Sleeping In The Sound Of Silence

To parody Shakespeare’s famous Hamlet quote: “To sleep or not to sleep? That is the question!” Living in the midst of hustles and worries of the busy city, sleeping has become a basic commodity for most people. Whether you work all day or in night shift, you really need to get a sleep in the comfort of your own bedroom. Unfortunately, noises coming from the outside can disturb your sleep-wake cycle, thus making you get up from bed in distress and irritation. Of course you have to sleep --- that’s the answer to the question. And there are ways on how you’ll be able to get the answer.

Sounds versus Noises

The first thing that you have to know is how sound is propagated. The energy produced by the vibrating particles is transferred through different media, most commonly through air or through solid surfaces. The amplitude of the sound wave determines the loud intensity of the propagating sound. Some sounds can be soft and negligible; others are too loud and distracting which eventually become noises. In science, these unpleasant and unwanted sounds are already considered a form of pollution simply because it tends to disturb the normal living of the animals usually. In the case of humans, too much noise can cause temporary deafness and restlessness. If you’re aiming to have a continuous peaceful sleep, you would prefer to have less noises coming into your bedroom. Luckily, there is what we call soundproofing, a process of minimizing the sound transmission across a certain location. This method is commonly observed at places which tend to produce noises or attempt to reduce noises, like movie houses, music studios, and conference rooms. Sounds expensive, doesn’t it?

Soundproofing Your Bedroom

But actually, to sleep peacefully in the bedroom despite the random noises outside can be affordable. You just have to focus on lessening the sound entering into your room. You may attach weather stripping tapes on the rim of the windows and doors. You may also put on thick curtains to absorb the excess vibrations. Using carpet on the floor can also help, especially if you are living in a condominium or apartment type building where noises can come from the room below yours. Now, for the sounds coming from the room above yours, you may attach foam panels in your ceiling instead. For the walls, you could fasten foam nets to dissipate the noises penetrating through them. Adding furniture might also help in the soundproofing process.

Yes, you’ve heard it right! Soundproofing your own bedroom doesn’t have to be that pricey. Now you could answer the question: to sleep or not to sleep? Read more about the tips to soundproof your own room at low cost.