Can’t Sleep at Night Because of Ringing Ears? Here’s What to Do

If you’ve been having trouble sleeping at night, you’re certainly not alone. 50-70 million adults in the US have some type of sleep disorder. 30% of adults report insomnia. 45% of Americans claim that poor sleep has impacted their daily lives at least once in the previous 7 days. Lack of sleep has a huge impact on overall health. And for individuals with tinnitus, getting to sleep can be even more difficult.

What is tinnitus? 

For more than 50 million Americans, there is a constant ringing in their ears that never goes away. Tinnitus is a perception of a sound where no external sound exists. People describe these sounds in a variety of ways — to some it sounds like ringing, while to others it may sound like buzzing, static, hissing, chirping, or even bacon frying. For many, tinnitus is barely noticeable or slightly annoying, but for some individuals, tinnitus is extremely distracting and causes significant difficulty in their lives. 

How it impacts sleep 

It’s pretty simple: people tend to notice their tinnitus more when it’s quiet. When there is nothing else to pay attention to, the tinnitus is more prominent. Imagine being in a well-lit room and there is a candle on a table at the edge of the room. You may notice the candlelight, but it won’t be the focus of your attention. Now imagine someone turns off the lights. The candle is the only thing you focus on because it is the only light in the room. Tinnitus is the same way. When it is the only thing there, it is much harder to ignore.

I have worked with several individuals who have suffered from difficulty falling asleep due to tinnitus. Finding the right solution often takes trial and error.  What works for one person may not work for all. I would often suggest to patients to get a cheap box fan.  They tend to be a bit loud and can help with masking the tinnitus!

What are some other common reasons people have trouble sleeping at night? 

People have difficulty sleeping for a variety of reasons. Anxiety and stress, technology, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome — just to name a few.  There are several things you can do to practice good sleep hygiene.

  • Create a bedtime routine.  Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. 
  • Do things to relax before going to bed, whether it’s listening to calming music, using an aromatherapy diffuser filled with lavender essential oil, or doing a relaxing skincare routine.
  • No screens in the bedroom! The blue light from screens, and the mental stimulation keeps the body from falling asleep easily.  
  • Use a sound machine or fan to have background noise to help distract your brain from the tinnitus.
  • Try a supplement to help support healthy sleep. Lucid Hearing PM is a proprietary blend that was created specifically for those with tinnitus, but anyone can take this before bed if they’re looking to experience deeper relaxation and better sleep. Check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any and all supplements.
  • If you are experiencing significant difficulty, talk to your physician about a referral to a sleep specialist.

How Lucid Hearing PM helps with tinnitus and sleep 

Lucid Hearing PM contains the following ingredients to help ease tinnitus and healthful slumber at the same time (1): 

  • Melatonin: A hormone in your body that plays a role in sleep and has been shown in studies to help with ringing in the ears. The production and release of melatonin in the brain declines with age so Lucid Hearing PM acts an aid to help you get the sleep you need and reduce that annoying ringing. 
  • L-Tryptophan: An essential amino acid that helps the body produce proteins and certain brain-signaling chemicals. Naturally, your body changes this amino acid into serotonin, which helps control your mood and sleep. 
  • Lucid Hearing Proprietary PM Blend: A blend of Lemon Balm Leaf, Chamomile Flower, and Passionflower Herb to lower brain activity before bed, thus helping you relax and sleep better!
  • Magnesium: Vitamin that supports deep, restorative sleep by maintaining healthy levels of GABA, a neurotransmitter that supports sleep. 
  • Gamma Amino Butyric Acid: “GABA”, supported by Magnesium, is an amino acid that is produced naturally in the brain aid in relaxation, relief, and overall sleep quality.

 If you or a loved one are losing sleep due to that annoying ringing in your ears, don’t spend another night tossing and turning.  Practice good sleep hygiene and make Lucid Hearing PM part of your nightly routine.