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    15 Products You Need If Noise Keeps You Up At Night

    Say no more fam. Seriously, shut up fam.

    We recently asked people from the BuzzFeed Community to share their favorite products for blocking outside noise from their bedrooms. Here are their best responses:

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    1. Everyone knows that hard surfaces don't absorb sound, so cover up as much flooring as possible with high pile rugs.

    "If I could spend the extra money, I would carpet my hallway and all of the bedrooms. The natural hardwood in my older house is pretty, but it does nothing to block the noise of footsteps, people dropping stuff in their rooms, the dog tramping up and down — basically all of the the things that keep me up or jolt me awake." —Nic Young, Facebook

    Carpeting might be expensive, but thick rugs also get the job done, stopping and absorbing sound, and lessening the amount that reaches your ears. Get one from IKEA for $29.99.

    2. Place sound-proofing foam wedges (foam-side out) on your windows to dampen obnoxious street noise.

    "To block outside noise, I glued soundproofing foam squares (which can be bought at music instrument stores or online) to a poster board. I then placed this board on a window — foam side out — and put blackout curtains over. There was a busy bus stop right outside my bedroom on a busy street and this set-up saved that year of college for me!" —carolyns492665696

    Get them from Amazon for $16.99.

    3. Turn on a white noise machine that'll drown out your upstairs neighbor's late-night stomping.

    "The Dohm white noise machine. I got one five years ago. After using it so often for three years, the little motor burned out. I immediately had to get another. It's changed my life. It blocks out EVERYTHING!" —beckykoval

    "Dohm noise machine! I have used it for years. It's small but loud enough that things don't wake me up in the morning. AND I can take it on trips with me. It's amazing." —rachelm4cb3e4792

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    4. Outfit your door with a door sweep that'll keep your A/C IN and the sound of bad reality TV blaring in the living room OUT.

    "I have a thing on the bottom of my door that helps drown out noise." —fredzesty

    You'd be surprised by how much sound can travel through a narrow sliver at the bottom of your door. Seal it up with this door sweep that's been tested and proven to reduce noise transfer. Get it from Soundproof Cow for $24.82.

    5. And don't forget to seal the sides and top of your door as well.

    "Most of our apartment's noise comes via our hollow steel door that lets in ALL the sound from our hallway. We've tried weatherstripping, which definitely dampens the sound." —Karen Habowsky, BuzzFeed

    Get it from Amazon for $7.49. And get the installation tutorial here.

    6. Let the rhythmic noise of an oscillating fan hypnotize you to sleep (and keep your room cool!).

    "To be honest, an oscillating fan on its highest speed usually does the trick for me." —kaitlynw10

    "Fans. It doesn't matter what kind, how many, or even if my 'fan' is just an app on your phone — fans are my LIFESAVER. They are nice in hot rooms, they are calming, and good for blocking noise." —ellaann6505

    A cooling breeze + calming white noise = best sleep ever. Get one from Amazon for $22.30.

    7. Or invest in an air purifier that'll freshen up your stale bedroom air while humming over your loud AF fridge.

    "An air purifier for the white noise and clean fresh air!" —meaghanh4cf3bfc91

    In this case, a slightly louder model of air purifier actually works to your advantage. In addition to offering some of that sweet, sweet white noise, this purifier also filters dust, household odors, and pet dander. Get it from Amazon for $89.99.

    8. Plug in a pair of snug Flents Contour ear plugs that'll mute your roommate's loud music next door.

    "Flents Contour ear plugs. They are the absolute best ear plugs. After being with my snoring man for five years, I've tried dozens of different kinds and these are the best. Once you figure out how to get them in the right way... Enjoy your full night's rest." —marleeh4f6600be6

    The swollen design ensures these earplugs don't work themselves out of your ears in the middle of the night. Get them from Amazon for $6.99.

    9. Turn your room into a silent zen cave with black-out curtains.

    "Blackout curtains are a must for anyone living in the Southwest, especially during summer. Not only do they block the majority of light coming through the window, they also keep my room nice and cool." —Nicole Bruno, Facebook

    You can either use these under your actual drapes, or as stand-alone curtains. Get them from Amazon for $26.99.

    10. Let calming rain drop sounds tune out the sound of your drippy faucet with the Rain Rain app.

    "The Rain, Rain app over a Bluetooth speaker. It helps me relax while blocking out any annoying sounds that my fan and blackout curtains didn't catch." —Nicole Bruno, Facebook

    This app features a bedtime reminder, 74 blendable sounds (like summer rain, gentle stream, and crackling fire), and a timer that'll gently fade the app into silence. Get it from iTunes for free.

    11. Let the audiobook version of your favorite book — like say, Harry Potter — divert your attention from those damn birds outside your window and drift you off to sleep.

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    "I usually put on Jim Dale's audiobooks of the Harry Potter series. I sleep on my side, so I throw a comfortable earbud in the ear that is facing up, which blocks any and all noise. And at this point, I know the books so well that the audio book is like an old friend carrying me off into sleep." —Aemicus

    Download the first book in the Harry Potter series on Amazon for $29.99.

    12. Tune in to Amazon's Ambient channel for relaxing ocean, thunderstorm, and box fan sounds.

    "Amazon recently added an 'Ambient' channel to their video app. Oceans, thunderstorms, box fans, white noise — you name it. Some of them just show a black screen, others will show things like a starry field or ocean at night. Netflix has some, too, but not as much of a selection. (They do have an 8-hour video of a train ride, though! It's pretty great.)" —joekaf

    You can get them on the Amazon app or website for free if you have Amazon Prime membership, or for as little as $1.99 if you don't have Prime membership.

    13. Fortify your thin walls with sex sounds-blocking shelves.

    Keep noise from traveling between your room and your roommate's room by positioning storage shelves against your walls. If you have extra cash to spend, you can make your walls even more noise-proof by wedging foam composites between them and your shelves. Get them from Amazon for $30.75.

    14. Or get the same job done by decorating your walls with thick rugs or tapestry.

    The paper-thin sheets you used to hang over bed as a college students won't exactly get the job done, but a thicker, heavier rug will. Get one from RugKnots for $19. And learn how to hang one here.

    15. You know that head tingle you feel when you listen to a softly spoken voice or get a haircut? That's called ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) and you can experience the soothing low-grade euphoria by listening to ASMR Glow's videos.

    "LOTS of ASMR from ASMR Glow." —Chastian Cowans, Facebook

    Not everyone can experience ASMR, but if you are part of the lucky few, you'll pretty much know it the instant you tune in to one of these relaxing videos. Listen in for free on ASMR Glow's channel.

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