What is White Noise and can it help you sleep?
Fact: North Americans are not getting enough sleep. According to the American Sleep Association, 50-70 million US adults have a sleep disorder. https://www.sleepassociation.org/about-sleep/sleep-statistics/
North of the border, 1 in 3 Canadians aren’t getting enough sleep
There are many side-effects that sleep deprived individuals have to deal with. It has been known for years that there are health risks such as diabetes, stroke, mental health issues, obesity among others.
We at Forty Winks Co. (www.fortywinksco.com) have discussed the advantages of wearing a sleep mask in the past but we are going to focus on another helpful way to get a better rest.
"White Noise" has been a term that has become more and more popular over the years. The dictionary term states that it is “a noise containing many frequencies with equal intensities”.
The National Sleep Foundation defines white noise as:
White noise works by reducing the difference between background sounds and a "peak" sound, like a door slamming, giving you a better chance to sleep through it undisturbed. If you have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, creating a constant ambient sound could help mask activity from inside and outside the house.
Those that live in high traffic areas, are close to emergency services or those living in areas that could be close to an airports flight path may benefit from using white noise systems in their bedrooms.
Although White Noise is technically only one type of sound, it has now been grouped together with other sounds such as the wind, chimes, water flowing, campfire crackling, birds chirping or the simple noise of a fan running.
White noise sounds have proven to be effective when combatting sleep issues.
They have been so effective that there are now many phone applications in the app store that cater to the sleep deprived.
Here is a small list of the free ones that I have tried.
Chroma Doze, Sleep Fan, Noisli, Sleep Time and my personal favorite- Relax Sounds
There are other paid versions but I have chosen not to mention those.
To download one of these apps could be beneficial to your sleep. If you want to take it a step further, there are various machines out on the market that produce White Noise only.
This Article by Jeff Mann at the Sleep Junkies discusses the best white noise machines on the market.
If you continue to struggle with getting a good night’s sleep and you have not tried introducing White Noise into your sleep diet, I suggest you do. You may just be pleasantly surprised at the overall benefits you see.
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