Using noise to drown out noise

Some people are blessed with the ability to sleep through the loudest happenings around them. Others, can’t seem to block out their neighbour’s dog’s loud barking. For those who need to tune out the noise, with more noise, there’s white noise. Confused? Let's get into it.

White noise is basically a sound signal that is used to mask background sounds. It’s many different tones all at the same time, which blurs it into a different sound altogether. White noise is generated electronically and sounds like TV or radio static – which isn’t very relaxing to hear. But, there are other types of white noise sounds that are used to relax the mind and body.

The sound of weather or nature is a very popularly used to help relax. Noises of rain, wind, waterfalls etc. are different tones created by nature itself. It helps to drown out annoying sounds that are preventing you from going into dreamland. Ambient soundscapes such as crackling campfire, or crowd noise are also very relaxing to the ear. Who knew?!

You can also use music to improve your sleep – the only difference is that it doesn’t contain a wide range of frequencies that white noise has to mask intrusive sounds. It also might trigger emotional memories of your ex which might actually prevent sleep instead.

There are many technologies out there that provide white noise solutions – a quick google search will spoil you with options. However, if you’re looking for free alternatives there are items that you may have at home that can be of help. You can use an old radio and dial in between stations to access that static. Or keep your fan spinning – the sound it gives off can mask any unwanted sounds and it’ll double as providing a good temperature so you can stay cuddled up in your fluffy comforter.

Better yet, grab that smartphone of yours and download a white noise sleep app. Yes, they exist. Some are free, some are not – up to you on which one you’d like to try. You’re on your phone before bed anyway, so it’s probably the most convenient option.

Good luck and rest easy, friends!




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