Why is it that my tinnitus in the morning is more heightened?

Hi Folks

Is tinnitus in the morning more pronounced or not?Tinnitus In the Morning

Why is it that certain people feel that is worse when they go to bed as opposed to when they get up? Is there a reason for this? Is it something that we are doing that affects the intensity of the tinnitus?

As we know, tinnitus is the brain’s perception of noises. These noises may range from ringing, whistling, cicadas or roaring sounds. It is a symptom rather than an actual disease or condition. We also know that to the person suffering from tinnitus, that the condition is very real.

I for one can vouch for this a 100 percent. Its intensity can vary from mild to severe and changes from one day to the next. If you look back at one of my articles titled, Tinnitus changes you, I discuss my ways of not letting tinnitus dictate to me what I can and cannot do. At the end of the day I find the key is in  giving less power to the tinnitus. By getting your mind more active and focused on things that have meaning in your life, gives less attention to the noises in your head.

Don’t Give Up

There are various things that we can do to get our mind to concentrate on things either than the annoying tinnitus. The important thing to remember is not to get despondent. Especially if something does not work. You just need to push forward as something will work. It’s just a question of finding out what that something is.Tinnitus In the morning

I too am also on a learning curve with my tinnitus and love to share with you these options. Some things, I have tried and others I have not. Some work better than others and other options do not work at all. This is how it goes with tinnitus.

By us chatting here and sharing our experiences we can learn from each other and find ways to deal with tinnitus.

Before I get into discussing our feature subject, on whether tinnitus is more aggravating in the morning, I would like to first update you on my past week away from blogging.

The benefits of taking a break and relaxing and the effects that it had on my tinnitus.

A break from Writing

My wife and I, along with my brother and his partner decided to take a getaway to the coast. It was a much needed break considering that we did not go anywhere from December last year.

From our experience, we have come to realise that this time of the year is just the best time to get away. The reason is, that it’s just before the rush of the school holidays, and it’s more quieter and peaceful. And when I return home, then all schools would have closed for the summer break, and that’s when everyone decides to go to the coastline, which leaves the inlands more peaceful and relaxed. So I end up benefiting both ways.Tinnitus in the morning

We were fortunate enough to have had the weather turn out great, the breakfasts being top notch, the people being friendly, and the beach was at its best with warm waters and fantastic sun-bathing. Apart from these benefits, the one thing that this break really helped me with, was with my tinnitus.Tinnitus in the morning

Apart from the view, was the everlasting melody of the waves crushing to shores and clashing with each other. It felt to me like I had turned on the radio for the very first time. Just hearing these waves almost instantaneously masked my tinnitus. I did not even have the need to wear my hearing aid and it felt very strange not having it on. It felt weird, but uplifting at the same time.

In addition, the whole atmosphere of the place was de-stressing. The fact that I did not have to worry about work and that I could just chill and do things at my own leisure, psychologically sent me into my own world of peace and calmness.

This just put the brakes on the pressures of life and automatically forced my tinnitus to take the back seat. Don’t get me wrong, the roaring noises were still there but because of the change in environment, there was less attention given to my tinnitus.

I observed a pattern when it came to the intensity of my tinnitus in the mornings. I noticed that every morning during my stay, my hearing was slightly better, than what it had been back home. This was indeed strange. Okay, so the environment was different and relaxing but something within me begged the question,

Could there be something else? Could there be another reason as to why my tinnitus was slightly different in the morning?

I had to look deeper into this….

Tinnitus in the morning, an investigation

For me the one thing that was different was the pillow that I was using. At the hotel, the pillow was higher and therefore my head was elevated whilst I slept. Is it possible that something as trivial as this could be a reason for my tinnitus being less pronounced?

I suggested in one of my earlier posts the possibility of your sleeping position affecting your tinnitus. This however, just completely slipped my mind and now its seems that such a notion should be taken into account. The theory here, is related around improving blood flow to the ear region.Tinnitus in the morning

Tinnitus can be therefore be influenced by certain positions. Positions such as lying down or tilting your head too much to one side can aggravate the pressure and affect the blood flow to the nerves, muscles or blood vessels.

As Dr Tomas Coleman stated in his book the Tinnitus Miracle,( a book that is dedicated to employing natural therapies that one can carry out to find relief from Tinnitus.)

Morning Roar is common among many Tinnitus Sufferer….Some simple ways others have found to alleviate this extra noise..”

He recommends that, ‘Sleeping with your head elevated – by using a bed edge or several pillows,’  can help to stop the congestion of blood in your ear canal, which can lessen the symptoms of tinnitus.

To test this theory when I returned home, I added another pillow onto my existing one when I went to bed. To my surprise, I found there to be a slight difference in my tinnitus. Any breakthrough no matter how big or small is a good sign.

⇒Learn more The Tinnitus Miracle? Click here to check out my review of the e-book.⇐

Just a word of caution,  if you are going to try this out, you don’t want to put a really high pillow as you may end up adding insult to injury, with a stiff neck.

Fighting TINNITUS with different weapons

My tinnitus over the last few days has been less bothersome. I would say that a number of factors helped in this regard.

Just to summarise, they were:

  1. Stress Levels being down,
  2. Less ATTENTION focused on Tinnitus,
  3. Change in sleeping position,
  4. Presence of natural maskers, and
  5. Calmness and Peaceful state of Mind.


It’s only fair to say that my story is not reflective of everyone’s situation. Some people wake up with no tinnitus and then as the day progresses on, it dominates and frustrates them. Equally some people find that tinnitus is worse in the morning than at any other time of the day.

What about Tinnitus at Night?Tinnitus in the morning

Silence is a nightmare for us tinnitus sufferers. Much to the point of having to use things like maskers, noise generators, and sedative and hypnotic agents to allow for a good night’s sleep.

I will discuss the use of these tools in further posts, so please do visit again.

What have you noticed with regards to your tinnitus? Have you found your tinnitus in the morning to be  more pronounced or not?

Does changing your sleep postures help?

I sincerely appreciate your time and value your input, comments or opinions.

Hope that you enjoyed reading this article.

I look forward to hearing from you.

All the best to you in beating your tinnitus.











  1. Robert

    Interesting information, I don’t have any of those issues, but my wife suffers from some of them. I don’t know if she has tinnitus or not, but it is something worth checking into.
    I will definitely have her check with the doctor the next time she goes in to see her and ask about the symptoms. I know she would like to have relief from the pain as it tends to shut her down.
    Thank you for the information

    • Roopesh

      Hi Robert.

      Thank you for sharing.

      If you would like to know more about tinnitus, please feel free to browse around here.I have some information that can give you a better idea of this condition.

      I think that getting her checked out by the doctor, is most definitely the right avenueto follow.

      I hope and pray that she finds relief for the pain.

      If there is anything that I can assist with, please let me know.

      All the best to the both of you.



  2. Kelly

    The internet is a source for good information. When I opened this post and saw Tinnitus, I initially thought you mearnt Tetanus… but I kept reading and found out this is a different condition entirely. Even though I never knew about this, I just learnt something today and I see people do suffer from this. Thank you for informing me today. Tinnitus

    • Roopesh

      Hi Kelly

      The internet is amazing when you looking for information. Sometimes, you can get lost in the process and end spending hours and find that you are on a completely different topic than you initially started of with.

      Yes tinnitus and tetanus are certainly two different things. Glad though that you have learned about something here.

      Kind Regards


  3. Jess


    It is so awesome that you decided to take some time away and it sounds like it was very relaxing for you! I am lucky enough to only live a few blocks from the ocean and I go often just to sit in the sand and enjoy the calm.

    Stress can worsen so many different conditions. I never understood that until I started researching my chronic conditions and what could alleviate the pain.

    I was very interested in the fact that you found relief by adding a pillow to change your neck position while sleeping. I am going to try that. Thanks!


    • Roopesh

      Hi Jess

      Boy you are really lucky. I would do anything just to live close by to the ocean. Just hearing the waves is relaxing, uplifting and soothing for the mind and body.

      Stress is responsible for a number of conditions and ailments.The key is to control it and keep it at bay. To not let it get to the point of hurting your body.

      Let me know how it goes after having used an additional pillow.

      Take Care and Best of Regards


  4. Vic

    Tinnitus seems like a very difficult condition to live with. Fortunately I have never suffered from its symptoms but I know a few people who have. They all seem to suffer from it more when they are stressed or in quite chaotic surroundings. This seems to fit in with what you said about being in a relaxed and calm environment being helpful. Good luck with your blog, some really great info in here 🙂

    • Roopesh

      Hi Vic

      Thank you for your comment.

      Yes, it can certainly be a challenge to live with and I am glad that you do not suffer from it.

      Tinnitus is certainly more intensified when an individual is in a stressful environment. The good news is that there is a lot that can be done and we are trying new things all the time.

      So there is hope for all tinnitus sufferers.

      Thanks for stopping by.

      Everything of the best to you.


  5. Shannon

    I have only occasionally had tinnitus, how terrible it would be to have it all the time. I can never hear what people are saying cause all you can do is concentrate on the ringing. It is so interesting to think sleep position could have an effect on it. My Mom always says its the rocks in your inner ear that cause most ear problems. What are those things called again?

    • Roopesh

      Hello Shannon

      It really is not nice to have tinnitus all the time, to say the least.

      Its really hard for me to say, what she means by the “rocks in your inner ear,” Perhaps she may be referring to the cochlea or cila, these are the fine hair cells, which if destroyed by any insult such as loud noise for instance, can cause tinnitus.

      Does she have the tinnitus constantly, or is it more pronounced in the morning or evening?

      Looking forward in hearing from you.



  6. Aaron

    To be honest, I have never heard of this condition before. It sounds like it can be a lot to deal with and I would just like to say that what you are doing here is a good thing. Also, as far as being a website goes I can tell you are very knowledgeable about this. Maybe more people need to hear about this condition?

    • Roopesh

      Hi Aaron

      Thank you for the comment.

      Yes, roughly around 10-15%percent of the population experience Tinnitus.So, it really is an issue.

      Since I too suffer from this condition, I have developed this site with the intention of helping fellow Tinnitus sufferers.

      Let’s see how time goes along and I hope to help as many people as I can

      Take Care


  7. SJB

    I really like the way that you think. “Don’t give it the power”…that is so awesome and you know what? You are so right! I don’t have this as an ongoing problem but it has happened to me before. I am lucky, it went away. It’s not always easy to ignore, but your tip about not giving it power most certainly does work. Thank you.

    • Roopesh

      Thank You for your kind words.

      I am happy that your tinnitus had gone away.

      I believe that our minds are extremely powerful and therefore, we can use this to our advantage.

      Thanks for stopping by



  8. jazzy323

    I normally get my tinnitus more in the night than the morning so this article was definitely interesting to read. I suffer from chronic sinnuses so this is probably a major cause of my tinnitus but i am currently trying to deal with it the best i can. The sleeping position is definitely an interesting point and i will definitely trying different positions and see whether it has an effect

    • Roopesh

      Hi Jazzy

      It is interesting to see that your tinnitus is more frequent at night.

      If you tinnitus is as a result of sinuses, then it’s a good thing.You know the cause and can certainly treat the sinuses.

      Let me know how it goes with changing of the sleep positions.



  9. Curt

    Interesting website Roopesh,

    I’ve never heard of tinnitus before, but can understand how this would be annoying to live with.

    A friend of mine has constant ringing in his ears due to playing in a band for so many years and not protecting his ears during shows and rehearsals.

    Is that a form of tinnitus?

    • Roopesh

      Hi Curt

      Yes, people who often play in the band or who are surrounded by loud music on a constant basis, can be prone to getting Tinnitus.

      It is something, that I wish no one should suffer from,as it is not a very good experience.

      Thanks for your visit.

      All the best


  10. an interesting topic. its very much important to get such information. i am experiencing tinnitus of none stopage but its severe in the morning. i think the root cause of my tinnitus i poor sleep I have experienced before 9 years. is there any relationship between tinnitus in on side and poor sleep and poor diet on the other side.

    thank you

    • Hi Dyer
      It is a little tough for me to answer that question. The reason is that I believe there is no ONE cause of Tinnitus.

      What may necessarily affect your tinnitus may Not aggravate mine. Having said that, I have experienced poor sleep patterns to have an impact on my hearing.

      The same goes for certain salty foods. Check out my article, on “The Foods that aggravates Tinnitus to learn more.”


  11. Cate Glezos

    Hi Roopesh
    I have had tinnitus now for several years. Some mornings it is very loud and I’ve noticed an added uneasiness in myself that coincides with this for no apparent reason. Due to long road trips, my neck is quite sore at present and I wonder if this may be a contributing factor. Stress can also cause people to tense up….maybe reducing the flow of blood to the brain. Also may be due to commencing diet shakes that I note has a variety of unknown ingredients and a sweetener that is upsetting my stomach and may be affecting my tinnitus too. Will stop taking this and also try sleeping on a higher pillow as you suggest. So frustrating trying to pin point the reason for tinnitus changes and intensity. Like you though I keep my mind open to trying new ideas in the hope the tinnitus will be less annoying.
    Thanks for the new idea.
    Kind regards

    • Hey Cate
      You are most welcome.
      Yes, it is hard to pinpoint exactly what the main trigger really is.I know that initially, it can drive you batty because you really not sure which problem you should give your attention to. Try to work on a process of elimination or trial and error. Cut or minimize the shakes for a week.Definitely and as far as possible keep the Stress levels at bay.

      Some days will be better than others. I have noticed it and the days that you are having it rough, do not beat yourself up. Tell yourself that you are trying your very best and it’s okay…

      Take Care

  12. Jade

    I have tinnitus for 7 months and was getting used to ringing and it didn’t bother me, the past 2 weeks weeks the ringing has got louder and it’s really getting me down. I’ve been to the doctor numerous times and they said in both ears I have really dry wax and she was unable to see both eardrums. The doctor suggests hydrochloric ear drops but I’m so worried about putting things in my ears in case it makes it worse. I woke one night with the ringing in my ear, I wasn’t exposed to any loud noise before hand.

    • Hi David
      I know what you are talking about. I find that if I do get the right amount of hours of sleep,my tinnitus gets more fired up for the day.
      Take Care

  13. Jack

    When I first noticed the ringing in my ears, I immediately recognized it as tinnitus. I also immediately remembered my father telling me a story decades ago about a guy who wanted to kill himself because of the incessant ringing and discomfort. Thank goodness he told me that story and I remembered, because I immediately made the decision to embrace it as part of my experience, not to focus on it and fight it. It’s been getting progressively worse over the years and now it is quite loud. While my hearing is okay when I go for testing, my ability to hear people talk or a movie is quite impacted; I really have to turn up the volume. I had a back injury and two back surgeries after a very bad fall on concrete and I believe that is what triggered the onset. I also notice all the pressure in my ears like I’m in a plane coming in the land. I’m only just in my 50s now, so I really have zero idea of how bad it will get or if something changes and it goes away. I have no idea. Certainly the most important things I do is to breathe in acceptance of it when I’m focusing on it too much and getting irritated and I have a sound machine next to my head when I sleep. My heart goes out to anyone who suffers with this incessant ringing and pressure. It’s always nice to find an article like yours, but of course, I’m always disapointed that I didn’t find out about some miracle cure that works lol. I hope you didn’t take that the wrong way. I wish you all the very best and thank you for sharing your experience and suggestions. I will check back with your site in a bit.

    • No, do not stress. I did not take any offense whatsoever. Yes, it would be nice to have a cure. Thank you so very much for sharing with us your story. Really value it and appreciate it.

  14. Clairetta Anderson

    I notice the Tinnitus gets louder in the early morning hours. Generally, it starts around 4 A.M.
    I have the whistling type that is 24/7. Occasionally, I get a high pitched ringing also.
    Recently, it has become louder than even before. I have no idea why.
    I just turned 75 and know I have a slight hearing problem in my left ear that may be attributed to my husband insisting on listening to loud music in the past. He also has Tinnitus, but, apparently, it isn’t as loud as what I have.
    I found some videos that claim to help with the intensity by using Accupressure. I tried using them, but to no avail. But, one video where a doctor shared behavioral treatment really helped.
    What I learned is to not cut out all outside stimulus, such as, listening to music. But he suggested to do things gradually until the brain stops or doesn’t cover the gaps from your ears to it. This, I found to be more helpful than anything else I’ve tried.
    Hopefully, something will be done to help all of us. I look forward to that day.

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