If you live with somebody who snores, the chances are that you will have thought at least once about using earplugs to try to get a night of peaceful and uninterrupted rest. There are many types of earplugs, such as shaped silicone, expandable foam, musician style, electronic and custom fitted designs. Every style has been designed so that it can filter out a certain amount of decibels of sound. They are fairly inexpensive to purchase and can be bought in many places.
How To Choose The Best Earplugs?
The amount of sleep that you get is an essential factor to your overall health, and it has been proven that around 30% of the population are struggling to get an adequate amount. If you are finding it hard to sleep because of ambient noise, choosing a pair of earplugs that have been specifically designed for sleeping is a good solution. Usually, sleep earplugs have been made with comfort in mind, using a material that is more flexible and soft to allow them to be worn all night without causing irritation.
Anyone who sleeps in the same room as a heavy snorer would be advised to try wearing sleep earplugs as should anyone who sleeps in an environment that is noisy due to traffic noise or loud neighbors. Those who are traveling may also need sleep earplugs.
There are several types of sleeping earplugs to choose from including:
- Custom sleep earplugs – a hearing healthcare professional can make a pair of these by making an impression of your ear and sending it to a manufacturer of earplugs who can then produce a custom designed pair especially for you. This will offer the best possible sound attenuation.
- Disposable sleep earplugs – usually these are made from soft foam for added comfort, but can only be used a couple of times at most before you need to purchase a new pair.
- Moldable earplugs – these are an excellent alternative if you struggle to achieve a good fit from a traditional earplug and dislike the sensation of foam in your ear. Moldable earplugs are made from silicone or wax and can be molded by the wearer into the bowl of their ear for a good fit.
- Reusable earplugs – usually, these are manufactured from plastic or soft silicone and are pretty durable, so they can be used several times before needing to be replaced.
Many types of sleeping earplugs can be purchased either over the counter at pharmacies or on the internet.
Is It Really The Best Solution?
While you can use earplugs to block out the noise of your partner’s snoring, they are not really a perfect solution to the problem of your disturbed sleep. A better option is addressing the root of the problem, which in this case is your partner’s snoring. It may even be possible to resolve the issue of your partner’s snoring by using a device like a mandibular advancement splint, although in some cases, snoring may be a symptom of a more severe problem such as sleep apnea and should be treated promptly rather than blocking it out with earplugs. Before you resort to using earplugs, you should persuade your partner to talk to their doctor about their snoring issues. An experienced doctor can evaluate their problem and decide whether it is severe enough to warrant a consultation with a sleep specialist to determine whether or not a medical issue is the root cause or whether it is simply a benign snoring problem which will not be a hazard to their health. If their problem turns out to be a benign one, it is possible to treat the problem with a snoring mouthpiece. It is possible to obtain one of these devices for between $40 and $200, although in many places they can only be purchased online. These oral appliances work by holding the bottom jaw gently in a forward position to make the airways tighter and clearer to allow the air to travel through more easily. Using earplugs may reduce your discomfort at night, but it is not a treatment for the root of the problem. Why should you have to wear earplugs when it is your partner who has the problem and not you?