The wind howled and thunder roared. A thunderstorm is hitting. How can you sleep soundly with all the fuss? How to block out all the annoying noise and light outside? In some areas, thunderstorms can often disrupt people's sleep. However, you can take some steps to stay asleep even when a thunderstorm shakes the sky. You just need to plan and outsmart everything.
Method 1 of 3: Keeping Calm
Step 1. Pay attention to the weather
The first step you need to take is to know when a storm is coming. Check weather reports regularly. Read the local weather forecast or watch the news on television. If you have a barometer (a device that measures air pressure in the atmosphere), pay attention to when the number drops; this could mean a low pressure system is coming, and a storm is likely to arrive.
Step 2. Try not to focus on the thunderstorm
Think calming things and away from the storm. Try reading a book or playing cards until bedtime. Think about what you would like to dream about, or what tomorrow might look like. Do something that will distract you from the storm.
Step 3. Create a thunderstorm plan
Determine a safe and comfortable place in your home that you can live in in the event of a major storm. If your room has lots of windows or faces a storm, for example, try sleeping in a basement or an indoor room. This helps you rest in a place that drowns out the sound and flash of the storm.
Bring blankets, pillows, and other items to make the room as comfortable as possible. It's also a good idea to have a "hurricane preparation box" ready with items that will distract you from the storm. You can set up a game, puzzle or other activity, and a flashlight in case the lights go out
Step 4. Work on overcoming your thunderstorm phobia
Many children and adults were frightened by thunderstorms. Try to learn more about this weather phenomenon. This way, you'll realize that hurricanes are usually harmless if you take shelter in a safe place. There are several things you can do.
- Understand what happened. Thunderstorms occur when hot and cold air meet in a way that causes hot air to rise upwards. This pushes moisture up into the cooler regions of the atmosphere, condenses and forms clouds. Electricity comes from cloud particles that rub against each other. Voltage builds up and thunder booms.
- Know how to stay safe. If you're indoors during a thunderstorm, you should be pretty safe. Make sure you stay away from windows if the storm is quite severe, with strong winds and lots of lightning. It's best to go to a low place or a room without windows like a fox. Do not shower and avoid using devices such as telephones.
Method 2 of 3: Blocking Sound and Light
Step 1. Try wearing earplugs
Thunderstorms make a lot of noise. In order to sleep, you need to ignore or drown out these sounds. One way to muffle the sound of a storm is to wear earplugs. You can buy them at the pharmacy in a variety of types, including foam, cotton, or wax. Follow the instructions on the box and insert the plug into your ear canal. Then, lie down and try to sleep.
- The effectiveness of earplugs can vary. We recommend that you choose the one that can muffle the strongest sound, which is measured in decibels.
- Do not use a tissue to plug the ear. This method does seem practical and easy. However, tissue paper can tear and clog the ear canal. In general, you should never put household objects in your ear.
Step 2. Listen for white noise
This white noise can be classical music, atmospheric music like Brian Eno's, or even a whale song, as long as it's played at a low volume and dynamic range. Music shouldn't have sudden sounds that wake you up when you're about to fall asleep. This sound can also come from the fan. In essence, fill the room with low, atmospheric sounds.
Try using a free white noise generator on the internet, such as SimplyNoise. You can also buy a white noise app for your phone or iPad as it can help people fall asleep faster. What's more, the continuous low noise also helps drown out the noise of the storm outside that could disturb your sleep
Step 3. Block the lightning bolts
Try wearing sunglasses and closing the curtains if the lightning outside is disturbing your sleep. You can also sleep in a room without windows, which will also drown out the sound of the storm.
- Dim the room lights or use a “night light” to help you sleep. One of these lights can eliminate the contrast between total darkness and the bright flash of lightning.
- If you still see lightning through the window, it's best to turn your head away from it and try to close your eyes.
Method 3 of 3: Isolating Yourself from the Storm
Step 1. Make a cover from pillows and blankets
Find heavy blankets and large comfortable pillows to welcome the coming storm. Both of these objects can ward off storms. If you're agitated or bothered by the sound of the storm, try covering your head with a blanket or large pillow. Just make sure there's still room to breathe.
Step 2. Put on the jacket hood
Wear a hooded jacket instead of blankets and pillows. The model is up to you, as long as it's hooded. Just make sure the hood is thick and comfortable, and not too tight or cramped.
- Try sleeping while wearing a hood. Once you've entered the hurricane-fighting room, prepared earplugs, and pulled up the hood, try to sleep. The hood will cover the ears. If the storm bothers you, wear the jacket upside down so the hood can cover your eyes
- You can also wear a hooded jacket with the zipper extending all the way to the hood. Put on a jacket and pull the zipper over your face.
Step 3. Make a castle out of dolls
To give you peace of mind, build a barricade of your favorite doll to weather the storm. Gather your dolls, and try to arrange them so that they form a circle or square around you.
Get into bed and curl up. Imagine these dolls protecting you. Let his presence calm you down and create an imaginary shield that ward off bad things
Step 4. Try not to worry about the storm
Remember, the storm will surely end. Usually the worst storms are over in an instant, usually 30-60 minutes. You are also safe in the room of the house. Try not to worry too much.