So it’s been a little while since my last reporting on my quest for the perfect earplug, but I am happy to report that I have found it. Without further ado:
Mack’s Pillow Soft Kids Silicone Earplugs ($2.94 for 6 pairs). Yes they are silicone. Yes they are kid’s size. And yes they are perfect. I first tried the adult version of these, but besides not being an awesome shade of fluorescent orange, they were a little bit too much. Too much silicone that is. They were pretty good, but I found myself with giant masses of silicone that wouldn’t quite fit where they were supposed to.
The way these work is you roll them up into a ball, then place them in your ears. They are not meant to go into the ear canal, only to form a seal on the outside. The kid’s size are perfect for me. They form a seal (watertight according to the box) with a comfortable amount of material. They fit nicely inside my ears so that even though I am a side sleeper, I barely notice they are there.
And now for the results. Because not only must they be comfortable enough to wear all night (check!), they must also block sufficient noise for me to stay asleep. I will have to say, I have not once been woken up by snoring, the number one cause of my sleepless nights. In fact, I don’t really think I have been awoken by anything noise-related. If I am already awake, I can hear some things in a muffled sense, but nothing that will prevent me from falling asleep.
So there you have it. This is the clear winner in my book. I honestly have never slept so well in my life. I have been waking up in the morning and not feeling exhausted, which is new and amazing. If you have a partner that snores and keeps you awake, try it. It will change your life. I realize that sounded like a commercial, but seriously, I can’t believe it took me this many years of sleepless nights to try earplugs for the first time. I am sold.