Noise pollution is an unavoidable factor of our busy, modern lives.
Not only are we exposed to it in the daytime, it even works it’s way into our sleeping hours as well.
Studies have shown that loud, unpleasant noises in times of rest for humans can release the hormone cortisol- which subsequently can lead to feelings of stress and anxiety- often in the moments when we are trying our best to switch off our minds.
Road traffic noises can be a common disturbance when it comes to sleep, and can drastically affect the amount of rejuvenating sleep we can acquire.
Here are a few things to try if noise pollution is working its way into your restful hours.
Although noise pollution can be a real nuisance, if you happen to live in a city, it’s an unavoidable fact of life.
If this is the case, your best bet is to invest in a pair of good ear plugs, which can comfortably be inserted into your ears before bed, and which won’t fall out in your sleep.
Avoid the big bulky ones!
You’re plugging your ears for a better night’s sleep, and uncomfortable earplugs are just going to keep you up for longer.
Close the window
Although it can be nice to have the windows open as we sleep- our bodies do cool down naturally to allow us to drift off- sometimes allowing in the noises from the outside world can be tricky to drift off to.
It all depends on personal opinion of course, but if you’re awoken by the slightest noise- probably best to stick to keeping the windows firmly closed.
Leave your bedroom door open for some form of ventilation throughout the night or opt for a fan or air conditioner if you really like to sleep cool.
Invest in those furnishings
When it comes to noise pollution, a great way to tackle it in the bedroom is to invest in soft furnishings, such as curtains and big, thick rugs for the floor.
Rugs and carpets are great for minimising the echo of feet and any noisy neighbours you might have.
If you’ve got super thin walls in your bedroom you can even try hanging a mat on the wall as a centrepiece to the whole room, super stylish and great at dampening any noise pollution!
Opt for noise cancelling headphones
Although when we think of noise cancelling headphones, the largest over-the-ear ones spring to mind, there are plenty of in-ear headphones on the market specially designed to combat noise pollution and to send you off to sleep to gentle, calming music.
Some headphones are even fitted with a timer, switching off automatically after a period of soothing music.
Set up a strong bedtime routine
It’s much more difficult to wake from dozing due to noise pollution if you’re in a deep sleep.
A structured bedtime routine will mean that your body is programmed to drop into deep sleep for the longest period of time, you should also wake up naturally before any noise pollution weaves its way into your head.