Hearing the first patters of rain, your eyes fly open to check the time and you groan, realising that’s it’s only 3:47am. The rain drops keep getting heavier and clearly a thunderstorm is brewing.
Because you’re such a light sleeper, you know that it will take you a while again to get back to sleep because of the downpour outside. Lightning flashes outside your window, illuminating your dark room for the briefest of seconds, followed by a bass-rumbling thunder. You’re definitely not going to get a deep sleep.
Meanwhile, heavy sleepers think that it’s a boon for being a light sleeper. They would jokingly say something like, “At least you won’t sleep through a burglary.”
It’s a fair point, but that’s what home alarm systems are for.
What light sleepers have to deal with lack of sleep are those tiny disturbances, such as tree branches scratching against your window, your cat meowing at two o’clock in the morning as she spots a spider on the ceiling, and then there’s the flushing of a toilet.
You can’t count how many times you have lost sleep just because someone is celebrating with fireworks in the neighbourhood, or when your roommate tosses and turns during their sleep, or when you can actually hear your sibling snoring in their room adjacent to yours. The list goes on. Your eye-bags have proven it.
So how can you sleep more, without having to sacrifice more sleep hours than you usually do? Here are a couple methods you can take a crack at to help you get the sleep you deserve:
It can be somewhat arduous to find the right pair of comfortable earplugs, especially if you’re trying to find the ones that stay in place throughout the night. They are highly effective in cancelling out any noise while you’re catching up on your beauty sleep. It is recommended to find reusable earplugs, which can be cleaned regularly to prevent the formation of bacteria coming into contact with the inner ear.
Light sensitivity can also be an issue for light sleepers. To counteract this, you can invest in extra comfy sleep masks which shut out light effectively. Catching afternoon nap times have never been so easy with these. Combine a snug sleep mask with earplugs and you will most probably get the best nap time ever.
Ambient music is what you call “unobtrusive” music. It’s a genre of music which evokes an atmospheric tone rather than structure or rhythm. It’s difficult for light sleepers to fall asleep to normal types of music. The beat of the drums might be too loud, the guitar riffs might pierce your ears, or maybe even the vocals might not be pleasant to listen to when you want to fall asleep. However, when it comes to ambient music, it’s soothing enough to listen to that you probably won’t even notice it’s playing after a while. Playing ambient music will help drown out outside noises that would be the first ones to usually wake you up.
Do you ever wonder why the best sleeps are the ones when it’s raining outside? Not heavy rain. Not thunderstorms. Just rain. Sometimes you’re just hoping that this rain would always accompany you for a good night’s sleep, but – well – you can’t control the weather.
This is where white noise takes over, which can simulate the sounds of the pitter-pattering of the rain, or the hum of a running fan, or even the sounds of the ocean. It is unlike ambient music, where it uses instruments to create a soothing feeling. White noise imitates daily, basic, non-repetitive sounds. This is why creating an atmospheric white noise in your room drowns out unnecessary outside sounds. These white noises are sounds which your brain doesn’t have to process thoroughly. They pass through your consciousness, captivating your attention, but not needing any real focus.
Even if there are trivial bumps in the night which won’t normally fully wake you up, it will still disturb your sleep cycle. Try these methods of achieving the consistent deep sleep that you need at night.