It's time to sound off on snoring
In London, my favourite hostel became a nightmare when a dorm-mate snored so loudly she actually drowned out the police sirens coming from nearby Kings' Cross. On an overnight trip from Singapore to Sydney, the most luxurious flight of my life was almost ruined by a man who snored so loudly that his buzz saw cacophony boomed through my foam ear plugs, which I had covered with noise cancelling headphones, which were in turn playing loud music. I'm not exactly proud of this, but I may have, um, oh so gently kicked the man in the head. And still he snored on.
So how's a girl to find a good night's sleep in a noisy world?
How Soundly Do You Sleep?
It's Not Just The Volume - It's The Kind Of Noise!
You're Wearing Your Ear Plugs All Wrong!
The standard response to all my noise related complaints is always "Just wear earplugs". But I've always found foam plugs ineffective and uncomfortable in my 'interesting' shaped ears.
Turns out I've been wearing earplugs incorrectly all of my life. How difficult can it be to properly wear ear plugs? You just squish them in your ear, right? Wrong!
Here's what you should do:
Not All Ear Plugs Are The Same! Factor 1: NRR
I contacted Mack's Ear Plugs and requested samples of their products to help facilitate this article and they very generously agreed. The first product I tried was the Snore Blockers. The combination of knowing how to properly wear earplugs and having earplugs with such a high NRR rating really made a huge difference in getting a sound sleep.
I'm not the only one in my family to appreciate the Snore Blockers. Ryan brought them along for a guys' sports road-trip and they were a massive help to drown out the snoring of his roommates (you know who you are!)
Factor 2: Shape and Feel
Mack's Ultra Soft ear plugs lived up to their name and were incredibly soft and malleable. But they were my second choice after trying the Dreamgirl Soft ear plugs. I have to confess, I was reluctant to give them a try and was a bit suspicious of anything pink that was designed for girls but I quickly became a convert. Their slightly smaller size made them perfect for my "interesting" ears and I was able to use them night after night on our camping trip.
Some Travel Friendly Alternatives
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I'd love to hear from you - what do you do to sleep soundly?
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