Do you wear ear plugs to bed? Does it help you sleep better?

United States
December 4, 2007 3:29am CST
Several years back, we lived in a house that was very near the highway. And, you could literally hear the traffic 24 hours a day, even at night. And, that made sleeping almost impossible. At the time we couldn't afford to move, so we just had to deal with it. Most times, I would run the air conditioner and that would drown out the sound. But, you can't do that in the winter, so I had to wear ear plugs to sleep at night, instead. Surprisingly, they really worked to drown out the noise. The place we live now, is so much more quiet, so I don't have to wear ear plugs to bed. Unfortunately, now that it's so quiet, I suffer from insomnia and don't sleep anyway. Ironic, I guess. Do you ever wear ear plugs to bed, so that you can sleep? Does it help?
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@williamjisir (22914)
• China
4 Dec 07
Hello dear beauty queen. I understand your topic very well because my nephew used to rent a small room in the city. His room was very close to the highway with so many cars, buses, and trucks coming and going all the while, non-stop. I went to see him there and I was wondering how come he rented a room in such a place. It was just this summer that I went to see him and I had a nap there, but found it hard to fall asleep in the room and I could not bear the crazy-driving noise. My nephew told me that he is now living in the city center and I am happy for him not to live in that noisy place again. By the way, as my apartment is in a quiet place and it is on campus, which is close to a small river outside and it is quiet, so I don't have to wear ear plugs at all. I love my place, so quiet. Thanks for your discussion, dear friend.
• United States
5 Dec 07
Hello williamjisir! It is nice to chat with you again, as well, my friend. Yes, quiet is wonderful, don't you think? It is so nice now not to hear all the constant traffic. Until you mentioned your nephew and how he had lived in such a noisy area, I just assumed that I was alone in my situation. I am glad we do not live in that noisy city anymore. Until a person lives through it, it's hard to explain to others. I am happy to hear that you have found your calm serene spot on the planet. You are a most fortunate person! It must be very restful there. A great place to meditate and reflect. Be well. And, have a great day.
@3lilangels (4641)
• United States
5 Dec 07
no my friend i don't wear ear plugs but sometimes i wonder if i really should because sometimes my hubby snores so loud sometimes.but then again if i wear ear plugs i wouldn't then beable to hear my babies if they woke up with any problems.
@hillock (749)
• Qatar
5 Dec 07
i dont wear earplugs cause i wear my headphone! i cant sleep without listening to music! i cant sleep if its too quiet! i think i got used to so much noise thinking we have 5 kids on the house. LOL! ^-^
• United States
5 Dec 07
As you've said, I have insomnia, so I don't sleep well to begin with, and outside noises usually are not the cause, so using earplugs would probably just annoy me while I'm trying to get comfortable and get what little bit of sleep I can. Usually, if I get tired enough, no matter what sorts of noises I'm hearing from outside sources, I can usuall fall asleep without a hassle. Sometimes though noises really bother me, but I eventually fall asleep.
• Philippines
5 Dec 07
No, I don't wear an ear plug during sleeping. For me, it is okay to have a music played on the radio and that sound should have a low volume only because I want to hear incase of emergency like fire, or there are thieves.
@lucky_witch (2713)
• Philippines
5 Dec 07
Hi, I do not use one. I just sleep with my three pillows and everything will be fine. And we do not live along the busy street thats why we dont have to worry being awaken at the middle of the night for a loud horn. And I am not also used with the ear plugs so for sure I wont be comfortable to have one in my ear. :)
@whyaskq (7554)
• Singapore
5 Dec 07
I do not wear ear plugs to bed as my room is quite peaceful and quiet. Once or while when it gets noisy, I have tried using ear plugs but that doesn't help much. I try deep breathing to get myself to sleep if such circumstances happen.
@magikrose (5430)
• United States
4 Dec 07
Honestly I cant sleep with anything on or in my ears. Even as a teenager I wouldent even go to bed with my walkman and headphones on. It has always bothered me.
@babykay (2133)
• Ireland
4 Dec 07
yeah I wear earplugs, but only to drown out the sound of snoring! It has to be one of the most annoying sounds in the world. My husband(as you have probably guessed) is a snorer, big time. He says the same about me though!
@makingpots (11929)
• United States
4 Dec 07
I don't think I could sleep with ear plugs in my ears. I have never tried it though. I do seem to sleep a little better with a bit of white noise. In the summer, the hum of the ceiling fan over our bed is just enough. Sometimes I use one of those white noice players with different nature sounds. I like the sounds of waves washing on shore. I used to enjoy babbling brook sound.... like water trickling over rocks - but then I realized I was having to go to the bathroom a lot more during the night. ;)
@skinnychick (6937)
• United States
4 Dec 07
I don't personally but my man does. He's a cop and works 5pm to 5am- so he goes to bed around 6am and gets up at 2 to go to work. He can't sleep without them- he is a very light sleeper for one and we have 2 young kids who are noisy. They help him but he complains that they are uncomfortable-now if he could do something about his snoring- when he is home I should try I guess!:)
@Shaun72 (15972)
• Palatka, Florida
4 Dec 07
I have before in the past when I lived with my ex husband. he was just starting out on being a Firefighter. I had a really hard time sleeping with his walkie talkie. Of course I am a light sleeper anyhow and that did me no good. So once I got some earplugs they did help my sleep some what better.
@vera5d (3958)
• United States
4 Dec 07
I always thought ear plugs were too uncomfortable. I guess I am one of those lucky people who can sleep anywhere, anytime. We used to live on a highway and I found the traffic to be lulling - even the giant tractor trailer trucks zooming past out house at 60 mph. My husband can't fall asleep without the TV on - a lot of times he wears headphones to bed - looks so cute when i wake up in the middle of the night and I untangle them from around his ears :)
@eftychiap (349)
• Cyprus
4 Dec 07
I try to use ear plugs to drown out the noisy neighbours but I can't sleep because i feel them stuck into my ears and I can hear my breath so I concentrate on that and I just can't fell asleep! Strange huh?
@pinay81 (1539)
• Philippines
4 Dec 07
nope even my husband and my father is very loud snoring they are like answering to each other when sleeping but my husband said i was snoring also a little specially when im tired i use earplug only when i was in the airplane:-)
@nancyrowina (3852)
4 Dec 07
The only time I use them is when I am at music festivals, one year we were camped right next to a generator that ran all night I could still hear it through the ear plugs. Normally it does help though and I can fall asleep much easier not being disturbed by people walking past outside talking and such.
@poohgal (6851)
• Singapore
4 Dec 07
I am very fortunate to be living in a quiet and serene place. Noise has never been a problem for me. I do not need to sleep with ear plugs. However, recently during my holiday overseas, I experienced what's it like sleeping with someone who snores. It's terrible. I am a light sleeper. The snoring makes it extra difficult for me to get to sleep. =( That's the time I really wish I had ear plugs with me. Too bad I didn't.
• United States
4 Dec 07
I wore ear plugs to bed but they end up falling off while I was asleep. How do I know this? Well, when I woke up the ear plugs were on the pillow instead of in my ears.
@anup12 (4184)
• India
4 Dec 07
No I do not have these types of habbits.
@TerryZ (22148)
• United States
4 Dec 07
Thats so funny I do wear ear plugs to get to sleep. Ive been doing it now for years. I have to have complete silence in order to fall asleep. And ear plugs have always helped me. My husband stays up and watches tv and that way I wont hear the tv when Im trying to sleep.