Use Ear Plugs to Block Out Sounds to Help You Sleep Properly
Did you know bed partner disturbance is the UK’s second most common cause of disturbed sleep.
Thankfully, ear plugs can help reduce noise at night!
Our brains still register sounds even when we are sleeping. Especially in the lighter phase of sleep which is a good thing when you have a crying baby and need to wake up; not good though if you have a snoring husband or wife.
As we get older our reported sleep quality declines with only 21% of 45-54 year olds reporting they sleep very well. (ref)
The good news is there are various solutions & remedies to help improve how well we sleep at night.
I’m going to share with you three recommended ear plug brands, I came across, if you are in the market looking for a earplugs for sleeping.
Top Rated Ear Plugs for Sleep in 2020
1. Mack’s Ultra Earplugs – Good Foam Earplugs
The Mack’s Ultra Earplugs are a good choice to help you sleep in silence.
McKeon Products, the company that owns Mack’s Earplugs, is based in Michigan and has been around since 1962. In addition to many varieties of earplugs, they also carry other sleeping products, including masks, nasal dilators, and earmuffs. Mack’s is the official ear care provider for USA Swimming. The company has been I.S.O. certified since 1997. (ref)
These earplugs come in a variety of amounts to buy, are reusable, and not expensive so you definitely get a lot for your money.
Foam is easy to insert into your outer ear canal and expands to fill it in. These are what you expect a typical ear plug to be like and help in noise reduction.
If you are looking to block out sounds at night from a partner’s snoring or heavy breathing, passing cars, motorbikes or lorries then these are a good option to go with.
Based on reviews from others, these earplugs might fall out of the ear at night. I find foam can also become uncomfortable after wearing for long periods of time, especially if you normally suffer itchy ears. So they may not be the most suitable product for nighttime use for some people.
Let’s compare some of the other features:
- Most efficient level of noise reduction out of all products reviewed
- Suitable for a variety of situations
- McKeon Products has a long history of manufacturing high quality earplugs
- McKeon Products specializes in earplugs
- Not specifically designed for sleep—they are designed for multiple uses
- Foam may not be the most comfortable material
- May need to be trimmed to fit ear
2. Hush Plugz Silicone Earplugs – Good For Sensitive Skin Ears
The Hush Plugz Silicone Earplugs are a good alternative to using foam or cotton wool for muffling noises at night.
Hush Plugz were created by Robinson Healthcare, which has been producing medical products since 1839, when the Crimean War sparked a high demand for wound care. Robinson Healthcare does not specialize in earplugs, but manufactures a wide variety of medical supplies and instruments. They have six varieties of earplugs for a variety of uses. The company has been I.S.O. certified since 2003. (ref)
These earplugs may be particularly beneficial for people who are prone to ear infections, as they create a seal in the ear, preventing bacteria from entering. They also come with a pen that contains a unique active agent that is moulded into the pen, & is said to be able to kill 99.9% of all harmful bacteria & viruses.
Based on reviews from others, these earplugs may be too big for small ear sizes. Their slightly sticky material may also cause long hair for women to get stuck to them at night.
Let’s compare some of the other features:
- Silicone material prioritizes comfort
- Material molds to different ear shapes and sizes, creating a tight seal and reducing the risk of infection
- The company has a long history of making high quality products
- This line is designed primarily for swimming and other water sports
- Noise reduction rate is unknown
- The company does not specialize in earplugs, so there may be a quality gap
3. Quies Boules Natural Wax Earplugs – Good Natural Earplugs
The Quies Boules Natural Wax Earplugs are recommended for people looking for a natural material option.
Quies (Latin for “quiet”) has been around for almost a century—since 1921. Up until the 1960s, Quies earplugs were made by hand. They offer a wide variety of earplugs for different purposes. Other sleeping products offered by Quies include eye masks, and anti-snoring spray, nasal strips, and lozenges. The company has been I.S.O. certified since 2011. (ref)
Due to their natural wax material, they are reported to be very comfortable for most shapes of ears. They warm upon contact with the skin and become moldable to the shape of your ear canal.
Based on reviews from others, these earplugs might not appear easy to put into your ears. Some have struggled understanding how to use the wax or hadn’t know to take off the cotton wool around them before inserting them.
Lets compare some of the other features:
- Safe for prolonged periods of use, such as during sleep
- Natural wax material warms and conforms to your ear shape for better comfort
- Designed primarily for sleep
- Quies has a long history of making high quality earplugs
- Quies specializes in earplugs
- Noise reduction is not as efficient as other brands
- Wax must be manually molded before inserting into ear