I was thinking only last night about the steps I take to deal with real and possible noise every night.
My apartment is on the 8th floor of a building alongside First Avenue, a busy conduit the length of Manhattan that carries large and small interstate trucks out of the city all night and day.
In addition, 1st Ave is also home to several big hospitals and city low-income housing developments, both requiring frequent use of ambulances, fire engines and police cars.
For those reasons, my nightly ritual is very important, consisting of the following decisions:
1) Open window vs turn on thermostat-based fan
This decision is weather-related: if it’s very cold, I can’t have the fan blowing on me as well. I’ll crack the window just enough for a little air and the soothing noise of car traffic on the FDR Drive a few blocks away, and I’ll use cotton in my ears and turn the radio on low to classical music.
2) If it’s not as cold, I’ll turn the fan on It’s a perfect white noise so no cotton needed. Radio on to classical music.
3) Decide low or high fan … and if I simultaneously also want the window also open or not.
4) Many Variables: include if I’ve done a laundry and so have a clean flannel nightie or PJs. If not, and I’m forced into the lightweight cotton nightie, the room must be warmer!
You get the idea.
Night noises in the country may be different — bears or raccoons at the garbage, squirrels in the attic, cat knocking over pills in the bathroom dog dragging bag of dog food from the pantry…
Let me know what night noises you country mice deal with!