Few things in life are more irritating than being kept awake by someone snoring. As well as causing sleepless nights, snoring can damage relationships and mean you have to sleep in another room of the house to your partner.
One short-term solution is to buy some good ear plugs to block out the sound of snoring. After researching the market, we’ve picked out 5 of the best ear plugs for snoring available in the UK in 2017. We hope one of these products helps you get a better night’s sleep!
1. Howard Leight Laser Lite Soft Foam Earplugs
These disposable foam ear plugs from Howard Leight are some of the most popular ear plugs in the UK at the moment. They have an SNR of 35 dB, which means they offer some of the highest noise reduction possible.
The Howard Leight Laser Lite Soft Foam Earplugs are relatively comfy to wear, which makes them a good choice for sleeping in. They also stay in the ear well, without slipping out. These ear plugs are disposable, but the foam skin has a soil-resistant design to prevent dirt from building up, so you should be able to use them a few times.
These ear plugs are cheap, especially if you buy them in bulk. They’re good at reducing the noise of snoring and dulling other noises such as traffic.
2. 3M E-A-R Classic Earplugs
The E-A-R Classic Earplugs are made by 3M, which is one of the leading brands in the hearing protection industry. Like the Howard Leight Laser Lite Soft Foam Earplugs, they offer very good value for money.
These ear plugs are made from squishy polymer foam which helps give them fit well in the ear. They’re comfortable to wear even if you sleep on your side. The E-A-R Classic Earplugs are moisture-resistant and can be reused a few times, though they won’t work so well after a few uses.
Like all ear plugs, they won’t completely block out snoring if your partner snores very loudly, but they do a good job at reducing the volume to a more comfortable level.
3. Moldex Spark 7800 Ear Plugs
These interestingly designed ear plugs from Moldex have a noise reduction rating (NRR) of 35 dB, which means they’re very effective at reducing the volume of loud noises. They’re made from soft foam with a tapered design that makes them easy to insert into your ears.
The Spark 7800 Ear Plugs can be reused a few times, though they will lose their softness after a while. They’re very cheap when bought in bulk, so you it won’t cost much to use a new pair after a few nights of use.
These ear plugs are soft and comfortable, so you should be able to sleep in them easily. Best of all, they’re very good at dampening the sound of snoring!
4. Quies Earplug Natural Wax
These silicone ear plugs are malleable and can be moulded to fit the shape of your ears. They’re designed to protect the ears from water while swimming, but can also be used to block out the sound of snoring.
The Quies Natural Wax ear plugs work a bit differently to regular ear plugs. You roll them between your hands to soften them and then mould them like putty into an ear plug shape before gently putting them into your ears. They’re made from cotton and natural wax (which won’t melt into your ears).
The soft design of these ear plugs makes them comfortable for sleeping in, and they do a great job at blocking out the sound of a snoring partner.
5. Ohropax Soft
These soft foam ear plugs from Ohropax are fairly comfortable to sleep in even if you sleep on your side. They are easy to insert and while they can feel a bit hard to begin with, they soften up once they warm up.
The Ohropax Soft ear plugs have a noise reduction rating (NRR) of 30 dB, which means they can reduce sounds by around 30 decibels. They are very effective at reducing snoring, and could be a relationship saver!
These ear plugs are washable and can be reused about 3 times before they start to lose their effect. Like the other ear plugs reviewed here, they’re quite cheap when bought in bulk.
Ear Plugs for Snoring FAQs
Is it safe to sleep in ear plugs?
Ear plugs are generally safe to sleep in, but there are a few potential risks:
- Infection: The soft foam used in ear plugs can become a breeding ground for bacteria, which can lead to an ear infection. This is why you should ideally use a new pair every night. Most ear plugs are disposable and are only designed to be worn once. If you keep them clean it should be fine to reuse them a few times, but it’s more hygienic to replace your ear plugs frequently. If you decide to reuse your ear plugs, clean them with soap and let them dry thoroughly between each use.
- Build-up of ear wax: Wearing ear plugs can prevent ear wax from slipping out of your ears. This can lead to a build-up of ear wax which can become compacted.
- Not hearing important noises: As well as blocking out snoring, ear plugs will also reduce the sound of important noises such as smoke alarms. Most alarms are easily loud enough to hear through ear plugs, but this is something to consider.
Can ear plugs completely block out snoring?
Ear plugs can only reduce the volume of sounds. Nobody has yet invented an ear plug that can completely block out all sounds, and this is probably impossible due to the way sound travels. This means that ear plugs won’t completely block out the sound of snoring. However, they can reduce the volume to a point where it won’t disturb you anymore. If the snoring is exceptionally loud you might find that ear plugs aren’t enough.
Do you need ear plugs specially designed for snoring?
There isn’t much you can do to change the design of an ear plug to make it better for reducing the sound of snoring. Nevertheless, several companies sell ear plugs that appear to be specially designed for snoring. In general, these ear plugs don’t offer any real advantage over regular ear plugs.
One example is Snore Calm ELITE Foam Ear Plugs, which are designed especially for snoring and are more expensive than regular ear plugs. However, they don’t really offer any extra advantages to justify the price, and are arguably lower quality than cheaper products from Howard Leight and 3M.