I’m quite a light sleeper, and in a foreign land or hotel or just a strange bed, I sometimes have trouble sleeping because of new or strange noises. This is even more so if I have to share a room. What if your room mate… snores?! ARGH!
Previously, I’d cover my head with a pillow and nearly suffocate in the process. This isn’t foolproof though. No matter how you try, the pillow only manages to mask some sound… and its uncomfortable.
It was a bit of brainwave (for me) one day when I thought of trying ear plugs!
You can buy these ear plugs from most pharmacies. I like these which I bought in Singapore for something like S$1.95 a pair. They are smaller, softer and more pliable, and fit my ear canal better. I haven’t seen these here, but I have also bought others from Guardian pharmacy before.
These foam ear plugs are easy to use. Roll them into a narrow point, insert in ear and it’ll automatically “inflate” to fit your ear canal and block out noise.
Its not that all noise is blocked out. You can still hear if someone talks to you albeit it will be soft. But it will block out noise like people snoring, traffic outside the window, TV (if your room mate likes to watch TV before bed), lifts (if your room is near the lift) and the like.
Since I started travelling with ear plugs, I’ve had a much better night’s rest which, is quite instrumental for energy the next day to traipse around cities or face business meetings. Recently, when I stayed at the Plaza Hotel in Seoul, I noted that my room was actually quite noisy in the morning, because it was facing the main roads which had heavy traffic. It never really bothered me though, thanks to these ear plugs
Cleaning is easy. Just wash them in warm water and you’re done. I reckon they will last a while, but I bought doubles. Just in case
Do you already travel with ear plugs? Am I just late to the party? I’m not sensitive to light, but if you are, eye masks are another great way to travel and get a good night’s rest.