Disclaimer: This entry contains an affiliate link.Auditory processing disorder means my brain computes sound differently from most people. Since I can’t filter background noise out, insomnia can be a problem. Drugs aren’t an option for me, since I tend to react poorly to them, and while nature based solutions, like melatonin, help me fall asleep, they don’t keep me asleep.
I found other solutions. While I still have the occasional sleepless night, these things make a world of difference. As with all things, they may not work for everyone, but they are worth a try.
While there are white noise machines on the insomnia market, I use an air purifier. Others use fans, the television or air conditioning units instead. It doesn’t matter what you use to generate white noise, so long as it works for you.
It doesn’t help me filter loud noises, like a cat crying for attention, but it does help with the house settling or when our cats move around elsewhere. Otherwise, I wake up every time one of them walks across our bedroom floor or jumps down from something in another room.
I’d like to replace our old windows with new, noise canceling models, that’s not doable at this point. Instead, we use full coverage curtains in concert with insulating plastic to get rid of drafts. In addition to saving us some money on heating bills in the winter, it also cuts down a little bit on outside sound.
We also have blankets and pillows throughout three of the rooms I spend most of my time in. While those things don’t completely eliminate noise, they do muffle it a little bit. The fewer hard surfaces for sound to bounce off of, the better. Even something as simple as closing the door can help cut noise levels down.
Mental and Physical Health
The more stress I’m under, the more sensitive I seem to be to noise at night. While I’m far from perfect when it comes to health maintenance, when I get regular exercise, eat sensibly and keep a positive, realistic outlook on life, my auditory processing disorder symptoms aren’t quite as severe.
I prefer to run or hike outside, but that’s not possible in the winter, due to extreme cold. That’s where indoor exercises, like Pilates and yoga, come in. There are also ways to get in a little exercise during the day. For example, as I write this, I’m sitting on one of those yoga balls which allows me to work while using my legs to rock back and forth.
If you don’t want to join a gym or can’t afford afford it, here are a few ways to get exercise in during the day:
- Purchase at-home exercise systems.
- Change your routine to involve more movement, like parking further away from your destination to get more walking in, taking the stairs instead of an elevator or taking semi-frequent breaks to walk around.
- Stretch or do simple exorcises while watching tv or videos online.
- See if your workplace would be willing to replace your desk with a standing model or chair with a yoga ball. You can also check out some of the under-desk exercise units I’ll be adding to my Amazon Store after posting this entry.
- Do your chores to music that you can dance to.
Sleep is one of the most important things in anyone’s life, but this is doubly true for those of us in the neurodivergent neighborhood. It can be challenging, but there are always solutions. These have helped me, and maybe they’ll help you, too.