When my friend lived in a four-plex in town, she had a very hard time sleeping. She’s always been a light sleeper, so her apartment situation made it difficult for her to get a full night of rest. Her window was right next to where the neighbors kept their German Shepherds, which they would let out at five in morning, and the dogs would bark until the owners would let them back in. Her upstairs neighbor was fond of vacuuming his apartment in the middle of the night, and her neighbors across the hall were night owls. To top it off, every Tuesday and Thursday, she would be able to hear the train go through town. My friend felt tired all the time.
She didn’t have a lot of options. She had talked with her neighbors, but behaviors hadn’t changed. She could contact the land lord (though he sounded very apathetic) or move to a quieter duplex, which would be a hassle. But, it’s important to get enough sleep to function properly, and she wasn’t getting enough.
I suggested she invest in a sound machine. Granted, I don’t know how much of the apartment noise it would be able to block out, but the nature sounds might cover over most of them, so she could get some sleep. Sound machines are designed with various sounds ranging from ocean waves to white noise. Creating a relaxing atmosphere, they help you fall asleep faster and give you a deeper, more restful sleep. It was an inexpensive alternative to moving.
My friend got a nature CD which helped her a lot. It at least drowned out the train and vacuum enthusiast upstairs. Eventually, she was able to move, but in a pinch, the sound therapy was a helpful solution. So, if you’re a light sleeper or have noisy neighbors, you should look into a sound machine as a possible solution.