Originally Posted by Darrin
One of the things that help me sleep is foam ear plugs. Takes a bit to get used to sleeping with them in your ears but random noises no longer wake me up. I can still hear the loud noises so I wont sleep through my smoke detector going off but the ratty exhaust car passing by at night doesn't wake me up anymore.
FYI, if you try this you don't have to use new plugs every night but do have to change them regularly. The foam breaks down from use and allows more noise to get through. One more thing, if you try this the plugs have to be properly inserted or they don't work. That means read the instructions and use them properly. To many people just kinda put them in their ear which wont help you sleep or protect your ears in a noisy environment like they are designed to do.
Having spent lot of time in heavy machinery workshops, as well as on shooting ranges, I know exactly what you mean by having to use them properly - makes a massive difference in the amount of sound they cut out!
I did finally manage to fall asleep without drugs last night, at 6am. And then was woken by my partner's 3yo daughter coming in to say good morning at 9am (on a Sunday). She's too cute to be cross about it at all! But gosh I wish I'd had a few more hours. Going to be another all-nighter tonight it seems, I can't take meds during the week as I'll end up oversleeping and not being available to work in the morning.