Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Better Sleep With Earplugs
Old 04-06-2009, 05:41 PM   #1
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
TromboneAl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 11,201
Better Sleep With Earplugs

A few weeks ago I tried sleeping with earplugs in because there was a neighbor who would come and go at late hours. I was surprised to find that I sleep much better in general with earplugs.

I generally sleep pretty well, but often wake up in the middle of the night and can't get back to sleep for a while. I find that that hardly ever happens with earplugs in. I've been using them for two weeks now, and most nights I've slept through with only a few brief awakenings.

My conclusion is that without earplugs random noises (car, animal, etc) wake me up, and perhaps put me into "alert mode" without me even realizing the source of the noise. And/or perhaps the simple lack of auditory noise is more restful.

The only problem is discomfort from the earplugs. I've found if I use Hearos Ulitimate Softness plugs, and only put them halfway in, it's not too bad. Also, the Mack's silicone "cover-the-opening" type work pretty well, but if I try to reuse them, they aren't sticky enough, and they fall off.
__________________

__________________
Al
TromboneAl is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 04-06-2009, 06:02 PM   #2
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
NW-Bound's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 19,449
Quote:
Originally Posted by TromboneAl View Post
A few weeks ago I tried sleeping with earplugs in because there was a neighbor who would come and go at late hours. I was surprised to find that I sleep much better in general with earplugs.
Are you trying to be politically correct, and not blaming the decibels from your wife snoring?

What is the neighbor doing at night? Some illicit activities?

I will freely admit that our own snoring causes each other problems. Due to my hay fever, I have a small air filter that is standing right by my bedside. Its fan has enough white noise that I get so used to. I would not be able to sleep well without it, as the constant noise masks out other noises.
__________________

__________________
NW-Bound is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2009, 06:08 PM   #3
Full time employment: Posting here.
Darryl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 577
Al, you probably won't be disturbed by the broken glass and the burglar or the smoke detector going off either.

I have used ear plugs a few times and agree with you. They help but they are not comfortable. I've also used a hepa filter and agree with NW the white noise helps.
__________________
I highjacked a rainbow and crashed into a pot of gold - Bon Jovi
Darryl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2009, 06:08 PM   #4
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
grumpy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 1,321
My wife has slept with ear plugs for at least 20 years due to my loud snoring. Now that I am on a CPAP machine I don't snore anymore but she still uses them.
__________________
grumpy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2009, 07:13 PM   #5
Full time employment: Posting here.
hankster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 645
I sometimes have to work night shifts and have found that an electric fan running in the bedroom covers little noises that would normally wake me up. We even run a fan when sleeping at night now. Small household creaks and distant traffic noises are covered, but smoke detectors, forced entry etc. could still be heard.
__________________
"There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no independence quite so important, as living within your means." Calvin Coolidge
hankster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2009, 07:32 PM   #6
Administrator
Janet H's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Pacific NW
Posts: 4,957
Many years ago I had a set of custom ear plugs made in the hopes of staving off hearing loss from time spent on stage in really loud sound fields. They have these attenuators that can be swapped out to block out more or less noise but retain the full sound spectrum so you can hear everything. It's a lower volume but not muffled. Sometimes I use them at noisy hotels (most notably next to airports) and they are very comfortable to sleep in. I have also used these and they very effective to block sound and extremely comfortable - but not designed to allow any clarity.

Last time I had a set made (about 2 years ago) they cost less than 200 dollars and my insurance picked up a good deal of the cost. If you sleep in ear plugs you may want to consider going this route - the comfort of custom molded earplugs may be worth the cash.
__________________
E-R.org Custom Google Search | You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it. (Robin Williams)
Janet H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2009, 07:37 PM   #7
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
RonBoyd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Denver, Colorado
Posts: 5,280
Quote:
Originally Posted by TromboneAl View Post
My conclusion is that without earplugs random noises (car, animal, etc) wake me up, and perhaps put me into "alert mode" without me even realizing the source of the noise. And/or perhaps the simple lack of auditory noise is more restful.
I have the same "problem." Someone down the street closes their car door and I am wide awake... for the rest of the night. I have used ear plugs for over ten years now.

The only negative to ear plugs, however, is ear wax. The ears are self-cleaning and ear plugs interfere with (or simply halt) that process.

It is explained more fully (and accurately) here - Family Health Radio * Archived Programs * (go to the January 14 2009 air date #29118).

I find that if I periodically spent a night or two without the plugs, I don't have the problem... am very tired/sleepy though.
__________________
"It's tough to make predictions, especially when it involves the future." ~Attributed to many
"In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is." ~(perhaps by) Yogi Berra
"Those who have knowledge, don't predict. Those who predict, don't have knowledge."~ Lau tzu
RonBoyd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2009, 07:43 PM   #8
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 2,975
Quote:
Originally Posted by TromboneAl View Post
The only problem is discomfort from the earplugs.
You'll get used to them eventually. They're like glasses, uncomfortable at first but after a while you don't even notice you're wearing them. I've worn earplugs at work for 12 hours per shift for nearly 9 years.
__________________
aaronc879 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2009, 07:45 PM   #9
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 310
I am also an earplug fan. Having several kids and at one time an alzheimer's victim in the house I have learned to go from sound asleep to wide awake in parsecs. Ear plugs + Advil PM make for a restful sleep.
__________________
shoe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2009, 07:47 PM   #10
Moderator
ziggy29's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Texas
Posts: 15,613
I swear by earplugs. Once I'm asleep I'm a pretty sound sleeper, but I have a horrible time with noise (other than "white" background noise) when I'm trying to fall asleep. I feel like an old curmudgeon before my time because I HATE noise.
__________________
"Hey, for every ten dollars, that's another hour that I have to be in the work place. That's an hour of my life. And my life is a very finite thing. I have only 'x' number of hours left before I'm dead. So how do I want to use these hours of my life? Do I want to use them just spending it on more crap and more stuff, or do I want to start getting a handle on it and using my life more intelligently?" -- Joe Dominguez (1938 - 1997)

RIP to Reemy, my avatar dog (2003 - 9/16/2017)
ziggy29 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2009, 08:03 PM   #11
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Bimmerbill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 1,631
I am a super light sleeper. I mean super light. Like in the cat jumping off the dining room chair and it wakes me up.

I use both a white noise machine and ear plugs. I can still be startled awake many times each night and the doc gave me some ambien to try. I'm afraid to take it...
__________________
Bimmerbill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2009, 08:36 PM   #12
Moderator Emeritus
Nords's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Oahu
Posts: 26,620
Quote:
Originally Posted by TromboneAl View Post
A few weeks ago I tried sleeping with earplugs in because there was a neighbor who would come and go at late hours. I was surprised to find that I sleep much better in general with earplugs.
I generally sleep pretty well, but often wake up in the middle of the night and can't get back to sleep for a while. I find that that hardly ever happens with earplugs in. I've been using them for two weeks now, and most nights I've slept through with only a few brief awakenings.
My conclusion is that without earplugs random noises (car, animal, etc) wake me up, and perhaps put me into "alert mode" without me even realizing the source of the noise. And/or perhaps the simple lack of auditory noise is more restful.
Same here. I wear them for New Year's Eve and 4th of July when the neighbors won't stop with the firecrackers.

Most people have two sleep cycles of about four hours each, or a second "top off" of a couple hours, and it isn't uncommon for there to be an hour or even two of wakefulness between them. In 17th- & 18th-century literature you'd even find references to "first sleep" and "second sleep". People used to get up, get a snack, and even socialize before going back to sleep. Modern lighting has generally caused humans to stay up later and get up earlier, and there's not so much time devoted to sleep anymore.

So when I wake up I generally try to give myself an hour before giving up.

As for using earplugs every night-- I'm really looking forward to being an empty nester!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Janet H View Post
Many years ago I had a set of custom ear plugs made in the hopes of staving off hearing loss from time spent on stage in really loud sound fields. They have these attenuators that can be swapped out to block out more or less noise but retain the full sound spectrum so you can hear everything. It's a lower volume but not muffled. Sometimes I use them at noisy hotels (most notably next to airports) and they are very comfortable to sleep in. I have also used these and they very effective to block sound and extremely comfortable - but not designed to allow any clarity.
Those look great-- I wish the submarine force had sponsored them. Our "custom fit" was a corpsman offering a selection of large, medium, or small...
__________________
*
*

The book written on E-R.org, "The Military Guide to Financial Independence and Retirement", on sale now! For more info see "About Me" in my profile.
I don't spend much time here anymore, so please send me a PM. Thanks.
Nords is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2009, 09:20 PM   #13
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
BunsGettingFirm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 1,502
I find that ear plugs help a bit, but they fall out a few times each night, so I spend the night wondering half asleep where my ear plugs are.
__________________
BunsGettingFirm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2009, 09:38 PM   #14
Moderator Emeritus
Rich_by_the_Bay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 8,827
Another use of the kind of ear plugs Janet mentioned (the Westone 49s) is for those of us (mostly men) with "presbyacusis" or age related high frequency hearing loss.

If you wear them in a noisy restaurant or concert, etc. you can hear people speak more accurately than without the plugs. My old custom motorcycle plugs were great for the road, but without the filter they muffled the sounds and made high pitched speakers hard to understand in noisy places.
__________________
Rich
San Francisco Area
ESR'd March 2010. FIRE'd January 2011.

As if you didn't know..If the above message contains medical content, it's NOT intended as advice, and may not be accurate, applicable or sufficient. Don't rely on it for any purpose. Consult your own doctor for all medical advice.
Rich_by_the_Bay is offline   Reply With Quote
Revving up
Old 04-06-2009, 10:16 PM   #15
Recycles dryer sheets
leftbucket's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 79
Revving up

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bimmerbill View Post
I am a super light sleeper. I mean super light. Like in the cat jumping off the dining room chair and it wakes me up.

I use both a white noise machine and ear plugs. I can still be startled awake many times each night and the doc gave me some ambien to try. I'm afraid to take it...
BB-

Consider kicking up the white noise machine a notch.

I've been on overnight shifts with some serious power snorers at various
times in my career (firehouse bunkroom) and little white noise machines
or small fans just didn't cut it... Got a three foot diameter steel fan
and ran it on high. Not only did it overpower the snorers, but it actually
lulled you to sleep. Wonderful! If breeze is a problem you can cover
the fan with a blanket. Just make sure you have a correspondingly
loud alarm if you need to get up.

Good luck,
LB
__________________
leftbucket is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2009, 10:20 PM   #16
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 2,264
I've been wearing earplugs to sleep for years. I am hyper-sensitive to noise. Any kind of noise, even white noise. I don't even like a fan noise, but when it is hot, I turn the fan on and push the earplugs as deep as I could push them inside my ears.

I am one of those people who cannot go back to sleep right away once I wake up, so it is important that I wear ear plugs.

I don't take naps much any more, but I never could understand how I could take a nap during the day with a TV on....
__________________
tmm99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2009, 10:23 PM   #17
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 619
Another white noise fan here. I can't go to sleep without that whirring fan. Here's a weird thing: Why is it that I can sleep like a baby when the TV is on in the room I'm in, but if I'm trying to go to sleep and hear a TV from another room it makes me nuts
__________________
SarahW is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-2009, 12:07 AM   #18
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
haha's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Hooverville
Posts: 22,387
Quote:
Originally Posted by SarahW View Post
Another white noise fan here. I can't go to sleep without that whirring fan. Here's a weird thing: Why is it that I can sleep like a baby when the TV is on in the room I'm in, but if I'm trying to go to sleep and hear a TV from another room it makes me nuts
Noises woke me when I lived in the country because I felt territorial. Where I am now I expect lots of other people to be so I am not bothered. Sometimes in the middle of the night I will hear a ship or train and I kind of enjoy it. Sounds of fighting will wake me, but it almost never happens. Sex sounds or domestic sounds don't bother me at all.

I have never heard a TV or stereo in my building, except during an occasional party. Not sure why.

Ha
__________________
"As a general rule, the more dangerous or inappropriate a conversation, the more interesting it is."-Scott Adams
haha is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-2009, 12:32 AM   #19
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 346
You can also try using static on a radio...it works well as white noise.

Jim
__________________
summer2007 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-2009, 04:31 AM   #20
Full time employment: Posting here.
jambo101's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Montreal
Posts: 940
I cant do earplugs while sleeping as i keep imagining i'm hearing something..Fans work well or some kind of sound generator(no seagulls)works for me.
__________________

__________________
"Second star to the right and straight on till morning"
jambo101 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Sleep monitors. jambo101 Health and Early Retirement 35 12-02-2008 03:43 AM
Qustions To Ask Dr. re: sleep apnea grumpy Health and Early Retirement 20 08-26-2008 09:47 PM
loosing sleep over the market! retiringat50 FIRE and Money 41 04-04-2008 03:31 PM
I need to get more sleep... cute fuzzy bunny Other topics 10 12-26-2007 08:31 PM
Sleep study... cute fuzzy bunny Other topics 10 03-30-2005 03:50 PM

 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:30 AM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.