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There is a lot that can affect your hearing and staying healthy in every way is essential to keep every part of your body working, including your ears.
Within your ear, there are thousands of nerve endings and blood vessels, and if these become under stress, then it can cause damage and affect how you hear. Lack of sleep or sleep disorders can cause stress and therefore, cause issues with your ear. Sleep disorders are often linked with health issues such as obesity and high blood pressure, but there is also a great link with inflammation and how it affects your inner ear. Good circulation is also essential for your ear health; for example, think about your foot if you sit on it and stop the flow you get pins and needles. Imagine the same for your ear, but instead of sitting on your foot, it’s obesity and heart disease that is stopping the blood flow to your ear which can then have long term effects on your hearing.
Research has also shown that people who sleep well and are well rested have better and more active temporal lobes. These are the parts of the brain which process sound and then interprets it as language. People who aren’t getting enough sleep don’t always show activity in this area, and this is probably because the brain is trying to conserve its resources.
If you do struggle to fall asleep and to stay asleep throughout the night, then you should see your doctor, but you could also see experts in hearing care to see if there’s anything related. Your doctor may even refer you on to an ear specialist or a sleep specialist.
Sleep apnea is a widespread disorder, and it affects millions of people, but it has now been found that it could be an indicator of hearing loss.
It could also be that you do have poor sleep habits, so have a look at your nighttime routine and check that you’re doing everything you can to have a good night’s sleep. Make sure you have a bedtime and stick to it, your body will get used to it, and this will help it to relax and get prepared for bedtime each night. Don’t have caffeine or alcohol before bed as these can disrupt your sleep massively. Also, try and exercise daily, you’ll be surprised the difference this makes, but after a couple of days you’ll be sleeping so well you’ll feel like a new person. Just try and relax before bed by reading a book or having a hot bath and finally, step away from your phone! The light can interfere with your sleep, and it keeps your brain active, which is not what you want before going to sleep.