Not having enough sleep can have a detrimental effect on your health and vitality. If you don’t get a complete, relaxing seven to eight hours of sleep, you wake up groggy and cranky, an unpleasant feeling that only three cups of coffee can keep at bay. So you were aghast when your loss of hearing started making you lose sleep.
And that’s understandable. Luckily, there’s a little something that can help: a hearing aid. It’s possible that these small devices can help you get a sounder night sleep, according to the latest surveys.
How Does Loss of Hearing Affect Sleep?
Despite the fact that you feel fatigued all day and are exhausted by bedtime, you still toss and turn and have a hard time falling asleep. All of these issues began about the same time you also started to notice that your mobile phone, radio, and television were becoming hard to hear.
It’s not your imagination as it turns out. There is a well-documented link between hearing loss and insomnia, even if the precise sources aren’t completely clear. Some theories have been put forward:
- Tinnitus can make you hear thumping, humming, and ringing and that noise can keep you awake at night. (It can become a vicious cycle because lack of sleep can worsen your tinnitus symptoms).
- As you develop hearing loss, your brain begins straining, it’s looking for stimulus from your ears where none exists. If your brain is in overdrive attempting to hear while you’re trying to sleep, your whole cycle could be thrown off (it’s that “my brain won’t shut off” problem).
- Hearing loss is connected to depression, and your sleep cycle can be disturbed by chemical imbalances caused by depression. This makes it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep.
Can Hearing Aids Improve Your Sleep?
According to one study, 44% of people with hearing loss who don’t use hearing aids reported being satisfied with their sleep in comparison to 59% sleep satisfaction among those who did wear a hearing aid. So does that guarantee it’s safe to presume hearing aids are also a type of sleep aid?
Not really. If you don’t suffer from loss of hearing, a hearing aid can’t cure insomnia.
But if you are suffering from loss of hearing, your hearing aids can manage several problems that may be worsening your insomnia:
- Isolation: Your not so likely to feel depressed and isolated if you can connect with people in your social circle when you’re out and about. Relationships become easier when you use hearing aids (sleep cycle issues that lead to “cabin fever” can also be decreased).
- Strain: The strain on your brain will essentially reduced by using hearing aids. And your brain will be less likely to strain while sleeping if it isn’t struggling all of the rest of the time.
- Tinnitus: Depending on the cause and nature of your tinnitus, hearing aids may provide an effective way of treating that ringing and buzzing. This can help short circuit that vicious cycle and help you get to sleep.
Using Hearing Aids to Achieve a Better Quality Sleep
It’s not just the number of hours that’s relevant here. Depth of sleep is as important as the number of hours. Hearing aids can enhance your ability to attain a restful nights sleep because hearing loss without hearing aids can reduce deep sleep.
it should be pointed out that even though they’ll help improve your sleep, the majority of hearing aids are not designated to be used overnight. When you’re sleeping they aren’t going to help your hearing (you won’t be able to hear your alarm clock more clearly, for instance). And your hearing aids can actually wear out faster if you use them during the night. It’s using them during the day that helps you get better sleep.
Go to Bed!
Getting a restful night’s sleep is a valuable thing. Ample sleep can keep your immune system in fighting shape, lessen stress levels, and help you think more clearly. A decreased risk of heart disease and diabetes have also been connected to healthy sleep habits.
When your sleep schedule is disturbed by your hearing loss, it’s not just a small irritation, insomnia can often become a serious health concern. Fortunately, most surveys document that people with hearing aids have better quality of sleep.