The Best Earplugs for Sleeping

Looking to sleep better? In this article we will review the best earplugs for sleeping so that you can choose the perfect ones for you!

The Best Earplugs For Sleeping

While a massive 30% of the global population is lacking in sleep, it plays an incredibly important role in your general health. As we all know, sleep is so important for good health, optimal focus and productivity. Yet many of us struggle with sleep. For some, the sleep habit is hard to master. for these people, a regular eight hours per night sleep pattern is impossible to achieve. Often this will be due to a medical condition. Stress and noise are also large obstacles to uninterrupted slumber.

Some people stay up late, while some are light sleepers and are kept up at night by loud noises. Desperately, some people resort to supplements or sleeping pills in order to help them sleep. But it need not be this way!

If any of these sleeping problems affect you, it could be that earplugs for sleeping are the best solution for this problem.

Escaping your noisy housemates or neighbours if often just a case of getting yourself a pair of earplugs and getting your head down. Such a simple solution can often offer be the temporary fix you need for a great sleep!

But which earplugs are the best earplugs for sleeping? After all, there are so many on the market. What makes one pair better for sleeping in than another?

Earplugs for sleeping are typically designed using soft and comfortable materials so that they don’t irritate you as you try to get to sleep.

In this blog post we examine the features that make a good pair of earplugs, whilst explaining the pros and cons of a number of popular brands and types of earplugs.

Who Should Wear Earplugs for Sleeping?

You should wear sleep earplugs if:

  • Your partner snores loudly at night
  • You are travelling and you want to sleep (e.g. on a flight or a train journey)
  • You live next to a generally loud area which impacts your sleep

Different Types of Earplugs for Sleeping

Mouldable Earplugs

Mouldable earplugs are normally made from silicone or wax and are putty-like so that they can be shaped as required. After you insert these earplugs into your ears, they will slightly expand to the shape of your ear. They can be used a number of times until they eventually become dirty or dry out.

These types of earplugs are an ideal choice for people who cannot wear other types of earplugs. This is because they conform exactly to each unique ear shape, making them are extremely comfortable to wear.

Wax earplugs are often recommanded for sleeping because the wax is softened by body heat. This lets them fit exactly to your ears for the most comfortable sleeping earplugs you can wear, even when you lie on them.

Disposable Sleep Earplugs
Perfect for travelling – these earplugs should only be used a few times and are generally made from a foam material.

Custom Sleep Earplugs
These earplugs are the most effective when it comes to sleep earplugs. A healthcare professional will take a custom mould of your ear before sending the mould off and ordering a custom set of earplugs for you. Since these earplugs are for the specific shape of your inner ear, they have proven to be very effective. However they also work out very expensive when compared to off-the-shelf alternatives.

6 Best Earplugs for Sleeping


Ohropax Classic Wax Earplugs

These leading wax earplugs are designed and made in Germany and have been a popular earplug since they were first invented in 1907!

The discreet, skin coloured wax that is soft and malleable to perfectly fit your ears. They are extremely comfortable to wear, which makes them perfectly suited for a peaceful night’s sleep without disturbances.

These earplugs are reusable and have a Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) of 23dB.

Moldex Pura Fit Earplugs

If you are looking for an earplug to use at night, this could be the one. High levels of noise reduction mean that they will easily block out noises from outside of your bedroom. and, if the cause of your disturbance is a sleeping partner, these earplugs can help block out that noise too!

We call these earplugs the “extra soft ones” as they are made from extra-soft, extra light foam. This makes them very comfortable to wear in bed, or wherever else you choose to sleep.

mack's dreamgirl earplugs

Mack’s Dreamgirl Earplugs

A good night’s sleep is your best partner in keeping you active and charged up. These earplugs from Mack’s are designed for sleeping and will allow you to get the rest you need at night. They are made from ultra soft foam to provide you with the maximum comfort and relaxation.

These earplugs are pink in colour which is pleasing to the eyes and have a Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) of 30dB.

Uvex X-Fit Earplugs

If you are looking for some great earplugs for sleeping, then you can’t go far wrong when you choose these Uvex X-Fit earplugs. These soft foam earplugs are the generic version of the, more expensive, Snore Blockers from Mack’s. Made with super soft foam these earplugs are perfect for extended wear in situations where extreme comfort is paramount. And just like the Macks’s earplugs, they are powerful snore blockers!

These earplugs also have a Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) of 37dB, which makes them snore blocking monsters!

Moldex Spark Plugs Earplugs

Spark Plugs Foam Earplugs

The extra-soft, extra-light foam that is used to make these earplugs makes them an easy earplug to wear in your ear, day or night. The fit inside your ear canal is perfect due to the tapered design of the earplug. The low pressure fit makes Spark Plugs an easy earplug for sleeping in, you may even forget that you are wearing them!

earplugs for sleeping

Alpine SleepSoft Earplugs for Sleeping & Snoring

A lovely earplug fro sleeping, these SleepSoft+ earplugs are manufactured from soft thermoplastic material. Once you start wearing them, the heat in the ear canal allows the earplug to adjust it’s shape for a more effective fit. The extended shape of the earplug also allows for extra muffling.

This is an earplug that has been deigned to let you to sleep as comfortably as possible. With no protrusion of the plug from the ear, you are still able to sleep on the side if that’s your preferred position.


Earplugs For Sleeping – Sample Bag

Not sure what to buy? Or fancy trying a few earplugs to find the best solution? No fear, just invest in an earplugs for sleeping sample bag and you will have a selction of earplugs to try out at your leisure. Once you have found the perfect earplugs for your ears, you can then come back to Zoom Health and buy more at great, internet only prices!

This post has been updated since its original publication in 2017.
Photo Credit: “DreamWalker” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Novafly
Zoom Health is a leading supplier of home health tests, earplugs and vitamins.

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