You roll over in bed and peek at the clock. The time reads ‘1:00 a.m.’, but your neighbours are still talking loudly outside, an unwelcome distraction keeping you awake. Whether it’s your noisy neighbours, nearby traffic, or loud music, there are plenty of frustrating noises that can come between you and a peaceful night of rest. 

Earplugs for sleeping are the perfect way to tune out noisy distractions for anyone trying to get a good night’s sleep! Those who travel regularly, live in big cities and apartment buildings or share a house with noisy room-mates find peace in earplugs daily. They have always been popular, but the added pressure of lock-downs with everyone being home all day and night is causing increased noise and stress.  Something we get asked occasionally is, is it bad to wear earplugs every night? 

We’ll examine whether earplugs are safe, the possible risks of wearing earplugs, the different types of earplugs, and how to use them safely.

Lady Sleeping with Dreamgirl Soft Foam Earplugs

Are Earplugs Safe?

As long as you take care of your ears, earplugs don’t cause damage. It is important to make certain that there’s no wax buildup and that they’re not clogged with gunk because this could lead toward infection. When you don’t use them properly, though, there are potential side effects. Furthermore, if you’re new to using them – especially if you’re prone to ear problems – it is also a good idea to discuss them with your doctor first. 

In some cases, some people may prefer other methods of cancelling out noise. We have a great range of alternative products to earplugs for sleeping including Bluetooth headphones, noise-cancelling earbuds, and white noise machines to aid you in achieving a deep and peaceful sleep!

How to Safely Use Earplugs

Clean and Dry

You should make sure your earplugs are always clean and dry before each use. Too much moisture can harbour bacteria growth, which could lead to an infection. Plus, regularly cleaning your reusable earplugs will further prevent the accumulation of bacteria, keeping your ears nice and healthy. Use the protective case that comes with your earplugs and keep them out of direct sunlight. 

If you suffer from water staying in your ear canals after swimming or showering, we highly recommend the use of a Macks Ear Dryer, invented by an Ear Nose & Throat Specialist to safely and effectively dry the ear canal in about one minute. Alternatively you can use Macks Dry N Clear to help get the trapped water out of your ears!

Mack’s Dry-n-Clear Ear Drying Aid Sleep and Sound

Discard Disposable Plugs 

Earplugs, such as foam and soft silicone putty, are considered disposable earplugs for sleep. Whilst they can be worn more than once it is not recommended to keep using them once they become too soiled. Putting them in your ears once they have a build up of wax could make you more susceptible to infection. Therefore, if you use disposable plugs, discard them after each couple of wears and replace them with a fresh, new pair. This will ensure you keep any nasties at bay and will also make sure that your earplugs are doing their job and blocking out the degree of decibels that they are intended to. 

Choose Ones That Fit Comfortably

There are different types of earplugs, and some may fit your ears better than others. For example, you may find that flange earplugs feel more comfortable than silicone putty or foam. You should choose the material and design that feels best, and therefore, will allow you to sleep comfortably.

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Insert Them Gently

The ear canal is a very delicate area, and therefore, you should always be gentle when putting anything in and out of your ears, including plugs. Place them in slowly without trying to push them in too deep. Be just as cautious when taking them out by going slowly until the plug is completely removed.

Safe Storage

Where you keep your earplugs when they are not in use is equally important. To prevent moisture buildup or bacteria growth, always store them in a clean and well-ventilated area. 

contents of alpine sleepsoft earplugs

Keep Earwax Build Up at Bay

Pro Rinse Earwax Removal Kit is the best way to remove excess earwax. It’s safe and effective!

Doctors warn against the use of cotton-tipped buds for cleaning the ears because they can be damaging to the ears and eardrum. It’s always a relief to find an effective way of removing earwax. The Pro Rinse Ear Wax Removal Kit makes it easy and safe for you! 

Medical Mack’s Wax Away Earwax Removal Drops

Types of Earplugs for Sleeping

Foam

Foam plugs are typically inexpensive and made to expand and adapt to the shape of the ear canal. Finding the right sized earplugs is imperative to blocking sound and for user comfort to wear all night long. We have specially designed smaller earplugs for people with smaller ear canals. And earplugs are more suited to people with larger ear canals and that provide maximum noise blocking. You insert the plug by rolling it into a thin cylinder shape. To insert the ear plug, hold it gently for 30-40 seconds as the foam expands to avoid it pushing its way out of place. If it doesn’t feel right, simply remove and try again until you have the perfect fit. 

Silicone Putty

This type of plug is also one of the more budget-friendly options for consumers. Silicone putty ear plugs are pre-molded to fit the shape of the canal, but size can vary among users. However, since they can be moulded, they adjust to fit a variety of ear sizes and are a comfortable option for earplugs for sleep or day. 

Flanged

Flanged ear plugs typically come with two or three webbed rings designed to help the product remain stabilised within the canal. According to Medical Hearing Solutions, this also allows them to provide multiple barriers against outside noise. Sometimes these are available on a cord as well which is super handy if you need earplugs for work around the house doing a bit of DIY or gardening. Another advantage is these can be washed and therefore are reusable. 

Alpine WorkSafe Earplugs

The Benefits of Earplugs

Earplugs can greatly improve your sleep quality. For people who are unable to block out unwanted sounds while sleeping, such as the loud freeway traffic or someone snoring next to them, you should try using ear plugs, so their ears don’t have any disruptive noises disrupting these important hours of rest. 

The benefits from wearing a quality pair of earplugs will give a better chance at achieving deep slumber with less interrupted doze-offs throughout each night which is great for both mental health and physical wellbeing!

Lady holding earplugs to block noise

While earplugs can help block out sounds, there may be other obstacles still interfering with your slumber, such as sleep disorders and other health complications. If you’re struggling with additional sleep-related issues, Sleep Advisor has informational guides to help you achieve a better night’s rest.

lady sleeping with white noise on bedside      Light Weight Amazfit ZenBuds

Alternatively please feel free to reach out to one of our team members at info@sleepandsound.com.au who can help suggest something to get a great night sleep!