Block It All Out
Which ones to use?
Here are my favorite ear plugs: Hearos Extreme Protection. They’re consistently rated as delivering the best combination of noise reduction and comfort.
Another option are the Hearos Ultimate Softness line which are slightly smaller but still give very high noise reduction.
Finally, if you have trouble sleeping on your side with earplugs or have smaller ears, Mack’s Slim Fit earplugs are a good bet.
Our bodies are incredibly sensitive to light, and unfortunately we’re surrounded by more and more as new devices fill our lives. The typical American bedroom has an alarm clock, windows, phones, laptops, and televisions, all pumping out light while we try to sleep. Even turned off, many devices still emit bright light through their power buttons or other ‘standby’ lights. Even though it seems minimal, all of this adds up and can keep you awake.
Make a Change:
Find the earplugs and eyemask that work best for you and try them each night for two weeks. If they’re uncomfortable try another brand – it’s worth it!
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2887188/ – earplugs even work in Intensive Care Units, which might be the worst places in the world to get good sleep
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1478-5153.2009.00344.x/abstract – Earplugs improve your sleep
https://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-news/earplugs-and-eye-masks-help-promote-sleep – National Sleep Foundation gives earplugs and eyemasks a thumbs up
http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/brain-cells-responsible-for-keeping-218204 – The brain cells that respond to light to keep us awake
http://www.earplugsguide.com/best-earplugs-for-sleeping/ – This guy knows earplugs!