Turn The World On Silent Mode With These Noise-Canceling Goods

If you don't happen to live in a city where nightly fireworks have become a new development, you've likely heard of them (and numerous bourgeoning conspiracy theories) by now. Short of screaming into a pillow out of sheer frustration (been there...) or turning on a meditation app in a futile attempt to take your mind off the incessant pops (...done that), you might be looking for ways to minimize loud noise while trying to get a good night's sleep.

We hear you loud and clear, so we've done the work and scoured the interwebs for the best noise-canceling items that'll actually work to help you get — and stay — fast asleep. From bulk bins of earplugs to fancy ambient noise machines, here's what we resort to when we need to get some much-needed peace and quiet.


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AcousticSheep SleepPhones Classic

From the makers of the popular RunPhones, meet SleepPhones. With a cozy fleece fabric that — yep — has concealed flat speakers on either side, these are perfect for slipping on and entering Dreamland.
AcousticSheep SleepPhones Classic, $39.95 Buy

Hearprotek Sleep Earbuds

I know what you're thinking: How are these different from any 'ol pair of earbuds? Well, if you're a side-sleeper, these buds are made to be comfortable (read: nothing poking the back of your ear) so you can fall asleep to the sounds of crickets chirping in complete bliss.
Hearprotek Sleep Earbuds, $18.99 Buy

HoMedics SoundSpa Sound Machine

This highly-rated sound machine isn't just an affordable life upgrade, but has a variety of ambient sounds including rain, thunder (?), ocean waves, and white noise that you can set on a timer function.
HoMedics SoundSpa® Sound Machine, $23.99 Buy

Joseche Sleep Headphones Bluetooth Eye Mask

This Amazon top-seller is as high tech as sleeping masks go. It's Bluetooth compatible for wireless syncing (and taking phone calls...), in addition to blocking out light and unwanted background noise.
Joseche Sleep Headphones Bluetooth Eye Mask, $23.99 Buy

Highland Dunes Single Curtain Panel

Blackout curtains don't just filter out light so you can sleep in total darkness. Many also work to reduce outdoor noise so you can create an optimal sleep space for catching up on zzz's.
Highland Dunes Galvez Herringbone Solid Color Max Blackout Thermal Grommet Single Curtain Panel, $39.99 Buy

Mack's Ultra Soft Foam Earplugs, 50 Pair

They're cheap, and they work —  most of the time, anyway. If ambient noise doesn't lull you to sleep, then try blocking out sound with the help of earplugs. (The squishier, the better.)
Mack's Ultra Soft Foam Earplugs, 50 Pair, $9.89 Buy

The Sleep Crown

Pair some earplugs with this expensive but very highly rated over-the-head pillow and you've got yourself a nice little noise hideaway.

The Sleep Crown Over-The-Head Pillow, $168.00 Buy

GE 6000 BTU 115-Volt Room Air Conditioner

Hear me out with this one. If you live in an apartment sans central AC, then a window unit can be life-changing with its ability to keep your bedroom cool while the fan effectively drowns out the majority of street noise.
GE 6000 BTU 115-Volt Room Air Conditioner, $194.00 Buy

Brookstone Sleep Sound Mixer

Fancy sleepers (or audiophiles), this one is for you. If you're not satisfied with preset modes of generic nature sounds, this highly-rated Brookstone gadget allows you to create your own bespoke ambient soundtrack to lull you to sleep.
Brookstone Sleep Sound Mixer, $99.99 Buy

Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

It's unconventional, but I'd be lying if I said I've never tried popping on a pair of noise-cancelling headphones as an absolute last resort to incessant street noise.
Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Bluetooth Headphones, $349.00 $299.00 Buy

Ostrich Pillow Light

While the primary benefit of the internet-famous Ostrich Pillow is to block light and provide a cushy surface (and hilarious appearance) with which to nap, the wraparound design also has mild sound-muffling effects, too.
OstrichPillow https://amzn.to/38bQpz3, $45.00 $39.99 Buy
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