As an airline pilot, I have a respnsibility to always arrive at plane well rested. That means being able to sleep well in almost any hotel room. Few are quiet.
My secret to sleeping well in noisy places (which can be yours also)- I never go on a trip without my white noise machine.
I spent $80 for mine about 12 years ago and have slept better thousands of nights because of it. That's made it a pretty good investment.
"What Is A White Noise Machine?"
It is a small electronic device that makes background "white noise". It masks and covers other sounds that could potentially disturb your sleep.
The concept of having one noise mask another so you can sleep might be difficult to imagine.
I'm actually a very light sleeper and noises easily awaken me.
The white noise is a constant background noise that your brain gets used to so it doesn't noticeably register. Your mind blocks it out, so you can sleep without noticing it. The constant white noise in background covers or blocks other noises.
It's an interesting phenomenon that if someone is sleeping while using a white noise machine and it is suddenly turned off, absence of white noise can actually awaken them.
White noise machines are most effective when placed between you and noise source. If there is traffic or an airport out window, then put it between window and you.
I always use mine when traveling, even if it seems like hotel is nice and quiet. You never can predict when other guests will be loud in hallways of adjacent rooms. If there is no outside noise, I put mine between door and my bed.
You might be worried that using a white noise machine will make you miss your alarm of worse yet, a fire alarm. I've been in many hotels when fire alarms went off at night while I was using my white noise machine at full volume. Don't worry; you can still hear a fire alarm.
As an airline pilot, I often have to get up very early. I can't afford to be late for work.
My white noise machine has never prevented me from hearing my alarm or wake up call. Your mind still detects these.