it will help you manage it much better. Always remember, the Ear, Nose and Throat Institute’s Hearing Center is here to help you with tinnitus management. Here are a few of them discussing tinnitus: 

The following is a list of tips to help you sleep better, despite the ringing in the ears. In the end, the best treatment and management comes from seeing a professional. These are just tips to help you and your loved ones in the meantime. 

Sleeping tips 

  • Breathing exercises – many things can be found online, but a licensed professional can walk you through some great methods to help you sleep better. This is mostly for the stress that comes with tinnitus. 
  • Soothing sound – don’t just sleep in a quiet room, as that will bring more attention to your tinnitus, but utilize a soothing sound to play in the background. Examples of soothing sounds include waves, wind blowing through the trees, or a babbling brook. 
  • ReSound app – this app is a great tool for those with tinnitus or hearing related issues. You can customize your sound options to aid in managing the symptoms and the stress. 
  • Stress management – one thing that causes tinnitus to grow worse is stress, which can be induced by tinnitus. As you can see, it’s a vicious cycle. Managing stress will help you find peace and even a chance to get some shut-eye. It’s also encouraged to seek cognitive behavioral therapy from a professional therapist. 
  • Sleep patterns – finding the right schedule for sleep and passive activities that help you sleep will greatly benefit you. It may not treat and manage tinnitus directly, but the more you can do to fall asleep, the better. Make sure you stay away from screens an hour or so before bed (books are a great alternative). 
  • Seek medical help – although the cure for tinnitus has not been found, an audiologist can help you find the right methods for you. The ENT Institute’s audiologists are trained in tinnitus management and can see you same-day. 

There’s always hope with tinnitus management. Never forget that the Ear, Nose and Throat Institute is here for you and your loved ones. To schedule a same-day or Saturday appointment, fill out the form at the top of the page or call 770-740-1860. To learn more about tinnitus management, fill out the form to the right. 


Dr. Breus, M. (2018, May 22). 7 Proven Techniques to Help You Treat Tinnitus and Sleep Better [Medical Article] Retrieved from https://thesleepdoctor.com/2018/05/22/7-proven-techniques-to-help-you-treat-tinnitus-and-sleep-better/

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