My son just sent me a couple of links that imply noise at night/disturbed sleep can greatly affect your weight.
I sleep in a fairly noisy environment here in Mexico with barking dogs, fireworks, loud music, etc. being regular occurences. I also am having difficulty losing weight despite eating properly. I am stuck in a 'fat-but-fit' spot (also hypothyroid).
I know I am light sensitive and use a mask for that, but possibly earplugs would be a good idea too. Has anyone tried earplugs, and what effect did it have?
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on February 02, 2012
at 06:39 AM
Even when I sleep somewhere quiet, I feel like I still sleep better with earplugs. I have a theory that my own snoring is loud enough to disturb my sleep sometimes.
on February 01, 2012
at 11:00 PM
It makes perfect sense to me that it would. Noise no question disturbs my sleep and disturbed sleep would lead to lack of sleep which equals body not functioning properly.
I have lived in an extremely noise household my entire life, Home Business, LOUD TVs on in every room till late at night, noisy animals. I started sleeping with earplugs and wearing a set of these during a lot of other times. It was uncomfortable to wear earplugs while sleeping at first, which affected sleep, but now I am used to them and there is no question I sleep better and feel more rested when I have them in at night. I did a lot of research and trial and error on a good pair. Some are too big if you sleep on your side and others do not block noise well, so it pays to order a couple pair. For me, these were the best at blocking noise, but a little uncomfortable to sleep with since they are kind of big and shaped odd. These did not block noise as well as the others but were more comfortable to sleep with.
on February 01, 2012
at 10:58 PM
Noise at night impacts my sleep much more than light. I don't sleep with lights on or anything, but light that comes through venetian blinds is fine. Sleep masks and total blackout makes me feel awful -- drugged and sluggish -- in the AM. Noise is just awful at night though. I heard an interesting interview with a sleep specialist on Dr. Hoffman's radio broadcast and she mentioned that even if one doesn't wake up - -the street noise keeps brain too active. I find that since a jerk moved in above me who lets his bengal cats knock things over all night long -- I'm frequently startled awake. Sucks. I used ear plugs which work like a charm but they are not healthy long-term and the expense adds up. You introduce too much bacteria into the ear canal; they can push wax further back in to the ear canal and prevent proper circulation of ear wax; they can worsen TMJ and cause pain/swelling of delicate ear canal tissues (especially true for me because I am very petite with very little ears.) I eventually gave up on the ear plugs but found that sleep was much better with them but we really can't afford the expense and the swelling of the foam eventually irritated my tm joint. I tried natural wax/cotton -- sort of slimy but do not block sound nearly as well. Foam rules -- best I tried and I tried many were the ones designated for women and slim fit for smaller ear canals. Some people have success with white noise machines too but in my case, I have no trouble falling asleep - it's just the BANG, ROLL ROLL noise from bengal cats knocking things over that startles me awake. They are most active after midnight of course...Good luck !