There are many people who are unable to get sound sleep when they go to bed at night. Particularly if there are undesired noises coming from the background. Big cities are usually fairly noisy. Fortunately, there are very simple things that one can do like sleeping with earplugs which will make it easier for you to sleep.
Limiting the noise is the priority and can easily be accomplished just closing the windows. This simple step will minimize noise levels and give you some good sleeping hours. Or if your sleeping environment is noisy, you can insulate the doors and windows to make your room sound-proof.
These are the measures you can adapt to minimise the noise coming from outdoors, but what about the indoor noises?
For example, someone is snoring or a noisy neighbour, playing loud music from next door. The easiest and quickest thing you can do is to sleep with earplugs.
7 Best Tips for Sleeping with Earplugs
Here are few simple tips you can follow to get sound and comfortable sleeping hours with earplugs. They are:
1) Always use earplugs in Clean and Dry Ears
When you pick up your earplugs you should ensure that you clean your hands. That way, you don’t transfer dirt, dust or any other irritants to your earplugs before you put them into your ears. Before inserting the earplugs, it is vital that your ears are clean and dry. In case of silicone earplugs, you must ensure that the ear opening and the surrounding area is also dry and clean. Your ears should not be moist or sticky as sleeping with earplugs won’t fit properly. You should wash your hands before touching earplugs. If wet earplug gets dusty, they may cause itching, irritation or a tickling sensation.
2) Insert the earplugs properly and do not push them deep inside
In order to insert the earplugs, you need to keep them compact enough to fit in your ears. Roll it between your fingers until it is small enough. Make sure that there are no wrinkles as they tend to allow sound to pass through. Then hold the top of the ear and gently pull it upwards opening your ear canal. To be assured they don’t fall during the night; leave only a bit of it protruding out.
If you are using silicone earplugs, you can simply place it over the ear canal and flatten it to form an airtight seal. To take it out, you can simply press the ear from behind. Some people find that silicone earplugs are more pleasant to use as they don’t interfere with the ear canal.
For detailed instructions on how to fit earplugs, read our blog post: Do You Know How to Properly Insert Your Foam Ear Plugs?
3) Unclean or dirty earplugs may cause itchiness inside the ears
All types of earplugs cannot be reused. Basically reusable earplugs can be reused for a maximum of 3 to 4 times. This instruction is printed on the label.
If you prefer long-lasting earplugs you should opt for rubber or plastic earplugs since they allow you to wash them. To use such earplugs you should slightly project the bud towards your nose and then slide it into the ear canal as far as it will go comfortably. They will empower the wearer to hear the voices in surrounding but blocks the annoying noises.
4) Eliminate the feeling of discomfort
Sleeping with earplugs can often cause discomforting sensations like itchiness, your heartbeat is audible to you, or some sort of pressure is felt in the ear canal. If you feel any kind of uncomfortableness simply try to adjust the placement of the earplug or take another pair. Clean your ears with hot water and cotton buds if needed. You should change the earplugs if it does not fit in your ears.
5) Earplugs should be kept in a clean and safe place after usage
Carrying cases for the earplugs are provided by many producers. Earplugs can be kept in that special box or case in order to protect it from dust and dirt. They should NOT be kept in the fridge, near heaters or in locations with high temperature or humidity.
Our Earplugs for Flying selection comes with a carry case, which is handy when you want to tuck earplugs into your hand luggage on the plane.
6) Keep changing the type of earplugs until you find the most convenient pair for you
Try sleeping earplugs made of various materials – rubber, silicone, plastic or foam. Even the foam ones have varieties – after wearing some you may find it finer and gentle than others. Up to 2 to 3 different sizes and forms of earplugs can be tried until you find the best for you. Sometimes changing earplugs helps us in a better way and give a pleasant feeling as well as comfort to your ears.
Buying an earplug sample bag is often the easiest and quickest way of trying out a variety of deirrent earplugs at the same time. At Zoom Health, we offer a men’s earplug sample bag and a women’s earplug sample bag, which contain our most popular foam, silicone and wax earplugs for you to try.
7) Your exposure to the level of noise should be examined before selecting a pair for yourself
If you need protection from high-level noise high-quality disposable foam earplug can be used. The one which is NRR rated 28-29dB or high earplugs will be perfect. If your environment isn’t too noisy, then a lower NRR silicone earplug might work great for you. Wearing earplugs on the times when you are exposed to a level of noise of above the level of normal conversation will help prevent long-term hearing problems.
Eventually, they will get more comfortable to use and you will adjust to them. Only your alarm, fire alarm or the sound of someone nearby yelling at you to wake you up when you’re late is the only noise that will get through the earplug barrier.
This post has been updated since its original publication in 2017.