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The 15 Best Earplugs for Sleeping Peacefully Through the Night

SLEEP IS essential—but often interrupted. Snoring, among other sounds of the night, can wake you up and leave you staring at the ceiling for hours wondering how long your body can go without sleep.

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The fact of the matter is you can change up your diet, check in with a sleep coach, or count sheep, but none of those solutions will quiet noise like a good pair of earplugs can. While some people find white noise and sleep gadgets to help them catch some extra Z’s (and they totally can!), sometimes, you’ve just got to turn off the noise and go the hell to sleep. And earplugs are safe to sleep with, too! At most, you risk a little buildup of earwax, but there are treatments for it.

  • Best for Traveling

    Sleep Noise Reduction Earplugs

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  • Best Bang for Your Buck

    Slim Fit Soft Foam Earplugs

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  • Best Smart Earplugs

    Sleepbuds II

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  • Most Versatile

    AirPods Pro (2nd Generation)

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You might have never thought of wearing earplugs before, but after you try one of our picks from the roundup ahead, you’ll see that this simple change was worth the effort. We have studied and tested a ton of options to bring you the 15 best earplugs on the market, especially if you sleep with a snorer, live in a noisy building or a city that never sleeps.

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From noise-cancelling options that completely block out sound, to affordable-yet-effective reusable picks for the guy on a budget and noise-masking earplugs that lie in the middle, soon you’ll achieve the deep sleep you’ve always dreamed of. We bring you the best earplugs for traveling and taking naps too! Because if we all got a good night’s sleep, maybe the world would be a nicer place.

Best Tested


Quiet Ear Plugs

Noise Cancellation Level 27dB

Best for Traveling


Sleep Noise Reduction Earplugs

Noise Reduction Rating 30dB

Best Bang for Your Buck


Slim Fit Soft Foam Earplugs

Noise Reduction Rating 29dB

Best Smart Earplugs


Sleepbuds II

Noise Reduction Rating Uses noise masking tech

Most Versatile


AirPods Pro (2nd Generation)

Noise Reduction Rating ~30dB when read on Apple Watch 8th gen

Best Earplugs for Side Sleeping


Sleep Earbuds

Best Over-ear Plugs


Sleep Headphones


High Fidelity Earplugs


Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earphones

EP4 Sonic Defenders Plus Filtered Earplugs


Sleep Noise Masking Device

Will Earplugs Help Me Sleep Better?

Let’s face it, you owe your body a peaceful night’s rest. Sleep is so crucial to your overall health and wellness and a good night’s sleep sets the tone for your entire day. When your sleep and wake cycle is thrown off, you disrupt your body’s natural circadian rhythm which helps keep your bodily functions in check and connects to outlying health issues like blood sugar regulation, metabolism and mental health.

Earplugs are a simple solution to helping make sure your sleep and wake cycle does not get disrupted. If you’re having trouble with falling asleep earplugs might be a possible solution, however if you think you’re dealing with something more serious you should consult with your doctor.

For the past two years, Men’s Health editors and writers have been trying and testing earplugs for sleeping. To narrow down our favorites, we evaluated earplugs based on their effectiveness, comfort, and value. We also considered earplugs that had high consumer praise on e-commerce sites we trust.

Gear and Commerce Editor
John Thompson is the Gear and Commerce Editor at Men’s Health, where he covers fashion, grooming, gear, and technology.

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