As you may know, my summer living situation involves sharing a studio apartment with a very nice girl I know from high school. An apartment with a studio layout has no bedrooms, instead having the living area double as a bedroom. I guess it’s kind of like a dorm room in that regard.
Because of this, I started off the summer having trouble getting a good night’s sleep. Although the two of us had to wake up at roughly the same time each morning, I would usually go to bed before her and any little noise she made would wake me.
I’m usually a pretty heavy sleeper, but I am easy to wake before I’ve gotten into deep-sleep mode. I have written before about getting woken up by people in the hall in the dorms, but usually noises outside the room where I am sleeping don’t bother me, even if I am still sleeping lightly. As I told my mom, if my roommate was making the exact same noises outside the door, it probably wouldn’t bother me at all.
It’s when there’s yelling outside my door that we start to have a problem.
Or outside my window, in this case, as there are several popular bars across the street.
One of my coworkers told me he sleeps in earplugs and that they have solved all his problems. I thought it was worth a try, so I picked up a pair off Amazon. At first they were uncomfortable to lie in, but I’ve gotten used to them.
And yes, I can still hear my alarm in the morning.
Two nights ago, I woke up at 4am in dire need of a bathroom break. Upon exiting the bathroom, I realized that one of my earplugs was in my mouth.
It was in my mouth! And I was chewing it…
Confused, I took it out, rinsed and dried it off, and stuck it back in my ear. I couldn’t find the other earplug at all, so I just made sure my non-muffled ear was the one on the pillow.
Well, in the morning, I found my other earplug on the floor next to the trash can outside the bathroom door. The bathroom is all the way across the rather large room, for the record.
I just really don’t know. At least I didn’t eat the other one.
Last night when I put my retainer in my mouth, it tasted like earwax. 🙁