Tinnitus Relief With Stress Arousal And Relaxation Therapy
Here are some of the ways in which stress arousal affects you, how it interacts with tinnitus and how you can reduce it to help bring some much needed tinnitus relief.
Our starting point is the nervous system, which includes the brain, spinal cord and all the nerves that travel to every part of the body and back again.
Stress Arousal And Its Effects On The Body
Here’s an article I found which covers stress arousal and it’s specific implication on tinnitus.
One important division of the nervous system is between the voluntary nervous system and the autonomic nervous system (ANS), or automatic nervous system.
The voluntary nervous system is so called because it operates under your control. For example, if you want to make a phone call, you must remember to do so, then a message travels from your brain, down your spinal cord to your arm and hand and you pick up the phone. It happens because you want it to happen and you remember to make it happen.
In the ANS, things happen without you needing to remember to make them happen. In other words, they happen autonomously or automatically. For example, you do not have to remember to keep your heart beating or to breathe.
The ANS does more than just keep your heart beating, though. It will speed it up if you run for a bus and slow it down as you fall asleep, without you needing to make any conscious decision for any of this to happen. It is a remarkable and powerful system. The ANS keeps your lungs working and allows them to speed up, and slow down, as necessary. It regulates your blood pressure and your temperature. You don’t consciously think to get goose bumps and shiver when cold or to sweat when hot; the ANS does this for you. The system automatically governs the level of tension in your muscles, allowing them to contract or extend as you do things, such as walking, writing or making a cup of tea. Your digestive processes are also governed by the ANS, as are many aspects of the skin – galvanic skin resistance, or GSR for short, for example, which is what lie detectors measure. Your ears are also under ANS control. Ordinarily, your ears allow you to locate sound, they help you to balance and work out where you are in space without you needing to make any conscious effort. In fact, most things in the body are controlled automatically.
There are two subdivisions within the ANS that regulate the body in different ways
- the sympathetic ANS speeds the body up and, in so doing, it uses energy;
- the parasympathetic ANS slows the body down, saving energy.
When the sympathetic part is in operation, the different body functions tend to go faster. Unless you are doing something such as physical exercise, you may notice this in the form of things that are a little out of the ordinary. For example, your heart will beat faster, so you may notice your heart racing or palpitations. The upper part of your digestive system is the exception to this rule – it tends to slow down and, as a consequence, you may get butterflies or feel nauseous.
The result of increased activity in most bodily symptoms may be a greater feeling of tiredness. Despite this, you may not sleep well because the body needs a lower level of activity if you are to sleep.