Can Hearing Loss Stop You From Getting a Good Night’s Sleep?

Hearing loss affects millions of people around the world, occurring due to various reasons, such as aging, exposure to loud noises, infections and certain health conditions or medications. While hearing loss creates problems with communications, it can also have a significant impact on other aspects of the daily lives of those experiencing it – including sleep deprivation.

Sleep loss can be a problematic symptom of hearing loss because it brings on many other serious and detrimental issues. Studies have linked sleep deficiency to many chronic health problems, such as heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, obesity and even depression. These tips can help those who are suffering with hearing loss deal with the possibility of sleep loss, so it doesn’t lead to more problems.

Ways Hearing Loss Leads To Sleep Loss & What To Do About It

  1. Increased sensitivity to sounds

Hearing loss sufferers tend to be sensitive to other sounds, especially during the night. Sounds such as a partner’s snoring or traffic noise outside can make it difficult to fall and stay asleep. 

  1. Increased stress and anxiety

Hearing loss has been shown to increase stress and anxiety in many sufferers. Creating a domino effect, the increased stress and anxiety that is caused from hearing loss can create problems with sleep, as these types of conditions tend to act up more at night before bedtime. 

  1. Increased incidence of headaches

Hearing loss sufferers, especially those who have tinnitus, often experience headaches. When headaches flair up at night, this can lead to a significant interruption of sleep.

How to combat sleep loss due to hearing loss:

  • Address underlying medical conditions: Be sure to discuss your sleep issues with your audiologist and your general doctor. There could be something else going on that needs to be addressed.
  • Update your mattress, bedding and pillows: Your comfort at night is important to helping you fall and stay asleep. It might be time to update your sleep surroundings including your mattress, pillow and bedding. If your room is too hot or too cold, be sure to address ways to improve that too.
  • Maintain a regular sleep schedule: Going to bed and waking up at the same time every day helps regulate your body’s internal clock, making it easier to fall asleep and wake up feeling rested. This is especially important for people with hearing loss who may experience sleep disturbances.
  • Reduce screen time close to your bedtime: Take a break from your smartphone and computers before bedtime, as well as turning the TV off to help you get better rest. 
  • Try relaxation techniques: Many who suffer from sleep challenges for any reason find relief from modalities like yoga and meditation.

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