Friday, October 26, 2018

Going to sleep with earphones plugged in

People, especially youngsters, with earphones plugged in, is a very common sight, nowadays. Most of them are listening to music, I guess. You see them in office working on something very serious, or travelling metro trains, or walking or jogging; and I am told, they listen to music even while going to sleep.

I am plugged in (to mean online on my phone) only to keep myself updated with the news stream almost through the day, and to reply to important emails and messages. I am not one of those who listen to music on earphone while reading, writing, walking or jogging. Very rarely, when I am craving for some change, I play instrumental music in very low volume on my laptop or phone, but through the speaker and not the earphones.

During the past few weeks, on four or five days, I went to bed with earphones plugged in, listening to music or some of my favourite podcasts. During those good old days, I have fallen asleep listening to the radio, but not via earphones. There is also a school of thought which says soothing music in low volume calms the mind and helps you get good sleep.

But my experiment was a disaster. I didn't fall asleep. The music and the radio programmes hardly had any soporific effect. Worried I might just lie awake the whole night, I unplugged the earphones and tried to sleep, the way I have always done.

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  1. I don't get how people can listen to music all the time, but in class it seems to help calm the kiddos. I guess it helps them focus. Whatever works, eh?

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  2. Hi Pradeep ... well that solves that problem for you ... no listening to the radio over night ... too much brain action I expect. Take care and sleep tight - cheers Hilary

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  3. My one grouse with people listening to music through earphones is that they pay lesser attention to outside world and that you have to do more to draw their attention.It is risky when used in outside.places.A wireless mic through Bluetooth is very good for listening music at home.

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    1. Thanks, KP for the comments. Very true. So, one must be careful to be aware of the surroundings. Damage to ear is another issue. Some people listen in high volume.

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  4. I feel it may be better to put music on phone speakers than headphones.. just to be safe and not get overexposed to high decibels.

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    1. Hi Rajesh, I too am more comfortable that way.

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  5. Hi Pradeep, If I were to plug in my ear phones and sleep I would never be able to close my eyes. I need complete silence to sleep.

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    1. Hi Rachna, Same here. :-) Thanks for dropping by.

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  6. I'd never be able to sleep with earphones in either. I don't know how anyone can do it.

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    1. Hi Oneil, My son used to fall asleep plugged in to earphones! I have also heard youngsters saying they listen to music to fall asleep. Generational divide, perhaps!

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  7. There are two kinds of earphones. One is ear buds which fit inside your ears. They sit tightly inside your ear canal. This is very bad for your ear. Another kind is over the ear headphones. This is less harmful to your ears.
    World Health Organization has said the major cause of hearing problem is loud music. That Organization is advising us to use earphones at 60% of the volume. This will minimize the damage.

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    1. Thanks Rajan for that info. Many youngsters hear music at loud volume, they don't realise the damage it is causing.

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