If you have a snoring partner or live on a busy road you probably find it hard to get a good night’s sleep.
We’ve researched the best ear plugs for sleeping available in the UK in 2017. Here are our top 5 picks. Since everyone is different, there’s no single ‘best’ pair of ear plugs for everyone; you might need to try a few different brands before you find a pair you like.
3M E-A-R Classic Earplugs
3M manufacture a range of highly regarded hearing protection products including these popular ear plugs, which are ideal for sleeping.
Made from soft polymer foam, the 3M E-A-R Classic Earplugs adapt to fit the size and shape of your ears, making them a comfy choice for wearing in bed.
These ear plugs won’t completely block out sounds, but they do a great job at minimising the volume of snoring, cars, dogs barking and other sounds that might keep you awake.
3M E-A-R Classic Earplugs offer good value for money. In addition to sleeping they can also be used for other activities where you want to block out loud sounds.
Howard Leight Laser Lite Soft Foam Earplugs
Like 3M, Howard Leight is another well respected brand in the hearing protection industry. The Howard Leight Laser Lite Soft Foam Earplugs are made from self-adjusting polyurethane foam which is expands to fit your ears.
The Howard Leight Laser Lite Soft Foam Earplugs have an SNR of 35 dB, which means they can reduce the volume of loud noises by roughly 35 decibels. This means they’re very effective at blocking out loud sounds and can also come in handy if you want to protect your hearing when doing DIY or other activities.
These ear plugs are quite small and might not fit as snugly as the 3M E-A-R Classic Earplugs, especially if you have larger than average ears.
Ohropax Earplugs Soft
As the name suggests, Ohropax Earplugs Soft are made from a soft material that expands to fit your ears. They are reusable provided you keep them clean.
With an NRR of 30 dB, they don’t block out sound quite as effectively as the Howard Leight ear plugs reviewed above. Nevertheless, they’re effective at blocking out the sound of snoring and traffic. You will still be able to hear some sounds such as your alarm clock, but sounds will be dampened considerably.
Bio Ears Soft Silicone EarPlugs
These ear plugs from Bio Ears are made from soft silicone and contain Activaloe, an aloe vera gel which can kill bad bacteria. These ear plugs are reusable and come in a small plastic storage box.
The Bio Ears Soft Silicone EarPlugs have an NRR of 22 dB which means they are effective at blocking out loud noises, though not to the same extent as the Ohropax Earplugs Soft or Howard Leight Laser Lite Soft Foam Earplugs reviewed above.
Most people find these ear plugs comfortable as they adapt to fit your ears. It might take a while for you to work out how to fit them in a way that feels comfy, but with a bit of experimentation you should find they fit well.
Like all of the ear plugs reviewed here, the Bio Ears Soft Silicone EarPlugs are a good choice if you’re a light sleeper. They’re also useful for protecting your hearing and blocking out noise in the daytime.
Earplugs for Sleeping by Deep Sleeps
These ear plugs from Deep Sleeps are specially designed for sleeping. They’re made from mouldable silicone putty that is pliable and can be shaped to fit your ears. This is great if you’ve found one-size-fits-all ear plugs to be unsatisfactory.
One great thing about these ear plugs is that they’re washable so you can reuse them. Of course you should replace them eventually, but provided you keep them clean you should be able to reuse them for a long time.
These ear plugs are very effective at reducing the sound of snoring. They don’t fully block out noise so you’ll still be able to hear your alarm clock! They’re comfortable for sleeping, even if you’re sleeping on your side.