Is there a link between your hearing and a good night’s sleep?
Posted on Mar 29, 2016
Our hearing is a precious thing, a vital part of the way we experience the world. It is the sense that allows us to watch a movie in full surround sound, appreciate your favourite song on the radio and participate in conversations with your family and friends.
However, what you may not have realised is that you could be compromising your hearing by less than favourable sleep patterns. Here we are taking a look at the link between sleep and your hearing.
The role of sleep
As you may already be aware, we don't only sleep in order to rest up for the day ahead. The hours we spend with our eyes shut are also an opportunity for our body to regenerate and heal any injuries as well as maintain other vital systems.
Amongst the areas of our body that require restoration during sleep is the brain – many of us will have experienced how difficult it is to stay alert and focussed when we are sleep deprived. However, research points towards the temporal lobe in particular – one of the areas responsible for comprehending sound as language – as being affected by sleep deprivation.
When a person is sleep deprived, activity in this part of the brain is markedly lower than in those who are well rested1,2. This can potentially result in hindering the temporal lobe from optimal functioning, requiring more effort for people with untreated hearing loss who lip read3.
To try and optimise your sleep routine, you should aim to stick to a consistent bed time, endeavouring to achieve the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep each night.
However, even if you are sleeping well and you find you are having difficulties with your hearing, it could be time to talk to a professional. You can click here or call 1300 308 125 to request a no cost* appointment with your local HEARINGLife clinic today.
1APA, How does the brain catch up? Accessed March, 2016
2Bryn Mawr College, The Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Brain and Behaviour. Accessed March, 2016
3Healthy Hearing, Sleep your way to better hearing. Accessed March, 2016