Topic: Noisy neighbours both sides of my room!
To start this off some background - I work nightshifts which obviously means I am trying to sleep during the day a lot of the time. I would not consider myself particularly sensitive to noise either which is also important. Partly to blame I think is the old style terraced houses, and the fact that my room is on the bottom floor which I believe my next door neighbours are using their downstairs floor next door both sides as living rooms.
On one side there are a polish family of some sort, and on the other side an English family. Both sides are bloody noisy, I am considering phoning NSPCC about the English family as their child who is about 3 years old cries for about 25% of the day (as far as I am aware) It is like cry for 30 minutes totally fine, then cry for 1 hour totally fine for 2 then cry again. I also hear banging really loud when the child cries, which is a big concern. The Polish family next door have techno music on way too loud way too often, and they are not sure how to talk without shouting. It has become a real pain recently and all I ask for is a good 5-6 hours of sleep during the day.
It is a difficult situation because on Friday nights from 5pm to about 11pm we can be a little noisy ourselves in the house as I am 28 years old, my housemates are 28 and 29 years old.
I am all for people having their freedoms in their own house doing as they please as long as they be careful and mindful of others. I am even all for the occasional party, or whatever. The thing is what people don't realize is that when you are losing sleep and having rising stress levels due to this that it is really affecting someones life.
I have thought about telling both sides regarding the noise, but I do not want to cause friction and feel unsafe in my house. What I am considering is other ways of getting to sleep by using nice noise in order to get to sleep. Any ideas? I've tried some calming music which has worked now and then. I've read a lot of this forum and I think the idea is give and take but don't take too much crap! I'm going to give it until the end of this month and then write a letter to each house either side, just to make them aware that the noise is travelling through the walls quite badly.
A few times I have thought I was going mad, as everytime I was about to drift off to sleep I'd hear either loud Polish voices or on the other side a child crying or some banging noise. If this were my house and I did not rent, I would definitely purchase soundproofing materials as a long-term fix.
I suppose, in a social context it does depend on the hours everyone works, and also how often those people are at home, and indeed how mindful they are of noise. I must say though, at the moment I am hugely irritated by the noise. How I keep my calm I don't know. A couple of times I have screamed S T F U at the walls. Haha. I feel sorry for all and anyone that has had to put up with excessive noise, and the police (I assume) are hardly going to do anything at all unless you have reasonable proof that there is unsociable behaviour taking place.