It all depends. I sometimes fall asleep with the TV on low volume. It just depends I suppose on the time, if it's close to 4am I put my earplugs in so the birds and traffic don't wake me up. If I fall asleep before then I don't always put them in and I like to have the TV on. I usually need it to be silent, my fiance's snoring disturbs me sometimes even with ear plugs in. But there have been instances where I have crashed in a noisy place like the cafeteria at school, family get togethers, the movies (how lame, I feel old lol).