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    These Earplugs Are Comfortable, Help Me Sleep, And Are Only $4

    These moldable silicone earplugs are the gold standard for anyone living in a noisy area or with a partner who snores like it's their second job.

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    Before I sing you a 10-part ballad about my love for Mack's Earplugs, a bit of backstory. I live in New York, but I am not from here. For a visual representation of what I look like when my slumber is disturbed by endless sirens, honking, and drunk fellow millennials screaming "JUST DUMP!! HIM!!!" outside my window at the speakeasy I used to live above, look no further:

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    Also not unlike David, I require my beauty sleep!!! 

    I cycled through a zillion solutions when I first moved to the city, from foam earplugs to sleep headphones to crushing my head between two pillows and thinking "maybe they will just dump him and then I will know peace," but it was all pretty much a waste of time and money — in the end, nothing beat the effectiveness (or the $3.96 price tag) of Mack's.

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    The relief of these is so effective and so instantaneous that I genuinely have them on a subscription so I never ever ever run out. 

    Here's the sitch: the moldable silicone of Mack's Earplugs contours easily to the shape of your ear to block out noise much more effectively than other foam or plastic varieties, and the noise reduction is so good that if I pair them with a white noise machine (or just like a white noise loop on Spotify) I genuinely don't hear noises from outside my room. Not only that, but once they're in place, they stay locked there until you decide to pull them out.

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    Granted, I can still hear my alarm and like, if the fire alarm went off or something, I'd definitely wake right up. But noises that are distant and loud are pretty easily canceled out by these.

    Psst — if you're looking for a decent white noise machine, HoMedics has one on Amazon for $24.99 that I love because it's white noise never skips out and it's on an auto-timer. It's also portable for traveling and subtle/cute enough to work with my decor (even when it comes to sleep, I am an aesthetic monster).

    Another perk? Mack's Earplugs are waayyyyy comfier than any other solution I've tried. I am prone to ear aches from headphones and other kinds of ear plugs, but I've never felt discomfort in all the seven years I've been relying on Mack's to keep the noises of the ~~city that never sleeps~~ at bay.

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    An important note: you're supposed to conform these earplugs over your ears, not in them. They aren't supposed to physically go in your ear canal, but rather just block the noise from outside of it. 

    I've also *loved* these for traveling — if you put these babies in on a plane not only does it help reduce some of the YIKES factor when the plane takes off (it's loud!!), but it cancels out the murmuring noises of passengers on the flight and makes it easier to get some shuteye.

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    ^ Just me leaving the plane smug fully-rested after conking out from on a red-eye from JFK to SEA-TAC. 

    As for use — there are six pairs of Mack's Earplugs in each pack, and each pair can be worn around five times, so it's about a month's worth of silence for $4.

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    I will admit that I actually cut mine in half (although Mack's says not to do this on the box) because my ears are small, so my packs tend to last longer. I also use each pair around 10–15 times each before tossing them without issue, so this suggestion may be more of the "choose your own adventure" variety. 

    Reviewers swear by Mack's Earplugs for a whole slew of other reasons (like literally over 17,000 5-star reviews on these babies!!), but chief among them is sleeping next to a snoring partner 😴.

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    "My husband decided to take up snoring as a hobby so earplugs seemed a better solution to smothering him in his sleep. I've been through countless types of the orange foam ones, they just end up hurting my ears and/or falling out so I end up with what looks like a bed full of cheetos. So I decided to try Mack's. I will never go back. these things are amazing. They actually block out the noise of my husband's endless nocturnal pursuit of protecting me from bears by obstructed breathing. They don't hurt my ears and they don't fall out. Finally I can get a good night's sleep." —Anita Campbell

    "I love, love, love these for blocking out snoring. I am a light sleeper, and husband's snoring has been a constant gripe for me — to the point that at least twice a week, I'd sleep in a different room so that I could feel well-rested. And the days that we'd sleep in the same room, I'd be tired and cranky as hell. I've been looking for a long term solution to this (since I would actually like for me and my husband to sleep in the same bed every night)!! I even ended up purchasing the Bose in-ear sleep headphones for $250+ — while they were effective for blocking out sound, the fit was weird, they kept falling out of my ears while sleeping, was uncomfortable for side sleeping and gave me blisters in my ears when I slept on my stomach. Returned! These earplugs though... they have been a lifesaver! They are comfortable, fit well since you have to mold them to your ear, and have been super effective at blocking out sound! I was a skeptic since I've tried different things, but nothing worked. This one does! It's only been a week, but I know I'm a customer for life now. Will never sleep without these again." —ZraveGirl

    Reviewers also use them for everything from flying to swimming to office work to attending concerts, appreciating that they stay in place even during vigorous activity and are subtle enough that people nearby probably won't notice you're wearing them unless they're really looking.

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    "Tried just about every other form of hearing protection, and these are the best by far. They stay in place well. There are no issues with sizing since they don't actually go inside the ear canal. One can break them apart and use just the amount needed. These also block out way more sound than the foam, high-fidelity, and headphones type of hearing protection. There's a bit of learning curve to get comfortable with them, but it's well worth the effort! I personally use these while rehearsing with heavy metal bands and attending concerts." —Mat

    "I have an awful coworker that I can hear eating her carrots, chips, etc, THROUGH A CLOSED DOOR while I’m WEARING OVER-EAR HEADPHONES. I also have a family living above me that lets their children run from one end of the condo to the other until sometimes 11 at night. You could say I’m sensitive to noise. Well these are super comfy and I have no issues wearing them for long periods. Can’t hear anything when they’re in. Sometimes I sleep in them, and if I put my phone next to my head I can still hear my alarm in he morning since it is so close. Very sound-deadening if you get a proper seal." —van31050

    "Better than any other earplug I've used for swimming! I’ve been using these earplugs for a few months to keep salt water out of my ears.If I accidentally push them into my ear canal, I will feel a lot of pressure and have to remove them and start over. (They’re only meant to cover the entrance to your ear canal—not to be inserted.) Also be careful to not get them stuck in your hair. They are very easy to take out. Overall, I think this is a great product. They function much better than any traditional earplug I’ve ever used. I’ve gone through almost four boxes and will continue to use them." —Bengta Hoffman

    Get a six-pack of Mack's Earplugs for $3.96 on Amazon — and you can thank me for your glorious night of uninterrupted sleep later.

    You @ the rest of the world after slipping Mack's Earplugs on and enjoying the noiseproof *bliss*:

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    Good NIGHT. 

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