Earplugs are a proven tool for sound sleep and productive work. When used correctly, earplugs block most environmental sounds - from the noise of cars and the rustle of paper to talking on the street and barking dogs (for highly sensitive people, these are full-fledged irritants). At the same time, most earplugs allow you to hear the sound of an alarm clock, phone or alarm, so the risk of oversleeping an early rise or missing an important call does not increase. At first, devices made of polypropylene, silicone or polyurethane seem frankly uncomfortable, but, getting used to it, you can work without distraction and fall asleep faster. Nevertheless, for the sake of your own safety, it is important to consider the risks of this method.
Unlike swimming or shooting earplugs, sleep earbuds have minimal pressure on the ears and can be used for a long time, but carelessness can damage the inner ear, develop infection, or irritate the skin. You shouldn't place the earplugs too deep in the ear canal: it should be possible to remove them with your fingers without any problems, and if you have to use tweezers for this, this is a sign that you have gone too far. In this case, during sleep, when we do not control the position of the earplugs, they can move even further and injure the eardrum. The likelihood is low, as earplugs will have to go a long way to do this, but not all manufacturers are equally conscious about designing the shape of these devices, so it is better to be careful.
Pulling out the earplugs too quickly risks damaging the inner ear. Earplugs suck in some air in the ear canal and create a partial "vacuum" in it: this simultaneously blocks sound and prevents the earplugs from falling out. Pulling them out too quickly can stretch the eardrum and damage the eardrum, causing not only pain or increased susceptibility to infections, but also partial hearing loss. You need to pull out the earplugs slowly, carefully twisting them in order to weaken the conditional "vacuum" in the passage.
Minimize Sleep Risks
in earplugs it is very simple -
it is a matter of measure and hygiene
With frequent use, earplugs can also irritate the skin, but the main danger is infection. Our ears collect dust and dead skin particles, and sometimes plant pollen or even the remains of dead insects. Natural cleansing is provided by earwax, which removes impurities from the passage, but earplugs get in the way of this process. Health experts at Columbia University say that prolonged use of earplugs sometimes results in too much earwax, and bacteria lingering in the ears overnight can lead to infection. Warm, damp foam or cotton wool soft earplugs are an ideal environment for bacteria to grow, and because they are not easy to clean completely, this often brings reusable soft ear plugs to an otolaryngologist's office. The alternatives made from silicone, polyurethane, and various proprietary thermal materials are not as good for bacteria, but can also cause ear infections if not properly cleaned.
It is very easy to minimize the risks of sleeping with earplugs - it's a matter of measure and hygiene. Thoroughly clean the earplugs after use: they should be washed with soap and warm water and dried with a towel. Only touch the earplugs before use and store them in the dedicated case for the rest of the time. Do not use earplugs until they are completely dry or place them in wet ears: water retention inside the ear canal increases the risk of infection.Be that as it may, doctors recommend, if possible, from time to time without earplugs, so as not to subject the ear canal to constant "blockage" and not to develop dependence on such soundproofing.
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