You go to bed. You fall asleep. And then you are rudely awoken because the person next to you is snoring.
You nudge. You kick. You shake them. For a moment, it subsides. Then it returns louder than ever.
It’s little wonder that snoring is one of the most popular reasons cited for divorce following only financial problems and infidelity.
After all, unwanted noise is annoying. Particularly when you are trying to rest.
Snoring is not the only noise that keeps us up at night.
Other irritating sounds include traffic, car alarms, dogs barking, loud neighbours and construction projects which are carried out at night.
A strange, but common, phenomenon among those who struggle to sleep at night due to noise, is the case of the unexplainable ‘hum’.
Since the 1950s, there have been national and international news stories reflecting this.
In Bristol, Southampton and Suffolk mysterious low frequency noise keeping residents awake has been reported.
Blame has been cast on everything from power generators to ‘sonic fish’ in the north Atlantic and their approaches to the English Channel. The sound has also been the subject of various far-fetched conspiracy theories.
Some people try to block out noise with ear plugs. Others use a white noise generator, a fan, or a tape of nature sounds to block unwanted noise when trying to sleep.
The most recent “solution” comes from Bose.
The company has created sleepbuds with built-in noise-masking technology.
Designed for comfort, these tiny, wireless sleepbuds are designed to help you sleep.
Instead of streaming music, they deliver 10 pre-loaded soothing sounds, some optimised for masking and others for relaxation.
The idea came after research Bose conducted suggested that, generally, people are not getting enough proper rest when they go to bed on a night.
The sleepbuds are currently only available in the U.S. and Canada.
Not your problem
Some noise interruptions shouldn’t be your problem to try to combat.
Instead the onus is often on the maker of noise to comply with certain rules.
Night hours are 11pm until 7am. To reduce noise nuisance from houses and premises, the law defines a maximum amount of noise which is acceptable during night hours.
When noise exceeds the permitted level, the council can investigate and take action against the noise source.
This can include noisy neighbours, disruptive dogs and car alarms.
In some cases, construction projects get the go-ahead for night-time works – usually to minimise disruption in the daytime and make the length of the project shorter.
However, developers and contractors have to comply to certain rules to prevent excessive noise pollution.
Often this includes some form of acoustic barriers.
Ours have been scientifically developed by leading acoustic engineers and are the most effective temporary noise control solutions on the market.
They have also been used at music events and festivals.
Sadly however, while our barriers can solve most noisy problems, there’s nothing they can do about your partner’s snoring.