Thursday, January 12, 2017

Audiobooks as noise reduction

I recently went on a cruise and one of the things I realised was that if I was going to be listening to audiobooks at all, possibly I needed something a little lighter than The Passage, which I was listening to at the time.

Little did I know, that I would listen to something for a while but not quite just for the joy of the story.

I went on the cruise with my friend and her son as well as my son. The boys have just turned 18 so before we went away there was a bit of discussion about changing rooms so that they were together and my friend and I were together. Once we were on the boat pressure was bought to bear to do just that and so I acquiesced.

My friend had mentioned that she was a snorer, and so I should have been prepared, but oh my goodness..... The first night I didn't get a lot of sleep. The second night I tried to get to sleep but I was unsuccessful so in the end I decided that I would try putting on my audiobook to block out the noise.

It was a good plan. It really was. There was, however, one flaw.

I assumed that listening would block out the noise, and it certainly muffled it a bit, but not totally so I did still keep on waking up but now there was the added complication that I would wake up and hear something in the audiobook and think things like wait, who's Jack? Why is this character talking to a truck driver at a truck stop. Wait. did she just say she's married.

So then I had to contend with the thoughts in my head and the snoring.

After the second night, we swapped back. And I started listening to the book again so that it made some kind of sense.


  1. haha, that's funny. I live with a snorer and as long as I fall asleep first, I am fine. On the rare times he goes to bed before me, it takes me forever to get to sleep. lol

  2. Glad you were able to switch back and (hopefully) get some sleep. I am a light sleeper who gets very cranky when tired, so people who keep me awake generally hear about it very quickly. ;)

  3. Ah yes, it's not great when you fall asleep and miss bits. I find the audiobook apps that allow you to set a sleep timer very helpful in that regard. I set it for 15min increments and then if I do fall asleep at least I know the last thing I heard will have been somewhere in that smaller section :)

  4. When I've suffered from insomnia I've occasionally thought about listening to audiobooks, but I didn't, for the reason you mentioned: I was afraid I'd fall asleep and miss stuff! However, there is an app on my phone that had many white noise/background music settings that I use when I need to shut out the world(read: everyone else in the house who's awake) so that helps!