Post # 1
When I moved into my apartment, I knew there was a train track several blocks away, but I figured that it was far enough that it wouldn’t make a difference. I was wrong. Fiance are having a great deal of trouble sleeping at night, and we are about at our wit’s end. It’s started affecting our lives.
We tried getting some foam mattress pads (the cheapish ones from Target) and putting them in the window, with a blanket over them and the closed heavy wooden blinds over that. I can still hear it like it’s right next to my head.
I can’t get out of my lease for at least two more months, and after that, well..I’d really rather wait and save the $$ we would have to spend on movers/Uhaul, new deposit, etc. for the wedding.
Have any of you dealt with a nuisance train? What did you do? ANY suggestions (aside from moving out, thought of that one thanks!) are welcome.
Post # 3
@EffieTrinket: Ear plugs? My dad’s wife uses them because my dad snores so loudly.
Post # 4
Earplugs and a white noise machine?
Post # 5
Have you tried white noise? Like perhaps a big box fan? We sleep with one going every night and it drowns out any potential ambient noise. Combined with ear plugs would be even better.
Post # 6
I totally thought your were talking about the kind on a dress and I got all excited. But as someone who currently lives within a stone’s throw of a railroad track, give it some more time and I bet you get used to it. I barely hear it anymore. Your body eventually learns to just tune it out.
Post # 7
Oh man…see, I grew up and live in a town where trains run ALL day and ALL night, in fact if I’m somewhere they don’t run, I’ll wake up because I’m so used to it here…Mr. 99 had a HUGE problem with it, he used earlplugs and a white noise machine for a couple of months, now he’s as used to it as I am….sorry though, I can’t imagine!
Post # 8
@JenGirl: I was thinking that would be the case, but I’ve lived here since May….I think it’s gotten worse now because the leaves have fallen off the trees and there’s no longer that buffer.
Post # 9
We use a fan to block off noise. We sleep when people are still up and about 6:00 pm to about 2:00 am) so we hear some noise all the time.
Ear plugs will not work for me as I feel I am under water with them on. Plus, I actually want to hear what’s going on around me. The dogs whine, the cat meows, the people upstairs walking, What happens if one of the dogs starts choking? I just don’t like not hearing in case something goes wrong.
Post # 10
My apartment has train tracks in the back yard, less then 100 feet from my bedroom window. I got used to it by turing the tv up a little bit every night to get me used to sleeping with noise. They don’t wake me up anymore, but it did take 6 months.
Post # 11
@EffieTrinket: Oh my goodness!
I can honestly say that 4 out of 5 homes that I’ve ever lived in were within hearing range of train track. I wish I had something to say that could help, but um… for me, it was the worst at my first home and after a while I just started to find it comforting.
Sounds like yours is really loud though, so that may not work out for you. >.<
Post # 12
@autumnmountainbride: It’s super loud. I actually woke up one night thinking it was the horns of the apocalypse.
Stupid &$%@# had three different whistles going in a long, two or three minute, maddeningly discordant blast.
Post # 13
@Treejewel19: Big box fans are my savior.
We live just across the street from the hospital and fire department. Strangely, I do miss the sounds when we’re sleeping somewhere else for days on end (vacations, visiting family, etc.), but the fans help keep me asleep since I wake up to just about everything otherwise.
Post # 14
I sleep with the tv on so I never notice outside noise is that an option for you? I am the opposite I have to live near train tracks. It’s comforting for me to hear them.