Do you find that noise affects your sleep?
Can you guys get a white noise generator of some sort? Or some properly comfortable moulded ear plus? I had the hearing in one ear become really poor so I sleep on my good ear if I'm somehwere noisy and don't hear much.That think when you learn to sleep better and relax eventually you'll start to go with it and the slamming doors won't irritate you quite so much. I know it's very hard though, just know it won't last forever.
I have tried this program for 7 weeks now and regardless of how well I stick to it, external factors such as noisy neighbours, housemates, drunk people on the street, all wake me up and disturb my sleep – my sleep quality can not be judged by your system and course statistics. Yes, I have 2 pairs of earplugs but this doesnt solve the problem.
I definitely find that noise wakes me up! I live in a hallway with about 60 other rooms and doors get slammed all night long and people speak loudly 24 hours a day. I've actually found that wax earplugs make a giant difference! They cut a lot more noise than the foam earplugs. I've also started sleeping with a pretty loud fan on as well. This adds some background noise and with both of them, it normally drowns out most things. What is really terrible is when the floor above me starts playing music. It will literally be so loud that my room vibrates. That keeps me awake no matter what.
I use a white noise machine and have found that this helps me. Although it required some adaption initially, I now find that it helps my sleep. In fact, just turning the machine on now lulls me to sleep as I think that I associate the sound with sleep. My machine has several sounds to choose from and includes a sleep function so that it will turn off automatically, though I just leave it running all night.
What is a 'White Noise Machine'?
Ear plugs have damaged my right ear drum! Now more difficult to sleep due to the pain in my right ear, especially if I turn on it at night in my sleep. The pain wakes me up!
Best to move, but not feasible because of work in Central London. My advice: never buy a flat. If you can afford to, but a detached house!
Couldn't agree more! CBT does not deal with the problem of noisy neighbours. Absolute nightmare!
I think the general gist here is that noise pollution is something out of an individuals control. No matter how much CBT/Thought processing/relaxation one attempts, it will have zero impact on sleep if disturbed by neighbours playing loud music. Ear plugs don't help. They are virtually completely ineffective.The base music travels through every room and through every floor board and bed bed. It is impossible to bear. In addition, I find ear plugs drop out during the night. Pretty useless.
Never buy/live in a flat! You never know who your neighbours above, below, left and right are going to be like. Many don't give a dam if they cause noise disturbances and the Environmental Noise Teams (when they come out) are completely ineffective. Buy a detached house out of the main city and travel in. The extra hassle and travel cost is worth it, if it means you get regular decent sleep. Can't wait to retire and move out of Central London!
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.
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.
I am starting to feel like an outcast. I actually sleep better with noise and cold. I can sleep through a party.
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.
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!
Its does when im wide awake and cant sleep
But once im asleep unless it really loud i stay asleep
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.
Yep, they are definitely very useful little tools! When sharing a bed room with my daughter, and another occasion with a friend when on holiday,they did make all the difference.
Will have to check out your link :-) thanks…
I second a fan. Can’t sleep without it.
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
Eternal optimist is not with Sleepio at present, but here are some links you can try for finding them:
Or just type the description in your search engine and you'll find several references.
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?