Have you ever noticed that you are cranky or don’t feel well after enduring a sleepless night? Usually, you can make up for a missed night of sleep by getting a full night’s sleep the next night; but what if you suffer from sleeplessness every single night because of constant noise keeping you awake?
It’s no way to live, and definitely no way to sleep, but how can you drown-out the constant noise keeping you awake at night? The last time I checked, it was frowned-upon to smother your significant other as they snore, and stopping the hustle and bustle of the city outside is impossible.
The answer to getting a full night’s sleep lies in the ability of a noise-canceling device, and I have listed the 10 best below.
These noise-canceling headphones may be the best overall noise-canceling device for sleeping because of the device’s versatility. While these headphones are created for noise cancellation, they can be used for so much more than that.
These headphones fully wrap around your head for a comfortable all-night fit. Unlike earbuds that become uncomfortable after long-term use, these headphones will remain comfortable all night. There are two fabrics you can choose from: breeze or fleece. The breeze fabric is a lightweight fabric, while the fleece fabric is a thicker, warmer fabric.
One of the best features of these headphones is how they can also serve as a sleep mask. Simply pull them down to drown out any visual distraction that may contribute to your sleepless night.
Other features of these headphones include Bluetooth capability, rechargeable battery with a USB charging port, and a one-year warranty.
Bose has carried one of the highest reputations for years in all things related to sound and speakers. One of their latest innovations is their Noise-Masking Sleep Buds. Bose has provided noise-canceling headphones in both wired and wireless fashion for many years, and while the new Noise-Masking Sleep Buds are not noise cancelling, they take a different approach of masking exterior noises by playing soothing sounds directly into your ear to minimize those unwanted noises that you do hear.
While the Noise-Masking Sleep Buds are earbud-style headphones, these are tiny earbuds that come with three sizes of ear-tips to ensure they properly fit inside your ear and remain comfortable, even when sleeping on your side. The buds will fit inside your ear comfortable all night long so even as you toss and turn the earbud should maintain its position and not interfere with your sleeping.
The Bose team engineered both the Sleep Buds and a Bose Sleep app for your smartphone so that you can customize the sounds that you hear during this ever so important time of day. The earbuds are battery operated and will hold a charge for up to 16 hours of continuous use. This should be plenty long enough for the average person to get through the night or even a long flight across the world.
Taking a very different and simple approach, the Lullies earplugs are no smart device. Let’s face it that we have enough battery-operated devices and electronics in our lives, and sometimes, particularly while sleeping we just need to unplug and separate.
These earplugs are simple re-usable earplugs to get you through the night. Lullies can be utilized for much more than just sleeping as they are effective earplugs to drown out a busy world, but they are perfectly effective for a simple night’s sleep.
The earplugs by Lullies are washable a re-useable, and feature as a special stiffener to ensure they hold their shape while deep in your ear canal. The earplug features a short rod for insertion and removal, and if the rod is too long then you can simply cut it shorter, which may or may not be required for side sleepers.
Lullies primary objective is to trap all sounds out of your ear, and they achieve that while still remaining comfortable but not cheap like disposable earplugs for working in the machine shop. Lullies also come with a case for storage or travel.
Not just for babies on those teething nights, the Dreamegg sound machine is another device that aims to cancel out noises preventing sleep by masking it with more pleasant sounds.
The Dreamegg sound machine carries a 5-star rating and a low price tag, which makes it a great addition to your home. A great advantage to a sound machine is that it can help more than one person like your snoring spouse and it can also be shared, unlike earbuds or plugs.
This sound machine features 24 different soothing sounds to choose from. These sounds include fan noises, lullabies, and nature sounds. Simply turn on the sound machine and set the volume, and you are ready to rest.
The sound machine also has numerous settings to include a timed play or a continuous play and a nice night light built right into the bezel. The night light is not overpowering; it provides just enough of a glow to be called a night light but not so much that it prevents rest.
Blackout curtains are known for shutting out the light from your room, but the added benefit of blackout curtains is that they actually help keep sound out of your room; especially on homes with older windows that aren’t insulated well.
The NICETOWN Thermal Insulated Blackout Curtains fill that need well. These curtains come in a variety of colors to help decorate your room and then have a plethora of added advantages from insulation to darkening of your room.
The most important feature is that they simply absorb the sound being produced. This will provide a much quieter night of sleep. Another added advantage of NICETOWN’s curtains is that they are the same color on both sides of the curtain, rather than being black on the window side of the curtain, which is commonly found on other brands.
The Wrap-a-Nap takes a different approach, and while touted as a travel pillow/mask/muff it functions perfectly for sleeping virtually anywhere. The plush fleece sleep mask wraps around your head and secures with Velcro allowing adjustability. The mask will cover both your eyes and ear to prevent unwanted sound and light from interrupting your good night’s rest.
This product has the added bonus of being made to be portable, so it can easily travel with you through the airport or in that hotel while away on those business meetings where your company inevitably secures you a hotel right by the airport.
While similar to the Dreamegg sound machine, the Adaptive Sound Technologies LectroFan sound machine takes a different approach less aimed at children and more for an adult. The LectroFan sound machine provides various fan noises or white noise to help drown out unwanted sound. This unit has the added benefit of power through a normal AC outlet or through USB giving the unit visibility next to your bed.
8 – 10 Google Nest Hub & Hub Max, Amazon – Echo Show, and Amazon – Echo Dot
The last three favorites are all lumped together as they all serve the same function for noise cancellation/ sleep aid, yet they are all so much more. The Google Nest Hubs and the Amazon Echo devices can serve as sleep aids as they each can provide white noise and sleep sounds through various skills/apps, but they can equally serve you on your bedside table as an alarm clock, a weather station, and a calendar. Even the devices with screens work well on a bedside table as they all have features built in to help control the lighting during those nighttime hours. These devices shouldn’t be overlooked when making a decision for sleep aid without putting something inside your ear canal.
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