Earplugs are useful for protecting the ears from loud noises. People also use them for sleeping. Whether a person is a light sleeper living in a noisy city or a spouse trying to find relief from a partner’s snoring, earplugs can help. However, there is a growing concern as to whether sleeping with earplugs every night is safe. If you sleep with earplugs, there are essential things you should know about wearing them.
According to research, sleeping with earplugs can drastically improve the quality of your sleep. The quality of sleep is as significant as the amount of sleep one receives. For a great many people, earplugs are the only way to block out the sleep-depriving noise that interferes with good quality sleep, which over time can increase the risk of high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, obesity, and depression. Earplugs can block snoring, which is a common problem for many sleep-deprived spouses. Plugs can also benefit the person with tinnitus as they block noise and reduce the ringing in the ears that is so often described by those with tinnitus.
Earplugs are generally safe to wear, but there are some possible dangers associated with using them, including:
If you use earplugs to sleep, there are a few things you can do to reduce the risks associated with their use:
If your earplugs are the foam type, roll them into a cylindrical shape and insert halfway into the ear where they will expand. If the plugs are of the cone-shaped design and do not expand, insert the small end into the ear canal and lightly shove the earplug for a tight fit. Custom-fit earplugs are also an option. Earplugs are a fantastic option for helping you get quality sleep. Just be sure to follow recommendations in the safe use of these products.