Coping with noise

Do you find that noise affects your sleep?

Posted 10 Jul 2015 at 1:36 PM
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  • Sleepio Member

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    I can only speak from personal experience, but I started using ear plugs when we lived on a main A road, with our bedroom at the front of the house facing onto the road – ambulances and police cars dashing past all hours -but more than that, a snoring partner. Earplugs were the only thing that worked for me. I know there are all sorts of different ones, but the ones I use are the soft squidgy type and they don't go down far enough to reach your ear drums. I'm really sad to hear that you had damaged ear drums fritzmoritz – what kind were you using? Sounds like they could do with a health alert.

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    They are: 'Muffles Wax' Boots make. But it could be any make. Maybe just being desperate i pushed them in too far. Just desperate to move.

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    I am starting to feel like an outcast. I actually sleep better with noise and cold. I can sleep through a party.

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    fritz – White noise machines generate sound to drown other sound out. They can be mechanical (e.g. a fan) or electronic with sounds you can choose – ocean waves, crickets, etc. I've only used one once in a hotel that provided it, but they're interesting. Should be easy to find in an internet search, and they can be quite inexpensive.

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    Noise is so frustrating when you're trying to get to sleep, plus it's something you have no control over. The round wax pellets with the cotton wool round them are the best type of earplugs. the foam ones are rubbish. I've tried having my MP3 player on low, with some sleep friendly music on, although the ear pieces aren't that comfortable. (can you buy small earpieces?).
    I know there are headbands with small speakers built in on Amazon, but I can't remember what they're called, (sleepband??) and there's also a more expensive one that's bluetooth, so you don't have to stress about getting tangled up with wires in bed.
    I've also used a pillow with a small speaker built in which you can plug your MP3 player in to. That was quite good for me, but my partner could hear the music, so that's now in the bottom of the wardrobe!
    Eternal Optimist

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    Its does when im wide awake and cant sleep
    But once im asleep unless it really loud i stay asleep

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    Turning on a fan has saved me after years of trouble. I just wish I discovered this trick sooner. I've always had a very hard time falling asleep if I can hear talking, but when the fan drowns it out can fall asleep easily.

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    I second a fan. Can’t sleep without it.

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    Hi, where did you get the round wax pellet ear plugs with cotton. They sound good. Who makes them? My neighbour sometimes is up at 5.30am in the morning and though sound proofing has helped mute sound i may be woken up by a sudden sound in her bathroom. All best, Qwertyhush

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    Eternal optimist is not with Sleepio at present, but here are some links you can try for finding them:

    https://www.earplugstore.com/ohropax-classic-wax-ear-plugs.html

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Noise-X-Earplugs-Wax-Cotton-6Pr/dp/B001E5CF26

    Or just type the description in your search engine and you'll find several references.

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    I am a very light sleeper and any noise awakens me. If my neighbors are out on their porch talking, I hear them from my second floor bedroom. If my husband snores, I have to retreat to another room to sleep. I hear barking dogs from far away, motorcycles, big trucks – all from a distance while others do not seem to hear them. I have tried ear plugs, but even the customized moldable ones are very uncomfortable. White noise and relaxing sounds do not work, it only acerbates the issue. I am quite interested in the desensitization method I learned today in session two – where you record a noise and listen to it during the day while practicing relaxing techniques. Has anyone tried this? What type of noise should I record? Thoughts?

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    I've been using the Hammacher Schlemmer white noise machine for many years, and it's been very helpful in managing noise. I sleep with 2 of them right now to drown out barking dogs etc.

    https://www.hammacher.com/Product/Default.aspx?sku=88606

    There are other similar machines on the market. Sharper Image makes several. There are also apps out there. I have one on my phone called “white noise”. I haven't used it personally, but my sister likes it.

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    My neighbour upstairs can disturb my R.E.M. sleep in the morning when she uses the bathroom. I either wake up and then fall asleep again quickly thankfully or I am half aware of disturbance while i’m dreaming. Long term will this have a detrimental effect on my wellbeing as I thought R.E.M. sleep is the time we process information from our lives? I am thinking of practicing noise disensitisation to help combat the problem. Has anyone had similar experiences? What did you do? Thanks in advance.

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    Noise is the most disturbing thing that affects my sleep… even if I am a privileged. I live in a small village near Madrid. There's noise of planes all the day because it's in the course path for the airport. When I am able to sleep I wake up and the only noises that I hear are the tweets of the birds!

    I grew up in the center of Madrid and lived for 2 years in quite a noisy environment. During those 2 years, my wife and me shifted our sleeping room to the least noisy in the flat. Luckily, there were no party-neighbours around.

    My advise with party-neighbours is that just when they turn off their music, you should start with all that makes music that you have under your control put at full volume! Don't bother leaving it sounding and leave for work, etc. Repeat until you are respected… It worked with my neighbour.

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    As often, it’s personal I think.
    Wax earplugs lose their form during the night in my case and so their effect diminishes.
    I found foam earplugs who are a bit longer than the average one and they are helpful for me. Although a barking dog at 4–5 p.m. next door still wakes me up.
    Never tried a noise machine.
    Thanks for the experiences!

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    Good morning rbjnx,

    I was checking out the post – how to handle noise that disturbs your sleep. I am a light sleeper too. My cats could be moving about or there is noise from the kitchen from my hubby or our sons, loud tv, ect. I try to ignore the sounds if it's bedtime and I'm pretty tired and I can usually fall asleep. It's middle of the night or early morning that is the challenge. I try to doze off and I usually can, if I'm still tired. It's been a while since I did session 2 – I visualize the beach where I feel most relaxed – the waves are so calming. Water features are peaceful like a water fall, rain or a brook. I hope these suggestions help.

    Hugs, Stacey

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    I know this is old school, but for noise and light I literally sleep with my head between 2 pillows, my neck bent slightly with my nose barely sticking out the bottom. When my family's up later than me (my bedroom has a half-wall which looks down into the living room with the telly), I put in my foam earplugs, stuff my head in my pillow sandwich, and off to dreamland I go. Haven't tried this yet through the CA summer. Might overheat…

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    My issue with noise is slimply…. My pets. My dogs bark when they know there is a wild animal outside. My cat whants in and out throughout the night. I have to get up a couple of times a night due to night sweats. I wish there was a solution.

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    Have the pets always been a problem, or are you just noticing it since starting sleepio? I don’t have pets, so I can’t comment on that.

    But night sweats? Oh yeah. But I’m the opposite. I’m freezing cold until a hot flash kicks in. So imagine electric blanket on high, sweatsuit with hoodie, gloves, and thick socks. All year around. I’m taking a hormone that helps to some extent, but isn’t a cure all. I have 2 sisters with breast cancer, so I shouldn’t be on hormones at all. But I told my doctor that it’s a quality of life issue, and she ageees.

    I had a friend who went to the guest room to sleep when she had a night sweat, because the sheets were cool. I’m sure you already have a fan, and thermos of ice on the night stand. I’ve heard of pajamas, pillows, and sheets that are good for people with night sweats, but I haven’t tried any.

    I’m so sorry you’re going through this. I hope you find a solution.

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    Hi rbjnx. I haven't tried this, but you have answered my question. I was trying to find out what this desensitisation technique entailed.

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