However, if you have ever tried sleeping with earplugs you will know how difficult it can be. First it should be said that you should never try to make your own earplugs out of bits of cotton wool or other household items because they can easily get stuck in your ear canal giving you a more permanent sound dampening than you would otherwise want. You should buy the specially made foam earplugs or, even better, ones that are custom made to fit your ear. Good examples of these can be found here: https://www.proguarduk.co.uk/
If you have the regular foam earplugs then the best way to insert them is to first wash your hands then roll the earplug between your thumb and forefinger to soften it. Once it is softened give it a squeeze and pop it into your ear. Don’t push it too far into your ear canal as it can impact the wax which again would block up your ear more permanently than you would like. Once it is in your ear, let it expand to its normal size and it should be fitted pretty snugly. Always clean them thoroughly in the mornings to make sure ear infection causing bacteria doesn’t doesn’t build up on them.
Personally, I sleep on my side and therefore even with the best fitting earplugs my ears inevitably get sore and uncomfortable. The pressure of the pillow on my ear can often be a bit too much, resulting in a throbbing sensation which can wake me up, achieving the exact opposite result from what I wanted – a peaceful night’s sleep. I find that a pillow for earplugs is the best solution to this. These pillows are normally made for ear conditions such as CNH however the small hole in the pillow is ideal for allowing me to wear earplugs while I sleep without putting undue pressure on my ear. There are a few manufacturers of these although I find The Original P.W.A.H™ to be the best since the hole goes all the way through the pillow and they are a family run UK company.
Hopefully by following this short guide you can enjoy a quiet, pain free night’s sleep. Although, there IS one other quick fix solution – eliminate the source of the noise – please read my follow up guide on body-disposal for more information.