It’s 1 a.m. and you’re wide awake because the noise is so loud outside or next door. If you don’t have the luxury of living on the higher floor in New York City, you may be stuck living in a building’s single digits. When this happens, there are some things you can do immediately to block the noise until you have more time and energy to do something about it the next day.
Here are a few ways you can block the noise or help you go to sleep faster if you’re lying awake late at night:
Move away from the noise
If the noise comes through the window, move away from the window. If the noise is coming through the right wall, move to the left side. This may be easy to recommend, but hard to execute because the apartments may be really small. If you can, however, move your bed to another part of the room in the middle of the night, then it may help you fall asleep.
Turn on a fan
A fan will block most of the noise. If you have an air conditioner, turn the fan option on to block the sound. A small fan can block noise as well.
Turn down the temperature
Even though it doesn’t block the noise, a lower room temperature may help you fall asleep faster. Optimal sleeping temperature is 60 and 67, so turn down the temp or blow a fan on you.
Tune in some white noise
White noise can block the noise the same way as a fan. Smart speakers can play white noise or you can download sound machines on your smartphone. Static sounds a lot like a fan after a while.
Play some tunes
If white noise isn’t your thing, then consider playing music. Youtube has music to sleep to. Just make sure auto-play isn’t enabled or you may wake up to other loud noises coming through the speakers.
Soft earplugs may be the best option when it comes to blocking out noise. It shouldn’t be the first option because it’s good to be aware of your surroundings when sleeping. It’s best to be able to hear your phone (or alarm!) while sleeping.
Drink sour cherry juice
Tart cherry juice has anti-inflammatory properties and tryptophan and anthocyanins, which are two compounds that may help your body create melatonin. Not only is it healthy, but it man also help you fall asleep faster.
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