We all feel somewhat jaded when we fail to get a good night’s sleep. It seems that while we sleep our bodies recharge themselves and our minds are refreshed. When we are deprived of that resting period our energy levels and ability to get the most out of the day become diluted. If that sleep interruption continues over a few nights our ability to cope with the problems and challenges we meet in daily life can be seriously depleted.

During a night’s sleep we go through varying levels of consciousness. Even those who consistently have a good night’s sleep will at times approach wakefulness through the night. It is at these times that those people who suffer from any form of insomnia will come awake.

People coping with anxiety or those with particularly active minds usually find that once they wake in the night it is very difficult and sometimes all but impossible to drift back into sleep. This too is the time when the tinnitus sufferer has his nightmare. Once awake and in the quiet of the night they find themselves listening to the one sound that is always there with them, the tinnitus sound. In the dark and with little else to concentrate on the tinnitus sound becomes more and more invasive.

There are few options open to the tinnitus sufferer in the dead of night. Possibly getting up and going out of the bedroom and into another room to watch the television or to listen to some Silencil music for a while, if you can do it without disturbing the rest of the household, is an option. The downside of getting up is that it may wake you even more because to the body it can be like starting another day. It can also too easily become a habit.

A better option for the tinnitus sufferer is to listen to some quiet music or natural sound such as that of waves breaking on the shore line, a babbling brook or of rainfall. These natural sounds are of a comparable sound type to the tinnitus sound heard by most sufferers and have the effect of masking that tinnitus. Additionally the very soothing and therapeutic effect of them helps to induce sleep once more. Of course to avoid disturbing anyone else they are best listened to through earphones or better still a pillow speaker.

Tinnitus masking CDs are ideal for reducing the contrast between tinnitus and silence. They help the auditory system to become less tuned in to the tinnitus sound and act as a calming aid to relaxation. There are also sound therapy systems available which take this a stage further by delivering computer generated tinnitus masking noise in addition to a selection of soothing sounds. These come as standalone units some of which incorporate mood lighting and alarm clock functions. These are ideal to have at the bedside.

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