The people upstairs

From one side, I hate the new people who live directly above us in our apartment building. On the other side, I am trying to tell myself to not be a hater.

But you know, they just don’t let me sleep. I have to wear earplugs sometimes in order to get a full night sleep. Except the fact that the girl who sleeps in the room above our bedroom wakes up many times in the night(!), she wakes up at around 6 AM every morning and starts chatting on the phone on and on and on and on — or she sings. More over, every time she opens and closes drawers or moves her butt in her bed, I have to listen to all these creeeeeeeeek sounds (wooden house, you see) that wake me up instantly.

I can’t take it anymore. I have talked to them once about making less noise, she behaved for a while, and now it’s the same crap again. I don’t know if I will have to talk to management this time, or go talk to her again. We would probably have gotten our own house by now if we had a Green Card, but that’s not going to happen now.

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mikesum32 wrote on December 9th, 2006 at 4:01 AM PST:

Leave her a note explaining your problem, and a plate full of home made cookies.

KCorax wrote on December 9th, 2006 at 7:55 AM PST:

Let the ingredients of the cookies show your affection.

Option Trader wrote on December 9th, 2006 at 9:12 AM PST:

Have you tried “pink noise”?

If you tell a music player to loop this 10 second sample, there will be a gap at the end, so to avoid it, use any tool to paste copies of this sample one after another to make a longer sample. I kept doubling mine until it became 640 seconds long (technically it is not “pink noise” anymore after this duplication, but any difference cannot be heard by a human ear). Then, I played it in a loop and ramped up the volume.

This noise isn’t distracting, as its spectrum is similar to that of the sound of a breaking wave, the sound of the ocean, and it doesn’t sound that different from a computer either!

It sounds like you are bothered by irregular, low frequency noises. I’ve had the same problem and this, admittedly rather unorthodox, approach worked. The noise volume does not have to be very high to drown out the offending noises. I’ve read that some hospitals considered using it too, but decided against it – not because it “did not work”, but because nurses had difficulty identifying the source of an alarm when this noise was present. Somehow it was harder to tell the direction the alarm was coming from. Allegedly, this type of noise is being used in some office buildings.

mikesum32 wrote on December 9th, 2006 at 10:44 AM PST:

If you are going to listen to the above two people, why not just shoot them ?

“You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.”

Do they have that proverb in Greece ?

A big confrontation will just make things worse, better to be nice.

Of course if they were your zombie slave… nah, don’t risk poisoning them to death with too much tetrodotoxin.

Zombies don’t really work out anyway. You’d need another drug to keep them working for you, and sooner or later they will come to their senses and escape.

Option Trader wrote on December 10th, 2006 at 2:37 AM PST:

Hey, the “pink noise” idea is totally legitimate and inoffensive. Do a web search and find out how people (researchers) have experimented with it. I’d say that an adequate level of noise is comparable to that of a couple of desktops, and is way less than, for example, that of a vacuum cleaner. As a result, no one outside the room where the noise is applied should be able to notice it or, in a worse scenario, regard it as anything out-of-the-ordinary.

Although the posting said “this noise isn’t distracting”, it somehow makes it harder for the brain to focus on outside noises in an otherwise quiet environment.

Of course, you should exercise your own judgement, there are no guarantees (in particular, no guarantee of safety), and so on.

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