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

If you don't live in a city where constant honking and sirens are the norm, then perhaps you have a sibling or roommate who watches midnight Netflix at sleep-altering decibels. Short of screaming into a pillow (been there...) or turning on a meditation app in a futile attempt to block out the incessant noise (...done that), you might be looking for other more formidable ways to minimize all that racket while trying to catch a few winks.

We hear you loud and clear, so we scoured the interwebs for the best noise-canceling buys that'll actually work to help you fall fast asleep and stay that way until rise-and-shine time. From bulk bins of earplugs to fancy ambient noise machines that actually cut through the fray, here's what you can turn to when in dire need of some gosh-darn peace and quiet.


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SNOOZ White Noise Sound Machine

The SNOOZ sound machine is as functional as it is good looking. It actually contains a real fan inside, features adjustable tones, and has 10 volume settings to help you fall and stay asleep.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.)
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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.

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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.
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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.
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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-canceling headphones as an absolute last resort to incessant street noise.
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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.
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