Earplugs for Sleeping

If you can’t get to sleep because of external noise. Or if your partner snores and it keeps you awake, you could benefit from using earplugs at night to aid restful sleep. At Zoom Health we have a wide range of earplugs that can help you get a good night’s sleep, including foam earplugs, silicone earplugs and wax earplugs.

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Top Earplugs For Sleeping: Minimise Snoring And Other Nocturnal Sounds

Is your neighbour playing loud music at night? Is your partner a loud snorer? These along with sirens blasting throughout the night will prevent you from having a restful night's sleep. If you don't have a good night's sleep, it could affect your mood, concentration and put you in a high-risk category for other health issues. The good news is that earplugs help to eliminate all those noises and help you get a restful sleep throughout the night.

You might be overwhelmed by the selection of earplugs available since they come in many sizes and different qualities. They are made from a variety of materials such as silicone, wax and foam. You need to get the earplugs to suit your needs. For instance, earplugs used for flying are not the same as earplugs used at a concert or to drown out snoring.

If you want to find the best earplugs for sleeping, there are a few things you need to look at including the kind of material used to make the earplugs and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Advantages Of Earplugs For Sleeping 

Research has shown that lack of sleep has both short and long-term negative impacts on health. Stroke, hypertension, heart attack, diabetes and depression are all negative health problems that result from lack of sleep according to researchers.

Your concentration and memory are also negatively impacted by a lack of sleep. Your brain is fatigued leaving you unable to concentrate or problem solve. You could also pack on the pounds and weaken your immune system if you don't sleep properly at night. You are also more susceptible to accidents with a lack of sleep. Insufficient sleep is just as hazardous to driving as drinking alcohol as per the Sleep Foundation.

This is where earplugs come in. In a setting where ICU sounds and light were recreated, researchers discovered that the quality of sleep dramatically increased when using earplugs and sleep masks. The time spent in REM sleep (a vital part of the sleep cycle) was increased by those wearing sleep masks and earplugs. Participants experienced waking up fewer times, increased melatonin levels, which is the hormone associated with helping us sleep.

When Buying Earplugs for Sleeping, Consider These Things

When you are selecting the best earplugs for sleeping , there are a few things you need to consider.

Are The Earplugs Comfortable?

Since you will be wearing the earplugs throughout the night, 8 hours or more, they have to be very comfortable. If they are uncomfortable in any way, it could make falling asleep even more difficult. Lie on your side to test how comfortable they will be. If you are unaware that they are in, then you know you have found the right earplugs.

Earplug Noise Reduction Effectiveness

Are the earplugs effective at blocking out noise? This is a priority for earplugs for sleeping. Blocking out snoring entirely might not be the goal, but getting the noise to a decibel level where it doesn't affect your sleep is the ideal situation. You still need to hear important sounds such as alarms.

Durability Of Earplugs

Certain earplugs are single use only. Other types are reusable. When considering reusable earplugs, you have to think about how they will remold to your ear canal every night. Reusable earplugs also have to withstand regular cleaning without the material deteriorating.

Easy To Use

Are the earplugs easy to insert and remove? When you are inserting or removing the earplugs, pain or discomfort should never be an issue. If they are challenging to use, you'll probably end up throwing them away.

Earplug Value

Earplugs come in a wide range of prices, from a couple of pence per pair to a few hundred pounds for custom-fitted ones.

Kinds of Earplugs For Sleeping 

Earplugs for sleeping are available in silicone, wax, foam and pre-moulded. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each type? Keep reading.

Silicone Earplugs

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In 1962 Ray and Cecilia Benner created the silicone earplug. With silicone earplugs, you can fold them to fit your ear just like wax earplugs. However, unlike wax earplugs, they return to their former shape like foam earplugs and they fit snugly into the ear canal to minimise the noise. Since silicone earplugs are comfortable and effective they are best used when sleeping next to a snorer.

Benefits Of Silicone Earplugs For Sleeping

Compared to foam or wax earplugs, silicone earplugs are more durable and they are reusable. They are comfortable enough to be worn all night and they do not leave any oily residue on pillows. Mack’s Pillow Soft Earplugs are the original silicone earplugs for sleeping and still one of the best.

Due to the tight seal and the fact that they are hidden in your ear canal, they are ideal for sleeping, swimming, concerts, traveling and drowning out snoring.

Disadvantages Of Silicone Earplugs For Sleeping

Compared to foam earplugs, silicone earplugs are more costly. Some people find them challenging when they first use them.

Wax Earplugs

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These were first mentioned during the ancient Greek times in The Odyssey. Odysseus was told to make earplugs from beeswax so that he could drown out the siren sounds that could prove deadly for him.

These earplugs are made by combining wax and paraffin and then coated with cotton. These earplugs are placed over the opening of the ear canal, not inside. Before placing them on your ear, you have to knead them in your fingers because they are hard at the beginning.

The most famous wax earplugs for sleeping are Ohropax Classic Wax Earplugs, which were first invented in 1907 and are still popular now.

Benefits Of Wax Earplugs For Sleeping

Since there's no build-up of pressure in the ear canal like foam earplugs, wax earplugs are usually more comfortable. Most people can wear wax earplugs because of the hypoallergenic ingredients which are soft on the skin. You have a good pair of wax earplugs if they are easy to insert and take out.

Disadvantages Of Wax Earplugs For Sleeping

Wax earplugs don't block out as much noise compared to foam earplugs. Most people don't like the sticky residue that remains on your fingers after needing the wax air plugs. Some people also find them awkward to insert. Wax your plugs tend to leave an oily spot on pillows.

Foam Earplugs

In 1972, Ross Gardner created the first foam earplugs. His inspiration was the headphone’s foam padding. Form earplugs are simple to use and are made of polyurethane or polyvinyl chloride (PVC) foam. Form a small cylinder by twisting the earplug between the index and thumb finger. Next, place the earplug into your ear canal. Hold a finger on the earplug until it expands in the ear canal.

Benefits Of Foam Earplugs For Sleeping

Foam earplugs expand into the ear canal and as a result, they are very good at blocking out noise like snoring. You have picked the perfect foam earplugs if they are soft and comfortable to wear all night.

Disadvantages Of Foam Earplugs For Sleeping

These kinds of earplugs are not durable and have to be replaced after only a few uses. As a result, they are not considered environmentally friendly. In some instances, they might not comfortably fit into the ear canal. Women and those with small ear canals might find these earplugs hard to insert and they might not stay in place properly.

Pre-Moulded Earplugs

PVC foam or silicone rubber is often used to make pre-moulded earplugs. Since they don't have to be moulded before fitting into your ear, this is why they're referred to as pre-moulded.

Some people might find it challenging to wear pre-moulded earplugs since they are harder compared to foam earplugs and they don't always fit snugly into the ear canal. These are not always the best earplugs for sleeping since they are not comfortable to be worn for extended periods.

Benefits Of Pre-Moulded Earplugs For Sleeping

Compared to form earplugs the pre-moulded ones are more durable. If they are clean properly they can be reused numerous times.

Disadvantages Of Pre-Moulded Earplugs For Sleeping

These earplugs are not as comfortable as foam, silicone or wax earplugs because they don't fit snugly into your ear canal. As a result, it is harder to find a pair that fits snugly and comfortably into the ear canal and blocks out outside noises.

So What Are the Best Earplugs For Sleeping?

Earplugs are a cost-effective way to address noise problems. It might be difficult to get your partner to stop snoring, however, with the right earplugs, you will be able to enjoy a restful night's sleep or drown out outside noises.

When looking for the best earplugs, consider comfort, durability, user-friendliness, noise reduction and overall value. Check out the wide selection in our store to find the earplugs that work best for you.