When birds of a feather decide it’s time to live in an apartment together, it can only mean one thing – night owls wind up with early birds. This virtually assures that someone’s always cranky about how noisy the nest is when it’s time to wind down.
Here are some ideas on how to keep the peace (and quiet) in your own home:
Whether you’re a Jimmy Fallon fan or a dedicated gamer, headphones like the Sony MDR RF925RK will let you go deep into the night without disrupting any one else’s sleep. The wireless function means you’re even free to roam (at bit) if need be. This is also a nice option for anyone who has difficulty hearing, since these can be comfortably worn to get amplified sound without cranking up the TV volume to 11. Best of all, the headphones are activated by being placed on your head, so all you need to do to turn them off is take them off. If you’re someone who likes to fall asleep in front of the TV, these headphones are for you.
White Noise Machines
The come in all kinds of shapes, sizes and sounds. There are some that play the radio, act as an alarm clock, project the time onto the ceiling, tell the temperature and mimic the rainforest, all at once. And of course there’s an app for that, if you’re don’t need to use your phone for something else (like checking out the stories on your Equity Residential blog). Bottom line, if you’re looking for a device that does one thing really well, the Marpac Dohm is the industry standard and costs less than $50. That’s a small price to pay for a good night’s sleep.
The good folks at Consumer Reports report that foam earplugs can reduce noise by 20 decibels, but only if worn properly. They recommend that you “roll the earplug gently between your fingers to make it long and thin, then reach over your head to lift your ear with one hand while inserting the earplug with the other. Hold each earplug in place until it expands.” It’s the ultimate in cheap, portable noise reduction, particularly if you find white noise too distracting or your nest-mate snores like Fred Flintstone. Whichever method you choose, a well-muffled home is a happy home. With these readily available solutions, you and your bird friends should have no trouble flocking together, any time of the day or night.