The Best Ear Plugs for Sleeping

The Best Ear Plugs for Sleeping

By Stefan Mitrovic

After trying different kinds of earplugs and doing the research, DSRRY Silicone Noise Cancelling Ear Plugs have totally won us over with their perfect fit, comfortable silicone material, the fact that they are for all types of noises, and also they have an NRR 32 (noise reduction rating), which is almost the highest available! You will finally be able to enjoy a silent night.

Are you a light sleeper who is easily awaked by a slight movement or quiet talking, even whispering? Do you spend nights counting sheep without being able to fall back to sleep once your sleep has been disturbed? Or maybe your partner snores and that drives you crazy while they enjoy their deep sleep. If you find yourself in these scenarios, don’t worry – you are not alone. There are many people who have trouble falling asleep or enjoying a much-needed sleep throughout the night, due to their higher sensitivity to noise or aggravating circumstances such as loud neighbors.

 It is something that happens to all of us, and it is no fun at all. And what is worse is that sometimes nothing helps – different diet, counting those sheep, making sure to sleep when there is no noise around you – because, let’s face it, often even breathing itself may be annoying. However, there is a small miracle available for light sleepers – earplugs that allow you to enjoy perfect silence at night (or day, if you like to nap) in any circumstances. This is why we decided to take a collection of earplugs for sleeping and try them out. By doing this and paying attention to all of their other features, we picked the best ones from every category.

Types of Ear Plugs for Sleeping

There is a variety of earplugs on the market, and they are very different in their shapes, noise reduction ratings, materials, and the fact that they may reduce the noise but not cancel it completely. Before you start pursuing the pair that is just right for you, let’s get to know which earplugs types exist.

Based on these characteristics, they are divided into the following three categories:

  • Moldable – these earplugs are very soft and let you shape them like “Play-Doh” in any way that suits your ear and feels most comfortable
  • Reusable – these earplugs are mostly made of silicone and can be used for several days or weeks without losing any of their characteristics
  • Disposable – these earplugs are most often made of soft foam and are for single use. That is why they are sold in bulk (60 pairs of earplugs, for example).

Which are the best for you depends on what qualities you are looking for – moldable ones, disposable ones, ones of different shapes if the standard plugs don’t fit your ear properly?

There are even different sizes to fit the ear better, for example very small ones in case you are buying them for a child. One thing is sure – there is sure to be one kind that will fit your needs perfectly and allow you to sleep like a baby. We are here to help you with that.

Moldable Earplugs for Sleeping

As the word itself says, these earplugs are moldable and easily adjust to your ear’s contour. These are made of a very soft material, usually silicone, which lets you shape them any way you wish. That way they fit your ear perfectly and create a barrier between it and your surroundings.

Compared to most of the other standard earplugs which are inserted in the ear, these not only fill your ear canal but also cover it and the external part of the ear around it completely. These earplugs are famous for the fact that they are very comfortable and don’t irritate your ear.

The following are the two best kinds, according to our research.

Ear Plugs for Sleeping by Deep Sleeps

Ear Plugs for Sleeping by Deep Sleeps

This is our favorite type of moldable earplug, which allowed us to enjoy beautiful, deep, noise-free sleep. They  let us truly feel the difference between “noise reduction” and “noise blockage”, since they actually block the noise completely and allow you to sleep beside your hard-snoring partner, next to an open window while your neighbors are in the middle of an argument, or in a neighborhood where every backyard has a dog that loves to bark its heart out.

They come in a very simple but elegant transparent plastic box (4 pairs) and at a reasonable price considering what they have to offer.

Features of the Ear Plugs for Sleeping by Deep Sleeps

Just like other types of moldable earplugs, these are made of soft silicone, making them very easy to mold. Instead of with other types that have a cube-like shape, these are shaped like cylinders, which gives them a different, more interesting and appealing look.

They are reusable, so they last for longer periods without your having to worry about buying a new pack. The life span is not indicated, but we got the impression that they could be used for multiple days and maybe even a few weeks, if proper care is taken.

Another important comparison that we should mention is that instead of reducing noise they actually block outside noise completely, allowing you to enjoy deeper REM sleep phases and avoid hearing any noise. This includes high pitch sounds, which are usually heard even with earplugs in, unless the plugs are especially designed for certain situations such as for workers at construction sites.

Advantages of the Ear Plugs for Sleeping by Deep Sleeps
  • Improved Noise Blocking
    This is a new and improved version of Deep Sleeps earplugs which enables almost total noise blockage and allows you to enjoy deeper sleep in much-needed silence. They cover your whole ear canal, creating the perfect sound barrier.
  • Washable
    A great advantage is that you can wash them and then reuse them. This makes them perfect for people who really care about cleanliness. You can clean them with soapy water or alcohol gel. This also prevents ear infections. It is just important not to put them in touch with essential oils or hand creams, because these can damage the material.
  • The perfect gift
    They can be a perfect gift for your partner or a roommate who tends to snore or is just too loud when you wish to sleep.
  • Risk-Free Guarantee
    Deep Sleeps wants to make sure you are satisfied with your purchase and offers a 60-day money-back guarantee.
Bottom Line

Overall, this is a top-quality product that gives great value for the price.

Silicone Putty Moulded Ear Plugs by Sleepytime

Silicone Putty Moulded Ear Plugs by Sleepytime

These are the second-best moldable earplugs on our list! They provide much-needed silence; however, compared to the first choice, they don’t offer complete noise blockage but more of a noise reduction.

However, this might actually be a true benefit for most people. If you wish to sleep peacefully but still want to be able to hear your alarm clock, doorbell, or any other important sound, they are an excellent choice. Yes, many of us wish to “listen to silence” when we sleep; however, we still need to be reactive to certain sounds.

Features of the Silicone Putty Moulded Ear Plugs by Sleepytime

We would say that these are one of the best earplugs on the market. They are so soft and easy to mold, presenting a perfect choice for someone who has trouble with uncomfortable earplugs. They are even fun to play with (we say they could even serve as a stress reliever)! They block out noises of 22DB (22 NNR), which is pretty amazing for earplugs.  

Another great feature is that you can use them not only for sleeping but for other noisy activities such as concerts, parties, loud places, etc. They come in small cube-like shapes, and if there is too much material, you can simply take a chunk off and then mold them into your ear. These earplugs are sold in packs of 6 or 12 pieces, in different colors such as pink, blue, orange, etc. Since they are reusable, this is a decent supply for around 15 to 40 days.

Advantages of the Silicone Putty Moulded Ear Plugs by Sleepytime
  • 22DB noise blockage
    These earplugs block out 22 Db of noise, which is fantastic (it is not the strongest blockage, but necessary if you need to [hear some significant sounds)
  • Super moldable
    These earplugs are made of plasticine-like material, making them very easy and even fun to use and mold for your exact ear shape
  • Super Comfortable
    Plasticine earplugs are often more comfortable than foam earplugs, which tend to cause discomfort in some users.
  • Safe to use
    You can put them in your ears and sleep relaxed and noise-free without having to worry if they are absolutely safe and will not get stuck in your ear. These are also non-toxic.
  • Non-Allergenic
    They are a perfect choice for people who have allergies to certain materials.
Bottom Line

A product with great noise blockage, these offer great comfort and are not even expensive!

Reusable Earplugs for Sleeping

Reusable earplugs are usually made of soft silicone or plastic material, thus are more durable and can be used multiple times. They come in different shapes, such as the regular ones which look like rounded cones, the ones that get narrow towards the top, and other irregular shapes. Some are connected with a cord. They are all made to fit the ear perfectly. Reusable earplugs have different levels of ear protection (NNR levels), so which ones you will pick depends on your needs.

As we said, we tried a variety of kinds and the following ones are the best reusable earplugs according to our extensive research. Among them is also our overall top choice for the best earplugs from all of the three categories.

DSRRY Silicone Noise Cancelling Ear Plugs

DSRRY Silicone Noise Cancelling Ear Plugs

We found these earplugs to be phenomenal in every area: they are very well designed and fit the ear perfectly, they are durable and last for days, and, on top of all that, they block noise very well. They are actually a premium product, having the highest NNR among all earplugs.

These earplugs might be a bit pricier for a two-pack. However, there are numerous offers on Amazon with a different prices and number of pairs in each pack. Also, since they offer almost total silence, we say no price is too high for a wonderful, peaceful sleep.

Features of the DSRRY Silicone Noise Cancelling Ear Plugs

These earplugs adjust to your ear shape very well, thanks to their mushroom-like head and rounded tops. You don’t have to spend time shaping the foam or molding them like with the moldable ones, but only have to press them into your ear.

Their small handles stick out as you wear them but, contrary to what you might be thinking, they don’t bring any discomfort. If you sleep on your side, they bend easily. Thanks to this handle you can take out the earplugs easily. This is especially perfect for people who are afraid that their earplugs will get stuck and “lost” in the ear (even though that doesn’t actually happen with any kind). They also come in a very nice light grey pouch so there’s no chance of losing them.

Advantages of the DSRRY Silicone Noise Cancelling Ear Plugs
  • Premium hearing and ear protection
    As we mentioned, this is a premium product offering the premium hearing protection of a 32 Noise Reduction Rating. This protects your hearing in every possible noisy situation from concerts, construction sites, and workshops, and helps in other scenarios such as swimming, sleeping peacefully on airplanes, etc.
  • Very comfortable material
    This material and shape presents a perfect combination not only for sleeping but for daily activities. They don’t cause any discomfort when worn for longer periods.
  • The perfect fit
    Another plus is their shape, but for another reason. Not only do these earplugs fit amazingly well into anyone’s ears, but they allow deeper penetration and an even stronger sound barrier.
  • Waterproof
    It is important to know that not all earplugs for sleeping are waterproof. However, since these are, it is quite a benefit.
Bottom Line

These are great noise-canceling earplugs. With premium hearing protection, you’ll sleep like a baby! They are comfy and offer a great fit.

Bememo Corded Reusable Silicone Earplugs

Bememo Corded Reusable Silicone Earplugs

These earplugs for sleeping were our second choice when it comes to reusable earplugs. They are similar to the above-mentioned top choice; they also have a mushroom-like shape with a rounded head, which is easily adjusted to everyone’s ears, they protect from the noise effects, are very comfortable, and have small handles for taking them out easily.

They have a special additional part, which is the cord that connects them, and that is quite a bonus especially if you plan on using them off and on. Also, they are sold in a pack of 20 pairs, which is an outstanding offer for that price.

Features of the Bememo Corded Reusable Silicone Earplugs

Is there anything better than being able to enjoy a perfect night sleeping so deeply without hearing a sound? It is just you and the silence around you – sounds perfect to me. What might be even better is that this silence is also available if you work in a noisy area and get tired of the noise now and then. This is exactly what these earplugs have to offer because they are connected with a cord that allows you to keep them handy for times when you need relief from the noise. What we especially love about these is that they come in fancy, vibrant colors.

There is no need to worry about them getting lost; they will be handy and ready for intermittent loud noises as you work. However convenient these corded reusable earplugs are, we would say that the previous Silicone Noise Cancelling Ear Plugs do cancel noise more efficiently and are thus marked as a slightly better option.

Advantages of
  • The perfect design
    What we call a “mushroom-like” shape some call a “Christmas tree” shape. Names might be different, but one thing is for sure – this shape fits perfectly into everyone’s ears and allows a deeper penetration
  • Vibrant colors
    They come in single colors (the cord and earplugs) or mixed, which is fun to wear and even allows you to match them with your clothes
  • So soft
    The well-known silicone makes them pleasant to use and easy to insert.
  • The cord
    What is different about these earplugs is that they are connected with a cord of around 60cm (24 inches) in length and made of strong and durable nylon.
  • Great value for money
    It takes just a few minutes or even less to clean them, which will enable these earplugs to last for several weeks and make this 20-pair-pack quite a supply.
Bottom Line the Bememo Corded Reusable Silicone Earplugs

Amazingly designed earplugs with vibrant colors. Since they’re extremely soft, you will forget that you even have them on. Strong, durable, and quite inexpensive!

Disposable Earplugs for Sleeping

What is characteristic of this category of earplugs is that they are made of a special kind of self-adjusting foam that fits any ear canal, creating a very good noise barrier. These earplugs have a very simple design and are cheap, thus are perfect for single use. However, they are also fit for multiple uses if necessary. You may have seen them on airplanes, since this is the kind usually given out to passengers.

Another characteristic of these is that it takes around 10 seconds to change their shape and make them flatter in order to insert them into your ears. After flattening, you can feel the foam adjusting by itself, trying to go back to its original shape and thus fitting your ear canal perfectly. 

MPOW HP055A SNR Soft Foam Earplugs

MPOW HP055A SNR Soft Foam Earplugs

We have found these MPOW Earplugs to be the perfect example of high-quality disposable earplugs. Not only do they offer an amazing sound blockage, but they also come at a fantastic price for 60 pairs. MPOW is a company that has been on the market for a while now and specializes in the production of numerous sound-related products such as speakers, regular and noise-canceling headphones, business and gaming headsets, earplugs, and many other accessories.

MPOW was actually awarded a “Best Seller” prize in the European region by Amazon in 2016 and, up until now, one-third of all headphone buyers on Amazon have purchased MPOW products. Thanks to all this and the fact that we have tried out these earplugs ourselves, we warmly recommend them.

Features of the MPOW HP055A SNR Soft Foam Earplugs

These earplugs have such a simple shape; they look like a cone with a rounded top. They are very soft and enjoyable to the touch because they are made from self-adjusting foam. When inserted, most of their surface is located inside the outer ear; they may also penetrate deeper into the ear canal. Their removal is simple, however this should be done slowly, without yanking them out.

Just like the other earplug models, these MPOW ones are also perfect for other activities where hearing needs protection, such as concerts, parties, busy restaurants, very loud neighbors, snoring, etc.

Advantages of the MPOW HP055A SNR Soft Foam Earplugs
  • Remarkable noise blocker
    These outstanding earplugs have tremendously high NNR at 34DB, making them one of the best on the market in that feature.
  • Gentle and Tender
    They are much softer than silicone earplugs and evoke no pain or discomfort to the user. However, because they are so tender they are more disposable than silicone or moldable types.
  • The foam
    It has a slow rebound time; once it’s inserted you can feel it moving back to its original cone-like shape and adjusting to your ears’ contour.
  • MPOW quality guarantee
    MPOW guarantees that their earplugs will offer better protection from certain sounds if the earplugs are fully inserted into the ears (the proper wearing method is shown in the link of the product).
  • Travel-friendly
    Many earplugs come with small pouches or plastic cases to keep them safe, however, these come with an amazing aluminium cylinder-like carrying case that can be kept on your keychain and is very convenient.
Bottom Line

Overall, MPOV did a great job with these earplugs. They are strong and durable, yet quite gentle and tender. No wonder these are on Amazon’s best-selling list.

What to Look for in a Good Earplugs for Sleeping

Someone could say: “Purchasing earplugs is a piece of cake, how hard can it be!?”, and we can agree with the fact that the purchasing process truly is easy. But choosing the right earplug takes some time if you consider several variables in order to get the right pair. We tried out a number of different earplugs with which we were left unsatisfied and disillusioned, since there is quite a difference in characteristics and overall effect. Here is the list of features you should consider:

  • Good Noise Reduction
    This is one of the most important factors since noise reduction is the whole purpose of buying earplugs. You can check this by looking at their NNR level, which ranges from the lowest at 22 dB to the highest at 33 db. As we mentioned, the difference in these levels is in the ability of earplugs to reduce noise or to cancel it completely. This is important to know; while some people just wish to hear sounds in lower intensity, others wish for complete silence.
  • Comfortable Fit
    You read above about the different earplug shapes and how they work. Once again, they are made from either self-adjustable foam, plasticine-like material, or silicone, which all have their benefits and downfalls. Self-adjustable foam is very easy to work with and is very soft. They snuggle into your ear very well and are comfortable. However, it might take up to a few minutes for them to rebound, which requires you to wait. Or they can start rebounding very fast, which means that you need to flatten them and insert them into your ear quite fast. Moldable earplugs are good for people who can’t find standard ones to fit their ears; that is why silicone earplugs are a good choice. You get a chunk of silicone, which you can shape any way you wish or remove excess material if it is too much for your ear. This covers not only your ear canal but the area over and around it, creating the maximum effect. The downfall is that they are very obvious and can be sticky, which might feel a bit strange in your ear.
  • Secure Fit
    It doesn’t matter if you buy earplugs with the highest NNR or the highest-quality material if they keep falling out of your ear. It is important for them to snuggle into your ear canal completely so that you are confident they are not moving. This is why it is a good idea to buy some cheaper ones first and see which feel the best for you. Some sellers offer packages of different earplugs for that purpose.
  • Earplug Size
    Before buying any earplugs it would be wise to know if your ear canals are on the small or large side. This is because different earplugs sizes exist and there is no need to buy the regular ones if your ears are smaller than average. This is especially good for women to know, because regular earplugs are usually made for men. Thus, if you are a female take your time and look for a smaller size. Not only will it be more comfortable for your ear canal but having the correct size will prevent the earplugs from falling out.
  • Intended Use
    Before purchasing any earplugs please make sure to find the ones that will be the best for the intended use. We are mostly talking about earplugs for sleeping in this article, and it is clear that they need to be quite powerful to minimize ambient noises from your partner’s snoring, traffic, loud neighbors, etc. However, we also recommend that you make sure you find the right earplugs for other activities as well. For example, if you are swimming your earplugs need to be water-resistant, or if you are riding a motorbike you will need the kind that reduce wind noise and fit comfortably under your helmet but still let you safely hear traffic noise.