Sleeping with Sounds or Silence?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Sgguy46, Oct 18, 2015.

    1. Sgguy46

      Sgguy46 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      I generally sleep in silence ... with the aircon noise. I read somewhere that this is not good and that we should sleep with some sound? Is it true?
    2. Gill Hayes

      Gill Hayes Member Benefactor

      North West England
      Tinnitus Since:
      Nov 2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress I think
      I sleep with nature sounds on all night, at a volume just below that of my tinnitus. Not only does this help me sleep but, apparently, it's good to give your brain something else to listen to (other than the T) even when you're asleep.
    3. Blackbird26

      Blackbird26 Member

      I've always trusted my body and let it tell me what it prefers. Right from beginning when everyone insisted on sound at night (not here) I tried* always woke up worse. So silence has reigned ever since. I feel our brains/ ears need rest. It seems more natural than to always be stimulated. Sleep is our bodies way to recharge itself, heal itself..My Neuro explained that my lack of good sleep prevents my body from healing chronic pain) He blames the benzodiazepine my doc stuck me on years ago..Studies show they prevent deep sleep, like alcohol.

      My personal view point is in terms of T, the ones that sadly pass because of it, I believe lack of sleep is a major factor.
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    4. glynis

      glynis Manager Staff Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame Advocate

      England, Stoke-on-Trent
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Meniere's Disease
      I would say go with how you feel but sound therapy set below your tinnitus is good as its through the night the sound works its magic.
      Your brain works hard to pick up the lower sound you have chosen and pushes your tinnitus into the background and this helps you cope better in the day....lots of love glynis
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    5. noisebox

      noisebox Member

      Yorkshire, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      West End show. Came back 2015 vitamin D overdose prescribed
      I'm with you. When I got my T 3 years ago I had no trouble sleeping and ignored advice to sleep with sounds. I felt my T needed to have silence, to recover and it did every night. Eventually I believe it went most of the time just returning if exposed to noise but went again with sleep.
      Now sadly due to illness and stress I've had a relapse of T and H. I have tried nature sounds as my sleep this time got disturbed but I end up switching it off each night as the ears need peace. I still have a clock but wonder should I go back to total silence as now sleep is returning with melatonin my ears are crying for quiet before the day is through.
    6. Blackbird26

      Blackbird26 Member

      "ears crying for quiet"

      Listen to them ;)

      Sorry for your relapse..been there as well..H is hell.
    7. Blackbird26

      Blackbird26 Member

      I hope the illness isn't it neurological? (migraine or anything? ) wondering if that is cause of relapse.
    8. linearb

      linearb Member Hall of Fame

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      Short of sleeping in a completely soundproof room, I don't think there's any harm in sleeping in silence.

      Most urban and suburban environments have ambient noise in the 30-40 db range, which is probably more consistent than the noises we evolved sleeping through. On the other hand, country living has soundscapes which can be that loud, or louder, during cricket season and the like.

      There's no such thing as silence.

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