A factor that affects sleep greatly but usually gets overlooked is noise.
It is quite obvious then that apart from making sure your bedroom has the perfect aesthetics and comforts to ensure a restful sleep, you need to also pay attention to the sound environment in your cave.
Noise isn’t always a disturbance as most of us believe. White noise can, in fact, help you fall asleep.
Today we will be looking at how white noise aids sleep.
But, first up: What is white noise?
White noise is sound that stays consistent through all hearable frequencies. It is this uniformity that creates a masking effect, wiping out other unpleasant noises, such as the barking of a dog or the snore of a partner.
Rain noise, especially when it is consistent during monsoons, acts as white noise too. It mimics all the brilliant properties of white noise, thus helping you sleep better during this time of the year.
According to a study in the Journal of Caring Sciences, coronary patients when exposed to white noise broadcast in their rooms reported better sleep quality than before. The experts suggest that it is because the white noise masked the environmental disruptions that used to disturb the patients’ sleep otherwise.
Another study reported in Frontiers in Neurology, showed that healthy people suffering from insomnia responded positively to white noise. 18 of the subjects experienced 38 per cent decrease in sleep latency, that is, the time needed by someone to fall asleep. Furthermore, once they did fall asleep, the subjects claimed that the white noise enhanced their sleep quality too.
Benefits of white noise
Helps fall asleep faster
White noise aids both sleep onset and sleep maintenance. This is why people today are using white noise machines to induce sleep while others depend on natural sounds like the sound of rain.
Allow you to block noise
Since white noise consists of every hearable frequency, it wipes out the outside noises which disrupt sleep. While recorded music which isn’t white noise can block out noises in the environment that match its frequency, it will be unsuccessful in delivering the same result for sounds that have different frequencies.
Helps newborns and toddlers to doze off
Good news, parents! If your newborn takes too long to fall asleep, or wakes up almost immediately at the drop of a hat (literally!), then white noise could rescue you.
White noise has a calming effect on babies. You can use them not only for sleep, but also as a relaxant during feeding sessions.
So wrap your baby in some warm clothes and sway them side to side while listening to some ambient white noise.
According to some studies, white noise helps lessen restlessness as well as fussiness among babies. However, make sure your baby is not exposed to the music at loud volumes.
For people who are traveling
If you are someone who travels frequently, then it is quite likely that you have trouble falling asleep. White noise could change this for you.
White noise, since it is a noise blocker, can wipe out the noises present in crowded places, such as airports, trains, buses, etc.
We suggest you download some ambient white noises, plug in those headphones, and drift into dream land.
For people who have difficulty in focusing
According to experts, people with hyperactivity disorder or those with attention-deficit can benefit immensely through white noise therapy.
This therapy is said to improve cognitive function, which in turn, improves the individual’s ability to focus better.
Many people are, therefore, using white noise during the day while working to enhance their productivity.
Generating white noise
In case natural ambient sounds like rain or the chirping of crickets isn’t helping you with sleep, try these white noise generating apps.
- White Noise Generator, for Android
This app has a wide variety of white noises to choose from. You can even mix and match noises to create your own tune.
- White Noise Lite
This app too allows you to mix your sounds, but it also fades the alarm so that you are not jarred out of sleep.
- White Noise Sleep Sounds HD
The White Noise Sleep Sounds HD has a timer system to fade the audio out once you are asleep.
Also, it pauses automatically if you get a call. This is a great advantage if you are using white noise for better concentration during work.
Now that you know how to improve the sound environment of your bedroom and your workplace, we hope you will soon see positive results in your sleep as well as in your ability to focus.