It’s not only a relevant problem at home either. Noise overload is also a common problem for frequent travelers. Just think about trying to get to sleep on an airplane. Not everyone can get comfortable in an airplane seat, and it can be noisy, meaning it’s difficult to catch a few winks! So it only makes sense that many people are also looking for soundproof airplane earplugs.
Whether you live beside a busy street, or have a partner who snores all night long, noises during the night can disturb your sleep. It might take you a long time to fall asleep, or you might wake up several times through the night, meaning you don’t get enough sleep, or the quality of your sleep is poor.
Even if you don’t remember waking up during the night, noise can pull you out of a deep sleep – the type of sleep our bodies need to repair muscles, support our brain function, and overall health.
If you wake up feeling groggy in the morning, you’ll know what we mean!
When you sleep with earplugs, the amount of sound entering your ears is significantly reduced. But how does it work?
Earplugs can help to reduce the amount of sound that reaches your ears. It’s quite simple: the earplugs fit into your outer ear canal. To be effective in reducing sound, they should completely block the ear canal with an airtight seal. And because they fit so snugly, they should stay in your ears all night long.
Benefits of using earplugs
Sleeping with earplugs, then, can help you to get to sleep faster, and help you to stay asleep for longer. That means your natural sleep pattern isn’t disturbed, and you spend more time in restorative, restful deep sleep.
And a good night’s sleep means that you’ll have a better day the next day. Poor sleep can lead to poor health. In the short-term, it can impact your ability to make decisions and focus during the day, as well as affecting your memory and cognitive abilities.
It can also affect your mood and mental health. Has anyone ever asked you if you got up on the wrong side of the bed? It’s likely that it was on a day that you didn’t get enough sleep!
In the long term, inadequate sleep can lead to health issues such as:
- Heart disease
- Kidney disease
- Heart attacks
The health benefits of a good night’s sleep are far-ranging – so rather than trying to get through the day with caffeine, focusing on improving your sleep could be the tick to improving your health.
Drawbacks of using earplugs at night
One of the main questions people have when it comes to wearing earplugs to sleep is: is it safe to sleep with earplugs?
The answer is yes. There are minimal risks, but one of the main sleeping with earplugs side effects to be aware of is that it might cause a buildup of earwax.
Over time, if you wear earplugs every night, they can push ear wax further into your ear which could eventually lead to a buildup. This can be potentially problematic, causing problems like temporary tinnitus and short-term hearing loss. However, it’s an easy problem to clear up. To get rid of excess ear wax, you’ll either have to use ear drops to soften it, after which it should fall out naturally, or visit a professional to have it removed.
You may also be at risk of developing an ear infection from earplugs, especially if you don’t keep them clean. It’s easy to keep your earplugs clean to reduce your risk of infection – simply wash them using mild soap and warm water, and leave to air dry before using them again.
Another potential drawback of sleeping with earplugs is that you might find them uncomfortable. However, this shouldn’t be a problem if you choose earplugs with a choice of different tips to suit different ear sizes – like Loop Quiet. That way, you can choose the pens which fit you best. Plus, they’re made from soft, flexible material and are easy to put in and take out. With removable silicone tips in different sizes, they fit your ears perfectly. They nestle neatly in your ear and don’t stick out, allowing you to snooze on either side as well as your back and belly.
Finally, you may be concerned that you won’t be able to hear alarms or will be less responsive to emergency situations if you sleep with earplugs. If you get an important phone call in the morning, your alarm goes off, or your baby is crying, you want to be able to react right away.
The right earplugs for sleeping should strike a balance between reducing noise without totally isolating you. With Loop earplugs, you’re in luck. The noise reduction is at a medium level: still allowing some noise to come through, especially high pitched sounds like alarms and babies’ cries.
Now, we’re talking about noise reduction here. Snoring partners can be especially loud. We don’t promise total silence. That being said, usually it’s a matter of habit. Getting used to a lower level of noise reduction is possible for most people, and what you get in return is usually more than worth it. Loop Quiet pushes noise to the background without cutting you off completely.