Is using earplugs bad for sleep? I'm a light sleeper and usually get awakened by light noises so I've been thinking of using earplugs just so I could get some nice deep sleep for once. I'm aware that they might be bad for the ear canals in long-term use but is it bad for actual sleeping?
Tried them once since my neighbor was being annoying and had a stag party going on when I was trying to get some sleep for a big exam tomorrow. I woke up forgetting I had them in my ears and almost the whole day didn't notice it. I guess they worked too well.
Personally, I sleep like a log, so I haven't ever really had to use them, however when I HAD to when a roommate of mine at band competition was snoring terribly and I couldn't bear it any longer, they worked well for me, but then again it all matters on what you find comfortable.
I use earplugs nearly everynight, have for the past 12-14years. I have hypeacusis, which makes me very sensitive to certain sounds. . Anything that is at a frequency and volume to carry through my bedroom walls wakes me up. So if anything earplugs improve me sleep dramatically in that I can stay asleep for longer and get deeper, better sleep.
But I'd recommend:
--find the right earplugs for you. Most people don't need the earplugs used for loud environments for sleeping, so start with lighter earplugs to block out just enough sound so you can sleep.
--don't put in earplugs if you've just showered or swimmed and your ear canal still wet
--your ears is connect to your sinuses by a nifty thing called the Eustachion tube (it's what "pops" from changes in air pressure), which helps drain mucus from your middle ear (gross, I know) and regulate pressure in both your ears and sinuses. So if you have a sinus infection or cold, be careful to not overuse earplugs
--different brands have a different feel. If one brand is at all irritating or uncomfortable, don't use them.
--if you have an allergic reaction to the earplugs, of course don't use them
--occasionally rinse your ear canals out with saline solution or hydrogen peroxide if you use earplugs regularly and keep yoru earplugs somewhere where they'll stay clean, and don't overuse the same pair
--limit how much you use earplugs if you develop dryness in your ears. You can use a few drops of mineral oil or olive oil to help remedy the dryness