Sleeping with earplugs: 7 Useful Tips

Sleeping with EarplugsNot everyone can find sleep when they hit the bed at night. Especially if there are unnecessary noises coming from the background. If you live in the big city for instance you’ll find that there is a lot of noise. Fortunately there are simple things like sleeping with earplugs one can do that will make things easier for him/her to sleep.

Blocking out the noise will be a priority and can be easily done so by just closing the windows. This will reduce it to a minimal to make it comfortable to sleep. Or if you sleep in a noisy area you can make your room sound proof. This requires a bit of insulations for the door and windows.

That is for noise emanating from outside, but what about the noise coming from inside?

Someone snoring for instance or a very noisy neighbor blasting music from next door. Well the easiest and quickest advice is for you to be sleeping with earplugs.

Top 7 Tips For Sleeping With Earplugs

There are simple tips you can follow to sleep better and more comfortable with earplugs. Here they are:

1) Use earplugs only on clean and dry ears
Before picking up your earplugs you should make sure your hands are clean so you don’t transfer dust, dirt or any other smudges to your earplugs and your ears. It is important to clean and dry your ears and ear canal before putting the earplugs. For silicone earplugs you have to make sure that the area around ear opening is also clean and dry. Your ears should not be wet because the sleeping earplugs cannot fix well. You have to touch with washed hands only. If you put dust or wet on the earplugs they may cause itchy, tickle or irritation. Hygiene is a priority.

2) Insert earplugs properly and try not to push your ears too much
In order to insert the earplugs you first need to make them small enough to fit. Roll it between your fingers until its small enough. Ensure there are no wrinkles as they tend to allow sound through. Then grasp the top of the ear and gently pull upwards opening your ear canal. Just to make sure they don’t fall off during the night leave only a bit of it sticking out.

For those using silicone earplugs you simply place it over the ear canal and flatten to form an airtight seal. And do not insert into the ear canal and to remove you simply press up behind the ear. You may feel more comfortable using silicone earplugs as they do not interfere the ear canal.

3) When get dirty the earplugs may cause itchy inside your ears
Not all types of earplugs can be reused. Generally reusable earplugs should be used a maximum of 3-4 times. This you can find written on the label.

In case you prefer long lasting you should go for plastic or rubber earplugs. They allow one to wash them. To use these you slightly tip the bud towards your nose and slide it into the ear canal as far as it will comfortably go. They will allow the wearer to hear the voices around but blocks the annoying ones.

4) Avoid discomfort feeling
Sleeping with earplugs often can cause discomfort like itchy, pressure in your ear canal or you can hear your heart beating. If you feel any discomfort just try to change the position of the earplug or take a new pair. If needed clean your ear with hot water and cotton buds and change the earplug if it doesn’t fit to your ear. This should help.

5) Keep earplugs in a safe and clean place after use
Many producers provide carry case for the earplugs. Keep yours in this special box or case in order to protect from dust and other impurities. Do not put them in the fridge, near heaters or places with high humidity or high temperature.

6) Change the type of earplugs until you find the most comfortable ones for you
Try sleeping earplugs made of different materials – silicone, foam, rubber, plastic. Even the ones made of foam are different – some you will feel finer and softer than others. Try also 2-3 different sizes and forms until you find the best for you. Sometimes it helps to change them and give another feeling and comfort to your ears.

7) Consider the level of noise you are exposed
If you need a high level noise protection you have to use a high quality disposable foam earplug. Those NRR rated 28-29dB or high will do. If you are disturbed by less noise then silicone earplugs with lower NRR will work perfectly for you. Wearing earplugs anytime you are exposed to noise above a level that allows normal conversation can help prevent long-term hearing.

After a while they will become comfortable to wear and one will get used to them. Only the sound of your alarm, fire alarm or someone close-by yelling at you to wake up you’re late will be the only thing getting through.