As a person with Tinnitus, I've been trying various things to deal with this condition. One of the upsetting aspects is that falling asleep is very difficult, because of the constant noise. At times it feels that falling asleep can take more than an hour, I keep twisting in my bed until my body is completely exhausted - then I have no choice but to do an "emergency shutdown".
This implies that even though I'm in bed for over 8 hours, I still feel tired in the morning; going to bed early doesn't seem to help me get more sleep.
I once made an interesting observation - when I go to sleep playing an audiobook (no headphones), next morning I resume playback and can't remember what the book is about. I rewind the story a little bit, until I reach a moment that sounds familiar.
Thus I have empirically established that when I fall asleep listening to an audiobook or a podcast - I doze off in 20 to 30 minutes.
Without audio - all I 'hear' is the tinnitus, and this is a completely different experience.
So here's a trick you could try:
- go to bed playing an audiobook
- next morning check how much of it you remember, then compute how long it took to fall asleep
- then compare this with the normal time to fall asleep
If this works for you, then you'll observe that this method lets you fall asleep faster. As a side effect, you get to dive into an interesting story (-:
I use MortPlayer for Android, as it has an "off timer" feature.
Good luck, and please share your experience with me.