Do you wear ear plugs at night?

United States
May 20, 2008 10:46pm CST
Lately, I've been having trouble sleeping. Sometimes I wake up really early in the morning and can't go back to sleep. I don't know what's waking me up. We live near a street, so it could just be a loud car speeding by. I'm a very light sleeper and hear every noise in the house. And, I run the fan on high, but that still doesn't help me sleep longer. I've been thinking about using ear plugs. Do you use those? Do ear plugs help you sleep more soundly without interruptions? Would love to try them out. Thanks for your feedback on this subject.
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18 responses
@maclanis (1568)
• Belgium
21 May 08
I'm not a light sleeper, not at all! So no, I don't wear earplugs. I live close to a street with a lot of traffic and one of neighbours has a rooster and he makes a lot of noise as well but I never wake up because of those things. I don't even wake up because of the loud annoying dog that lives in my street! Nonetheless I think ear plugs might be helpful in your situation. I've heard of some people that use earplugs that they have really helped getting more sleep at night. I think you should give it a try and if you still can't sleep, maybe the noise isn't the problem. I hope you will be able to sleep better soon!
• United States
21 May 08
I've heard that too. And, even used them once in the past, but I did it the wrong way. I would be more careful next time.
@youless (91541)
• Guangzhou, China
21 May 08
When I was a student, I liked listening music at night and wore ear plugs even after I fell asleep. I don't do it any more. It's not comfortable. And it's very harmful for the hearing. I love China
• United States
21 May 08
That is most true. I learned it the hard way once. But, I guess the memory fails me as I get older. I will find another solution to the early mornings. Be well.
• United States
21 May 08
I don't wear earplugs but then again I go from being a heavy sleeper to a light sleeper. My only concern with wearing earplugs is that I may not hear an intruder if someone happens to break in or hear something else like the alarm clock. I think that's just a few things to consider before wearing them.
• United States
21 May 08
That's a good point about an intruder. I would want to be able to hear something like that. At least I could get my cell phone and dial the police.
@fluffysue (1458)
• United States
22 May 08
I use ear plugs for sleeping most of the time. I can hear every footstep from upstairs if I don't. If it is quiet when I go to sleep, I can get by with a fan, but I found once I experienced the silence of earplugs it is hard to go back. If I fall asleep without the earplugs, sound will sometimes wake me up but not always, it is mainly falling asleep with sound that is the problem. I would give the earplugs a try, just be warned you might not want to go without them once you start using them! I do find they can be uncomfortable if you wear them every single night, but skipping a night here and there should help that.
• Canada
21 May 08
I dont, i use a fan too, maybe its not noise waking you up, could it be light, if you can hear your fire alarm with ear plugs then try it if not it could be dangerous!!
• Canada
21 May 08
yeah, i'm using them. you squeeze them to slim rods, and insert the rubber rods into your ears. they will fill your ears in a while. they make your world quiet. very helpul if you are a slight sleeper. earplugs make ears uncomfortable slightly. i can bear it.
@munhozmib (3857)
• Sao Paulo, Brazil
21 May 08
Hello, Beautyqueen26! Sleeping... It must be a real pain to have trouble sleeping. Sleeping is one of the most important parts of the day, if you don't sleep well you can't live well. It is as important as eating! I don't use to have problems sleeping. I just take a lot of while to start sleeping. Sometimes, around and hour. Sometimes a bit less. But after I start it, I wake up only in the right time. My body is already programmed, and I wake up when my brother start making noises, when he wakes up. But then it is almost school time, so soon I get up as well. I don't know if ear plugs will help you. I've tried to sleep listening to music, and, while I'm at it, I can't sleep. The sound makes me almost faint of so much sleep, but I can't really sleep. My eyes get tired, my body as well, but I don't sleep. I stay awake while the ear phones are with me. I have then to turn off the music and sleep. I hope the ear plugs help you! Respectfully, Munhozmib.
• United States
21 May 08
I have been using earplugs since I was a teenager and they work very nicely. The only problem with it, is once you start, it is hard to get out of the habit. They do drown out noise nicely for a deeper sleep, however, you can still hear things such as your baby crying in the crib next to you. For excess street noise, things like that, I can't hear those, so that is the best part of having them. They sofen the noise of my husband's snoring, but not well enough!
@Canaro (1)
• Spain
21 May 08
Hello i,m new user,sorry for my bad english,I usually these erar plugs and are very confortable to the ears,the difference is very big with them,do not feel and remove all the noise, we recommend the wy cone bye
• Southend-On-Sea, England
21 May 08
Yes I wear them all the time. Not wax ones, as once I had those melt inside my ears and had to have them syringed out - I use foam ones. I always get a good night's sleep too, as I'm a fairly light sleeper and the tiniest noise can keep me awake. The only thing that worries me about using them, is that I might not hear a sound whilst asleep that needs my attention - like a burglar, smoke alarm or whatever. I do take that risk though, otherwise I'd never get any sleep at all.
@jawaharks (590)
• India
21 May 08
no.im not using ear plugs.my area is very calm and nice. so that they are not needed for me.
@aigege (45)
• China
21 May 08
Contrary to you,I am a heavy sleeper,I can sleep well with noisiness.A roomate of mine is similar to you.every night,she fall asleep wearing ear plugs.Just now ,I asked her if it effects.She answered me,"Yes,it's very usefull". So I suggest you have a try. Wish you a sound sleep tonight!
@mikeysmom (2092)
• United States
21 May 08
no but i cannot sleep without a fan on in the room. it blocks out all the ambient noise and i sleep more soundly. i have been doing this for years. my son and husband are now hooked too and cannot sleep without a fan on.
@ruthinian (2311)
• United States
21 May 08
I am a light sleeper too and that is not just because of the noise I hear around me but because I had to go to the bathroom several times at night. I can't even sleep with the sound of the dripping faucet in the bathroom much less with the snoring of my hubby. But I never use ear plugs ever. I can't stand it when there is something in my ear. I don't even like using earphones so I can't imagine myself using ear plugs. But still I just don't know how I fall asleep eventually. Maybe I had gotten used to it.
@bagumbayan (2707)
• Philippines
21 May 08
I dont use ear plugs. I tried using that when I am reviewing on my exam but it did not help at all. Drink milk before going to sleep so you will sleep soundly. I sleep between 10 to 11 pm and I woke at about 6 am. I am hearing music while on bed and I started doing my night exercise while on bed for 20 minutes. After that I will go to sleep soundly. Happy Sleeping.
@carlaabt (3505)
• United States
21 May 08
I've never used earplugs for sleeping, and probably won't. I like to hear when my toddler gets up, so I can get up with him. I don't think I would sleep all that well with earplugs, because I would be worried about him. I would also worry that I wouldn't hear the alarm and my husband would be late for work. Sometimes the alarm wakes him up, but other times it doesn't.
@sacmom (14315)
• United States
21 May 08
No, I don't wear ear plugs when I sleep. Like you I use a fan (it's actually an air cleaner) on high at night. It helps drown out the noise tremendously. Even though I live out in the boonies, my house is right next to the main road and with all the traffic, dogs barking, and trains going by I wouldn't be able to handle this "country living" without it.
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
21 May 08
I have never been able to wear earplugs when I sleep. They tend to hurt my ears. I have tried cotton in my ear which helps a little but not completely.