It is very difficult knowing which earplugs to choose for sleeping nowadays. This is because of the amazing fact there are so many types and brands to choose from. How are you to know which are the best?
In our opinion moulded earplugs are the best sleeping variety. This is for several reasons. The main reason is comfort; some types are not comfortable at all, for example foam types. These tend to expand outwards in your ear canal, pressing hard on the delicate skin lining.
This can lead to such severe discomfort that you may wake up during the night. Alternatively you may remove the plugs in your sleep. This potentially exposes you to the noise you were intending to block and leads to wakening.
Moulded plugs are specifically shaped to each canal individually making them contour to each bump and lump of your body. This leads to them being incredibly comfortable as there are no localised pressure areas.
This custom fit also leads to exceptionally good noise attenuation properties. This means that they will block sound exceptionally well and give you an excellent night's sleep.
ZenPlugs moulded earplugs are particularly good as they cost far less than having your plugs created by the local clinic. The antibacterial agent dramatically reduces the risk of contamination causing infections. They are also very hygienic as they are wipe clean, nonporous and last for years.
Wax, soft silicon and rubber flanged varieties are not suitable for this purpose as they are very uncomfortable or sticky. The wax and soft silicon types will get stuck to the bed clothes and can get stuck in your hair. These are more suitable for swimming rather than sleeping. Rubber flanged ones tend to have a hard handle protruding which would cause the plug to dig in hard if you were to go onto your side during the night. Moulded brands are definitely the best type to choose.