Poll: After Getting Tinnitus, How Long Did It Take You to Start Sleeping Normally Again?

Discussion in 'Support' started by M.K., Mar 30, 2019.

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After getting tinnitus, how long did it take you to start sleeping normally again?

  1. Tinnitus has never affected my sleep

  2. It took me a few days

  3. It took me a few weeks

  4. It took me a few months

  5. It took me more than 6 months

  6. It's been over a year, and I still struggle with sleep

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    1. M.K.
      Bookworm

      M.K. Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Somatosensory
      Hi guys,

      I've had loud tinnitus for 2 months now and have really been struggling to sleep. I take .25 or .5 mg of Clonazepam before bed and I'm kind of afraid to be taking the full dose of 1 mg before bed every night but I've become so sleep deprived that I will begin to take the full dose. I don't have a problem with falling asleep as much as with staying asleep.

      How long did it take you to start sleeping normally again? (What about without medication?)

      Thank you in advance for your responses.
       
    2. Lane

      Lane Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ototoxic Drug
      @M.K. -- Once I bought a home mHBOT chamber and started using it, most of my major sleep problems literally disappeared--starting with the first night. I spent $7,000 for my unit, but some areas rent these out by the month for about $600 or so. I recently started doing self-acupuncture, and am getting really good results from that as well. Once you learn a handful of really easy spots, and buy some inexpensive needles, it's virtually free. -- Best!

      Check out THIS 11-Min. VIDEO for three easy acupuncture spots to get started.
       
    3. Tanni
      Heartbroken

      Tanni Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      October 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ???
      I really recommend Mirtazapine. It's a sedative, and also an appetite stimulant in case anxiety is affecting your ability to eat as well. Overall, it has helped me to function better, and I would say I sleep normally.

      There will always be a risk of oxotoxicity with all antidepressants (any drugs in fact), but the risk is minimal with this one, and as lack of sleep seems to be a major factor in Tinnitus perception I think it might prove beneficial. Obviously, speak to your doctor to be sure.

      Also, two months is really early into the Tinnitus journey. It's natural to struggle with it at first but it will settle.
       
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    4. Lilah

      Lilah Member Benefactor

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown, Lupus
      I've had loud tinnitus for 3 months and I still struggle with sleep. I take 50 mg Trazodone and a muscle relaxant at night. I usually sleep around 5.5 hours/night with the occasional sleepless night or a night where I sleep 7.5 hours. Recently I've noticed I do get more sleepy which is a change because before I was always alert. I do fall asleep within 10 minutes usually but sometimes I wake up an hour later and then fall back asleep, or sometimes after 4 hours and fall back asleep. Initially, I felt sleep deprived but now not as often, the body gets used to less sleep. I am still afraid to take naps because the few times I have taken naps I wake up with loud tinnitus. So I only sleep at night after taking the pills.
       
    5. Contrast

      Contrast Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Retrovile
      Tinnitus Since:
      late 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      injury from noxious noise
      Because hearing test don't go above human voice range, we don't know which medicines are ototoxic and which ones aren't.
       
    6. Tinniger

      Tinniger Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Germany
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      increasingly uncertain, maybe noise, maybe somatic ?
      One word on Mirtazapine:
      It is a very good sleeping pill, even at small doses. It makes vivid dreams.
      But many users will get overweight problems from Mirtazapine.
      In case of being overweight Mirtazapine isn't a good recommendation.
       
    7. Jiri
      No Mood

      Jiri Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise + injury
      It causes the body to crave sugar and carbs. That’s how people get overweight while on this medication. Mirtazapine/Remeron is regarded as safe even for tinnitus patients: https://www.tinnitusformula.com/library/ototoxicity-medications-that-cause-tinnitus/
       
    8. Digital Doc

      Digital Doc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise induced
      I used melatonin for a few nights to help resynchronize things after a few bad nights, and getting into a lousy cycle of insomnia from the T. I then learned to use earplugs at night, and helps the sleep quite a bit as no waking up from every passing car. Those foam earplugs when properly inserted are so comfortable at this point, and I stock a few brands to have a choice.
       
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      AUTHOR
      M.K.
      Bookworm

      M.K. Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Somatosensory


      @Digital Doc Putting in earplugs in my ears would make my T unbearable since it is all I will be able to hear. Does that not bother you??
       
    10. Digital Doc

      Digital Doc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise induced
      It increases the volume of T, but then it goes down in a few minutes. It also isolates from other noises bothering me while I sleep. At this point, when I wake up my T is the quietest before I take my earplugs out. The T does return during the day, although at a quieter level most days at this point, certainly compared to a few months ago.

      At this point, when I am having a bad T day, which still happens sometimes, I really look forward to going to bed, and putting my earplugs in as I know it calms them down in 5 to 10 minutes.

      You can try different types of earplugs as some reduce the T more than others. I find that the foam ones work the best for me, but my biggest problem is that I can sleep through the alarm in the morning, and don't want to miss work. For those days, I wear the musician plugs that I can still hear my alarm with.

      I hope my experience helps others like you to deal with this annoying and potentially disabling problem.
       
    11. Lilah

      Lilah Member Benefactor

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown, Lupus
      @Digital Doc do you have fluctuating tinnitus? Is it high pitch?
       
    12. magiccat

      magiccat Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noice Induced
      Sleeping got back to normal about 6 months in and I am now 7 months in with severe tinnitus. I took 50mg Propavan (a type of Propiomazine when i google the name in english) which was great for me as I slept the whole night and doctors/friends with experience of it told me that it is not addictive (which was true for me as well). After 4-5 months (with some exceptions) I could go down on 25mg and after 6 months I didn't need any sleeping pill at all. So even though I am still struggling - that aspect is better now, it think it comes naturally (knock on wood, don't want to jinx anything!).
       
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    13. Digital Doc

      Digital Doc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise induced
      Not fluctuating, and more lower pitched is my T.
       
    14. KMc24

      KMc24 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      3/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      I'm also taking 50 mg. of trazadone. My sleep patterns are identical to yours. I also take a blood pressure med in conjunction with the trazadone. I fall asleep quickly, but staying asleep is a struggle. By the end of the work week my lack of sleep really catches up with me. Some nights are better than others.
       
    15. jomo67

      jomo67 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      April 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      viral labyrinthitis
      I'm three months in with tinnitus, and am just now coming off the sleeping tablets. I went though hell the first six weeks with insomnia (both onset and maintenance), anxiety and was told by my physician that I had the signs of clinical depression.

      Initially I tried magnesium and GABA supplements to sleep, and then added Promethazine. Those didn't really help and then I started with 10mg of Zolpidem for a week, then went down to 5 mg for another two weeks. In the meantime I started some breathing exercises and meditation (and long walks and cold showers!) which seem to have brought my stress and anxiety levels under control.

      I stopped the Zolpidem and am now sleeping without for the past 3-4 days. The sleep is not great, it's light and fragmented but I am getting to sleep, and I don't have that doped out feeling the next day. You can fight your way through this, just keep on trying.

      My advice would be to invest some time in yoga breathing exercises (especially Ujjayi and Brahmari breathing) and guided meditation. These have saved me.
       
    16. Rb86

      Rb86 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      5/31/19
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise
      Did 50 mg Trazodone for the first time last night. Slept 6 hours deeply, woke up to loud ring, but then fell back for another 2. Groggy morning but my tinnitus actually has been much quieter today. I think it's helped calm my nerves.
       
    17. Blodorn
      Inactive

      Blodorn Member

      Location:
      France
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably Acoustic Trauma
      I always hated silence, so never had trouble sleeping because of tinnitus.
      I sleep with the TV on. Tinnitus never changed my habits, it is kinda mild tho :)
       

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