Do You Mainly Sleep on Your Right Side, Left Side, Back, or Stomach and Which Ear Is Your Tinnitus?

Discussion in 'Support' started by JasonP, Feb 29, 2016.

    1. JasonP
      No Mood

      JasonP Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      6/2006
      Or which ear has the loudest tinnitus? I was curious if sleep position could have an effect on tinnitus since sometimes people wake up with louder tinnitus.
       
    2. zeroday
      Mellow

      zeroday Member

      Location:
      California
      Tinnitus Since:
      01/1995
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Driving Truck
      My T is in both my ears and mind so it doesn't matter what position...having said that, I am completely habituated to it (20 years) and it is nothing more or less than a normal part of my life...
       
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    3. Bobbie7
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      Bobbie7 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      United States
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Extreme stress, sinus infection
      I have T in my right ear but sleep on my side with my head and left ear on the pillow.
       
    4. Sound Wave
      Curious

      Sound Wave Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Finland
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably headphones
      T on left and mainly sleep on the right side. When I sleep on my left side, I obviously hear the T louder first, but then it quiets down a bit after a while. Rain sounds for masking on the background.
       
    5. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      1
      Tinnitus Since:
      1900
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      karma
      I'm trying to learn to sleep on my back on a wedge because I have back pain issues and I think this is beneficial.

      Sometimes if I sleep with earplugs in, it seems to have some impact on T when I wake up, and once or twice I've slept in really awful positions which has strained my neck and given me worse ringing upon waking, but mostly it doesn't matter.
       
    6. Ecip

      Ecip Member

      Location:
      Edmonton, AB
      Tinnitus Since:
      4.11.2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Still unknown... possibly noise exposure?
      It seems that sleeping on my left side has the most calming effect in my T. I could be wrong though, just what I think seems to be happening.
       
    7. Taylorslay
      Cheerful

      Taylorslay Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Orlando Florida
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Years of excessively loud headphone use
      My T is in both my ears so no matter what side I sleep on I hear it except on my back. Which I don't find near as comfortable.
       
    8. Red
      In pain

      Red Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Exposure (Headphones)
      Well, my T is bilateral now. I preferred stomach but after chronic pain it isn't an option. Then I preferred side but now I cannot either because my right ear had to be stupid too.

      So yeah...back...and I am becoming a person who could fall asleep at the snap of a finger who now has difficulties sleeping. I intend on buying otc sleep meds because gabapentin does not make me drowsy.
       
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    9. Tweaker
      Transparent

      Tweaker Member Benefactor

      Location:
      UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure
      I sleep on my left side which is my worst ear. It makes the t louder pressed against the pillow. It makes no sense really to sleep on that side but I do.
       
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    10. ScottK

      ScottK Member

      Location:
      Colorado
      Tinnitus Since:
      Always had it, as far back as I can reme
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably loud noise.
      Mine's primarily in my left ear. I sleep mostly on my right side, though I do flip around a bit.
       
    11. Samir
      Obedient

      Samir Manager Staff Benefactor Ambassador Advocate

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Accoustic trauma
      I used to sleep on my stomach, with my left arm under the pillow and head. In those days I would sleep like a baby. Then I got sick really bad one winter, and started having sinus problems. During this time I started sleeping on my back. Now I always sleep on my back. I sometimes flip over on my right side with my right hand under the pillow and head. Sleeping this way is very comfortable for me, but it makes my breathing more difficult at times because of my chronic sinusitis.

      My tinnitus is mainly central. I do get fleetings from time to time, and when I do it is mostly during the day and waking hours, and almost always in my left ear which is also my bad ear. My left ear has a mild hearing loss, the right does not (or the audiogram lies). I also have middle ear muscle spasms in the left ear. First there is the TTTS which from what I understand mostly recruits the tensor tympani muscle. I now also have a secondary muscle spasm manifestation which seems to stem from the stapedius muscle and causes a distinct click sound. The stapedius muscle of my right ear seems to have been recruited in this loop now as well, although it is not as audiable and not as frequent.

      Why do I tell you about middle ear muscles? Because, if I lay down on my stomach and left side of the head against the pillow, I can hear my so called "objective" tinnitus quite clearly. The TTTS would cause audible contractions at... maybe 70 oscillations per second, then a pause, then start off again. So you can see why I have another reason now not to lay with the left side of my head against the pillow. Laying on my back makes that muscle calm down it seems, or it is far less audible this way.

      When I am laying on my back, I can still hear the stapedius muscle going off at random. But it also seems to be triggered by swallowing. This all adds on to my light sleep and prevents me from resting properly. But what can I do? Not breath and not swallow at night? Interesting enough, the stapedius muscle and the clicks seem to be mostly active at night. Perhaps because of the position I sleep in. The clicks are real, they are not subjective as the common tinnitus reference material or even research papers will have you believe. (You know how they often list the different tinnitus manifestations - 'including ringing, buzzing, voices, clicks, and even music'.) At least mine are real.

      I have pondered this question of sleeping position myself, several times. I have not come to any definitive conclusion. There may be good reasons to sleep in one position or the other. It all depends on your own unique set of hearing disorders and other health conditions, like breathing problems as I have pointed out above. Try to experiment a little and see what works best for you.

      For what it's worth, I should say that my tinnitus began as a low static noise that didn't bother me much at all. In fact I didn't even recognize this as being tinnitus. When it became tonal, it was the left ear that started blaring away first. Then it climbed up the auditory ladder and found a comfy spot in my brain and settled in. It has stayed that way since, regardless of which way I laid. But I do recall having some strange sensation in my left ear when laying on my back, and this was before I had the clicks. It sounded a bit like pouring water on hot rocks in a sauna. Or pouring whipped eggs into a pan. (Pick your favorite analogy.)

      Just because you brought up this question, I might try sleeping on my right side tonight and see if the clicks will stop. ;)
       
    12. dpdx
      Worried

      dpdx Member

      Location:
      Greenland
      Tinnitus Since:
      Onset:09/23/2017 Worsened: 1/17/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud Music (2017), worsened by Caloric Test (Ear syringing)
      Sleep on both sides.
       
    13. MBH

      MBH Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Dental Work
      I have T in my left hear, but it moves to head. I sleep also on my left but flip around, but my head is propped up by pillows, I usually have louder T at night.
       
    14. william adams
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      william adams Member Benefactor

      Location:
      S Jersey
      Tinnitus Since:
      December 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      one week after leg surgery plus hearing loss in higher freq.
      Great question that I wondered about myself. My right ear has more high frequency damage than my left but the T is mostly perceived in my better ear the left side. I have always slept on my right side like many others have stated.
       
    15. AUTHOR
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      JasonP
      No Mood

      JasonP Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      6/2006
      I don't know if I am supposed to do this but I combined a small amount of neurontin the past couple of days with melatonin and was able to fall asleep.
       
    16. Jake007

      Jake007 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Nebraska
      Tinnitus Since:
      December 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      hearing loss for long time, chainsaw, infections
      Have t in left ear, I either sleep on my left side or on my stomach so my good ear can soak up any noise going on.
       
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    17. Tinker Bell

      Tinker Bell Member

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      SSHL from virus
      I do the same. Because of my hearing loss, I have trouble hearing anything if I sleep on my good, right ear. And it always sounds like my good ear is ringing then, too.
       
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    18. Jomo

      Jomo Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      9/4/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      going for a rim shot on the snare drum.
      I sleep on my left...thank god its the quieter ear....glad to see i am not alone..i put on my masking noise and just fall asleep
       

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