Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Secret to a Good Night's Sleep

Earplugs. That's the secret.
I'm a big believer in getting enough sleep. I always try to get eight hours a night, and, if I've missed out on some sleep during the week, I try to make it up over the weekend.
There have been studies showing that people who don't get enough sleep, wind up craving more food during the day. I know that if I don't sleep well the night before, I want to go on a carb-feeding frenzy.
But I've been having problems for the last few years, getting quality sleep, because my husband started snoring. There are nights when I get nine or ten hours of bed time, and I still wake up exhausted because he's woken me up four or five times with his snoring. And then there are the nights with the steady snoring which send me into the guest room.
Last week my husband was on a business trip and I got to enjoy several blissful nights of totally uninterrupted sleep. I couldn't believe the increased energy, stamina and mental clarity I experienced.
Now I love my husband, but I was really considering decamping to the guest room permanently just to escape the night-time noise.
Then I had a revelation at the pharmacy. As I was paying for a prescription the other day I spotted a display of Mack's Pillow Soft Earplugs.
"Aha," I said, and took them off the rack to inspect. Just then another woman came up behind me and said, "I'd never sleep if it wasn't for earplugs. My husband snores like a bear."
Well I took them home and tried them that night, and the night after that, and the night after that.
What a difference!!! I slept soundly every night and was completely oblivious to my husband's night time rumblings.


  1. I use earplugs too, because I live on a very noisy main road - I also use an eye mask - I sometimes feel a bit like a diva, but heck it is worth it!

  2. I sleep better with earplugs. My husband's snoring has lessened since he's lost weight, but outside noises wake me. Just think, if you decamp to the guest room, you will be missing out on OTHER activities so vital to health and wellness. So earplugs seem like a brilliant solution.

  3. Wow!! I guess I'm not the only one who's found earplugs!!!

    As far as missing out on other activities, I don't think so. We usually "activate" apart from sleeping!!