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Traveling with a snorer? Find out our readers’ top recommendations for how to block out snoring noise when sharing accommodation. These tips are game changers!
How to Block Out Snoring Noise
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Travel Fashion help! Reader asks:
What do you recommend for someone who snores or someone who has to listen to it?
Are you stuck sharing a room (or even a bed) with someone who snores while you travel? Frustrated about not getting your nightly six to 10 hours?
We get it, traveling with others means you have to adapt to and deal with their behaviors, positive and negative, and snoring is a major one.
We asked TFG readers to give us their best recommendations for traveling with someone who snores. From white noise machines to earbuds, noise-cancelling headphones and apps, our readers have some great tips and tricks to share with you!
Block Noise with a Sound Machine or Conditioner
Snoring is distracting to your ability to get a good night’s sleep and you’ve got a ton of exciting plans and things to do that you’re going to want to be rested up for. So, you’ve got to figure out a fool-proof way to deal with the snorer in your room!
Sound Machines Can Help Subdue the Noise
One of the most popular recommendations for sharing a room with someone who snores is to travel with a portable noise machine. Readers share that sound machines help drown out the snorer somewhat.
A sound machine like the LectroFan is a travel-friendly wireless device that has 10 sounds that can help drown out the noise including fan settings, white noise sounds, and even a soothing ocean sound.
One TFG reader shares that they “always travel with this little beauty.” It runs off a built-in battery that’s easy to charge on the road. It’s also compact, fits in your hand, and swivels around so that you can adjust where the noise goes.
These are also recommended if you travel with babies!
Or ‘Condition’ the Sound With a White Noise Machine
A sound conditioner works much like a sound machine but focuses on masking disruptive sounds and creates soothing night noise.
The Marpac Zohne Portable Sound Conditioner is compact and lightweight but is a heavy-hitter when it comes to blocking out.
A number of TFG readers recommended packing one of these little guys when you head out on a trip and are planning on sharing space with someone who snores. One even noted, “After a few trials and errors, this brand has been reliable and the one that works for us.”
Pack a Good Pair of Headphones
Noise-cancelling headphones can work wonders when it comes to blocking out the noise caused by snoring.
Get a Pair of Over-the-Ear Headphones
TFG readers are fast to recommend Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones. Not only do they offer good sound quality and comfort, but they also block out external noise.
One reader says, “Bose headphones and a white noise app allows me to sleep through my husband’s snoring.”
Here are the best noise-cancelling headphones!
Or Stick with Discrete Earbuds
Not everyone loves over-the-ear headphones, especially if you’re trying to sleep. In that case, discrete earbuds might be a better choice.
One TFG reader shares, “Bose Noise Cancelling in-ear earphones. They are fairly flat and I sleep with them turned on. Works a treat.”
The Bose QuietControl Wireless model is great because not only does it cancel out the noise in the room, but they’re wireless so there’s no cord to tangle with when you’re trying to fall asleep.
Another TFG reader recommends, “Ocean sounds, I play it on my Google speakers, or if I’m in a hotel, on my phone. Nice ambient noise through my headphones.”
Take a look at our Bose QuietComfort 20 review!
SleepPhones AcousticSheep Classic Headphones
If you’re looking for a good pair of comfortable headphones to wear in bed to help block out the noise of your roommate or partner snoring, then try the SleepPhones AcousticSheep Classic Headphones.
These headphones are pleasant to wear lying down, even if you’re sleeping on your side. And they can double as a sleep mask for your plane ride by simply pulling the band over your eyes. One TFG reader shared, “I bought SleepPhones and listen to podcasts when I go to sleep.”
These are comfortable, bed-friendly headphones, regardless of how you sleep. One happy customer described it as putting your head in a soundproof room. If you’re looking for something to block out snoring, these SleepPhones were made for you!
You can alternatively grab a wireless pair if you’d like, but they’re a bit more expensive.
Take the Traditional Earplug Route
Sometimes sticking with good ol’ fashion methods work best. Take, for example, earplugs!
Earplug technology has seriously improved in recent years and some TFG readers swear by them, one shared, “Earplugs really help—kinda weird at first but after a while, you don’t notice they’re in! Also helps if you’re staying somewhere that’s noisy, but they won’t block out an emergency alarm.”
But they caution against using traditional foam earplugs because they don’t work well enough to block noise. Instead, one TFG reader suggests, “Industrial earplugs, the kind that go into the ear canal and snaps shut.”
Bose Noise Masking Sleepbuds
Not only do our good friends at Bose make great headphones, but they’re also in the earbud business. And while their Noise Masking Sleepbuds look like headphones, they are built to cover up unwanted sounds (read: snoring) with soothing ones to help you sleep.
TFG readers swear by these earbuds, quite literally. One shared, “they prevented me from murdering my ex. Pricey, but so is jail time.” While another quipped that they are “a bit less drastic than divorce and they work!”
If you’re traveling with a roommate or partner that snores, you might want to consider a pair of these relationship-saving earplugs.
Macks Pillow Earplugs
While foam earplugs seem to be duds to many TFG readers, the Mack’s Pillow Soft Silicone Earplugs are a hit. These moldable silicone earplugs help you get a comfortable, noise-free sleep.
One TFG reader shares, “Mack’s Earplugs!! The wax ones, not the foam, the foam is a waste of money. Also the clear wax ones, not the orange, lol. I’ve tried pretty much every earplug I could find and those are the only ones that I’ve found helpful. I have sensitive hearing and hear everything but also have difficulties sleeping, like my ceiling fan has kept me awake in the past and these help so much.”
While another shares that “these silicone earplugs do a great job at blocking noise.”
Moldex SparkPlugs Tapered Foam
Don’t rule foam options out yet though, because one TFG reader suggests using the Moldex SparkPlugs which are a tapered foam model that fits into your ear and seal comfortably.
The reader recounts, “I have been using these for years. My husband snores, and we currently have two adult sons living with us who work second shift and are up all night.”
These earplugs have a noise reduction ability rated at 33 dB, so you should be able to get your well-deserved rest.
Bring Along a Foldable Travel Fan
Fans are a great way to reduce unwanted noise and keep the temperature cool. And you can get some small, compact ones that are perfect for travel.
They make a nice, soothing sound while keeping a cool breeze on you so you can get a good night’s rest.
A compact, foldable travel fan like the Vornado FIT Personal Air Circulator is perfect to pack for your next vacation. It folds into itself to make a nice packable design, has two speeds, and is small so it won’t get in the way.
One TFG reader shares, “I need the fan for white noise since my hubby snores and also for my hot flashes during the night!”
The Technology Sleep Assist
If you find yourself sharing space on your travels with someone who snores, technology can be a serious help—especially if you pair it with a pair of noise-cancelling headphones.
White Noise App Recommendations
An overwhelming number of TFG readers suggest using a white noise or sound creation app to help you sleep if your roommate snores.
One TFG reader shares, “You can use a white noise app on your phone or iPad to drown out the noise (the apps have numerous sounds to select from)—I use “Relax Melodies” app.”
TFG readers recommend the White Noise App as their number one app. But, a few also recommend the following white noise apps:
- Sleep Pillow App
White Noise Album
A white noise app isn’t your only choice though, one TFG reader shares that she purchased a white noise album on iTunes instead. “I play on continuous repeat. It worked well with regular headphones but now that I have noise-canceling headphones it’s wonderful.”
Product Comparison Chart
|BRAND | MODEL||FEATURES | REVIEWS||RATING | PRICE|
|Block Noise with a Sound Machine or Conditioner|
|LectroFan Wireless Sleep Sound Machine||It runs off a built-in battery that’s easy to charge on the road.||Check Price|
|Marpac Zohne Sound Conditioner||The Marpac Zohne Portable Sound Conditioner is compact and lightweight but is a heavy-hitter when it comes to blocking out.||Check Price|
|Pack a Good Pair of Headphones|
|Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones||“Bose headphones and a white noise app allows me to sleep through my husband’s snoring.”||Check Price|
|Bose QuietControl 30 Wireless Headphones||“Ocean sounds, I play it on my Google speakers, or if I’m in a hotel, on my phone. Nice ambient noise through my headphones.”||Check Price|
|SleepPhones AcousticSheep Headphones||“I bought SleepPhones and listen to podcasts when I go to sleep.”||Check Price|
|Take the Traditional Earplug Route|
|Wootrip NRR 32 dB Noise Reduction Ear Plugs||“Industrial earplugs, the kind that go into the ear canal and snaps shut.”||Check Price|
|Bose Noise Masking Sleepbuds||“They prevented me from murdering my ex. Pricey, but so is jail time.”||Check Price|
|Mack’s Pillow Soft Silicone Earplugs||“These silicone earplugs do a great job at blocking noise.”||Check Price|
|Moldex SparkPlugs Tapered Foam||“I have been using these for years. My husband snores, and we currently have two adult sons living with us who work second shift and are up all night.”||Check Price|
|Bring Along a Travel Fan|
|Vornado FIT Personal Air Circulator Fan||“I need the fan for white noise since my hubby snores and also for my hot flashes during the night!”||Check Price|
How to Stop (or Reduce) Snoring
Sleeping in the same room as someone who snores can be incredibly frustrating—and can result in a serious lack of sleep. And one of the best solutions is to reduce or stop the snoring.
While this isn’t an easy task, TFG readers had a few suggestions for how you can reduce or stop your traveling companion from snoring.
Use a Rhinomed Mute Nasal Dilator
The Rhinomed Mute Nasal Dilator looks a little strange, but it can seriously help reduce snoring.
One TFG reader shares, “I wear a mouthguard for apnea and my sleep dentist recommends these for people who still snore. Took a few days to get used to them but they work great and now I totally can tell if I forget to wear it. Buy the sampler pack to start and find the right size.”
If you need to reduce snoring for your roommate, partner or even you, they’re worth a try!
Try Breathe Right Strips
Breathe Right Strips work wonders when it comes to unclogging your nose, and they can make a serious impact when you’re trying to sleep (especially when you’re sick).
TFG readers share that they’re also incredibly useful when it comes to reducing snoring. One shared, “My friend’s husband tried those Breathe Right strips you put on your nose. It helped him breathe through his nose, snoring decreased.”
They stick right onto the bridge of your nose and open your airways helping you secure a good night’s sleep. Another TFG reader suggests, “Cold room, extra-strength Breathe Right strips and a pump of Afrin nasal spray.”
Check with the Doctor or Participate in a Sleep Study
If snoring is a huge problem, one of the best ways to handle it is to talk to a doctor or participate in a sleep study. There are a ton of things that cause snoring and you might be surprised about the solution.
One TFG reader shared, “Check with a doctor. My hubs was assessed by an ENT (Ear-Nose-Throat doctor), it changed our lives! Only wish we’d done it years ago. None of the typically suggested remedies worked for a reason and we needed to know that reason. Exam revealed the problem and Day Surgery was required. Poof! Quality of life vastly improved for us both! No more snoring!”
A sleep study can help you address the actual problem, instead of using a “bandaid solution” as one TFG reader put it. There can be some pretty serious negative consequences when it comes to snoring so it’s important to take into consideration.
One TFG reader shared her positive results, “After decades of snoring, my husband was given a CPAP machine. It gives us quiet nights. Life-changing.”
Change Sleeping Positions
Sometimes your sleeping position can affect whether or not you snore. One TFG reader suggests, “Best is to turn the person’s position of sleeping. Sideways sleeping won’t make a person snore compared to one sleeping on his back.”
With another adding, “When the snorer snores, turn his head to the side. Mind your strength, don’t vent your anger and turn too hard.”
And finally, another TFG reader suggested that “the person who snores could sleep slightly elevated.”
Using Travel Adapter
Charging your device in other countries can be a challenge if you don’t have the correct wall plug, but the Universal Travel Adapter was made exactly for that.
In addition, if you’re sharing your room with other travelers, you may be limited to charging space. Always travel with an adapter like this one, which allows you to charge up to three devices at once.
Using Packing Cubes
Packing cubes are deemed the ultimate packing organizers. Not only they allow you to keep clothing organized and compact but also they can be used to store electronics and other fiddly bits such as power cords, cables, power bank charges, and travel alarm clock!
Watch this packing video – it will change the way you travel!
What are your tips and tricks on how to block out snoring noise? Share your thoughts below!
For more help on getting the best travel sleep, please read:
- Best Travel Pillow Styles to Support Your Neck for Better Sleep on Flights
- What are the Best Noise-Cancelling Headphones for Travel?
- The Best Travel Pajamas for Women
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