Are you having trouble sleeping peacefully because you can hear your neighbor screaming at her husband or the vehicles in the street are just loud? Well if It’s any consolation, remember that you aren’t the only one suffering from this issue. Since you would probably spend most of your time at home, you should find ways to decrease this noise. The good news is that there are ways you can minimize these sounds as much as possible. But before that, let me explain how exactly sound travels so that you can understand better. The sound travels in the air in a vibrating pattern away from its source, once it reaches your ear, your brain processes these vibrations and converts them into sounds. They behave like waves, when waves hit rocks they lose their energy and become smaller, just like that, when the sound particles hit an obstacle, they tend to lose their energy thus becoming quieter.
Measures you can take to decrease sound from the outside
This is pretty hard as you don’t really have control of the things that happen outside your home, but a few changes to the structure of your home can make a difference. Your windows and doors can act as obstacles so keeping them closed at all times can decrease the amount of sound you hear. The more barriers you have between your neighbor and you, the lesser the noise, so add things like a bookshelf or cupboard at the corner of your wall and thick curtains to your windows. You might want to consider adding something like a rug if you have a hard floor, softening your floor like this can act as a natural insulator and help decrease the noise. Adding an insulation material to your walls and ceiling can also help decrease this issue further.
Dealing with sounds from inside the house
By following all the tips, you can minimize most of the sound that comes from the outside but at times you might still be unable to sleep due to the noise that comes from the inside of your house. Some people get used to the sound of whirring fans, but for some it just keeps them staring at their elegant ceiling panel all night long. A noisy fan is a sign that something is wrong so you can either fix it or replace it. As for other items that cause noise, you can just move them somewhere else so that you can get some sleep. These suggestions can help you sleep better at night, help you work better at home and improve your mood significantly. Loud noises can affect us in many ways so we shouldn’t try to put up with it instead of coming up with a solution to the problem.