I usually sleep with earplugs and wake up every morning feeling terrible. Last night I left them out and it might be my imagination but I actually feel a little better than usual this morning.
Does anyone have any idea why this might be? Every time something like this happens I restrain myself from feeling hopeful because it's usually short lived before the soul crushing fatigue and misery returns
I used to sleep with the Radio on. On a couple of mornings I remember waking up in silence and thinking "why isn't the radio on?". As soon as I thought about it, my hearing turned itself back on, and I could suddenly hear the radio again. It seems that your (or at least my) brain is very good at tuning out extraneous noise during sleep.
I'm not sure that nomadic Paleolithic (wo)man would often have found a perfectly quite place to sleep (and hence the tuning out ability). Maybe we didn't evolve to sleep in a quiet environment.
Hmmm, I've found that having my earplugs in at night leaves me feeling more rested in the morning, as I'm not being wakened by every little noise in the house (nor the occasional jolting snort from my boyfriend lying next to me). The sound of my own breathing acts as "white noise" and I tend to drop off to sleep quickly. I started wearing them because of my parakeets waking me up so early on the weekends.