Why Earplugs May Help You Get the Sleep You Need

If you’ve ever found yourself waking up with a jolt in the middle of the night due to some random loud noise, whether it’s footsteps upstairs or music wafting from the neighbor’s place next door, you know how much this type of disruption can impact your energy the following day. Even being woken up just once in the middle of the night can be enough to make you more irritable and less energetic for the whole duration of the day. Still, if you have noticed you tend to wake up in the middle of the night relatively often, yet you’re unsure of what it could be, you may want to consider the noise levels around you.

The slightest noise disruption in the middle of the night can have the biggest impact on the quality and quantity of sleep you’re getting, even if you’re unaware of it. Or, maybe you haven’t really thought about it too much, and have just always assumed that your sleep quality was fine. As it turns out, even if you think you’re getting a good night’s sleep, you might be able to get even more quality shut-eye by wearing earplugs every night. It’s a pretty simple solution to a pretty common problem. I personally have found that wearing earplugs when I go to sleep every night has had an incredibly positive impact on how well I can sleep.

Research Supports Earplugs

Research on the nature of earplugs and sleep quality has found that people who wear earplugs to bed tend to have higher levels of melatonin and lower levels of cortisol. Translating this for those of us without a medical degree, melatonin is known as the “sleep hormone” which serves to regulate our sleep-wake cycles, so having elevated levels of melatonin while we sleep is a good thing.

Meanwhile, cortisol is a stress hormone that can interfere with the production of melatonin and overall sleep quality when it is released in high quantities. Less cortisol in the body means less stress and therefore better sleep. If you want to take these positive effects one step further, consider wearing a sleep mask to bed in addition to wearing earplugs.

Blocking out sound and light as much as you can may have the ability to increase the amount of time you spend in REM sleep, which is the deep type of sleep. Eye masks and earplugs aren’t just for airplanes anymore – try utilizing them at home to see what a difference they can make in your sleep habits. 

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