Why is my tinnitus worse at night?

Helen Cosgrove
Circulation Advisor
Ask Helen

01 February 2018

What is tinnitus?

Tinnitus is the sensation of hearing sounds such as ringing, buzzing, hissing as well as other noises. These sounds originate from within the body rather than from an outside source and can vary in loudness, intensity and can be continuous as well as separated by longer breaks of silence. It can be caused by a variety of factors such as exposure to excessive loud noises, earwax build-up, an ear infection, injury to the head or neck, some medications, the natural aging process and circulatory problems such as high blood pressure and diabetes.

What could make tinnitus worse at night?

The hustle and bustle of daytime activities can make your tinnitus seem less noticeable during the day. At night when things are usually quieter your tinnitus can come into focus more as there are not as many sounds that mask or distract your attention. 

Fatigue and stress can also be aggravating factors that can make tinnitus worse. Some believe that reduced and poor blood circulation at night restricts the amount of blood flowing through the capillaries which then results in heightened symptoms.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a specifically known cause for why tinnitus can seem worse at night however, there are several methods you can try to help reduce the severity of your symptoms.

1) Exercise

Exercise is a wonderful way to relieve many health ailments; it is a natural known stress reliever, beneficial for our physical body as well as our digestive and circulatory systems. In relation to tinnitus, exercise improves circulation which helps rid the body of toxins, and feed nutrients to the brain and auditory passage. This can, in turn, help to ease tinnitus symptoms.

Exercise is a fantastic stress-buster that releases endorphins in the body which increase pain thresholds and produce feelings of wellness. What’s more, exercising regularly also aids greatly in getting a good night’s sleep and for helping us to relax – which is great news if your tinnitus is particularly bothersome at night!

2) Tinnitus masking

Tinnitus masking aims to mask the internal sound of tinnitus. It is a device that usually fits within the ear canal and emits a sound designed to take a person’s mind off of their tinnitus symptoms. A similar method is using a tinnitus instrument which is a combination hearing aid and tinnitus masker. A tinnitus instrument amplifies outside sound and produces a distraction from the internal sound of tinnitus.

3) Herbal sleeping aids

When tinnitus symptoms get heightened at night it can interfere with our sleeping patterns and can eventually lead to loss of sleep and poor quality sleep. Herbal sleeping remedies are a great way to help ease you off into a natural, undisrupted sleep.  I’d recommend Dormeasan which contains only natural ingredients and so will not have any of the drowsy side effects that can come with sleeping pills.

4) Diet

Certain dietary factors can contribute or even cause some tinnitus symptoms so it’s important to consider your diet especially if your symptoms worsen suddenly. Excess salt has a direct effect on tinnitus because salt restricts blood vessels and increases blood pressure which, in turn, directly affects your tinnitus. Sugar is another one to be weary of as studies have shown that reducing sugar consumption and following a similar diet to that of diabetics showed a 76% improvement in tinnitus symptoms.1

5) Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo Biloba is a herb that helps to maintain healthy circulation as well as the blood flow to the brain. Traditionally the Ginkgo Biloba leaf was used for the relief of tinnitus symptoms; it is an antioxidant-rich herb that helps to improve circulation. Improved circulation, as we know, can be beneficial in cases of tinnitus as some believe the cause to originate in restricted capillaries in the auditory canals.

1 https://www.tinnitusformula.com/library/diet-and-tinnitus/

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