Getting to sleep at night has become as difficult as ever for some individuals. The stresses and distractions brought on by their job and daily life can make it very difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep. According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, “older adults who don’t get a good night’s sleep are more likely to experience problems with memory and attention span.
Listening to white noise at night has become a popular way for individuals to get over their adverse sleeping patterns. White noise is the product of combining specific sound waves over a broad spectrum of frequencies. Its purpose is to mask any noise pollution that may be inherent in your environment and bring about a state of relaxation. The resulting sound is a consistent hum. An example of white noise can be found at SimplyNoise.com.
Most white noise machines can either generate their own white noise or play recorded frequencies back in an endless loop. In a 2008 Consumers Reports survey of 2,021 problem sleepers, white noise machines were found to work almost as well as medication in getting respondents to sleep. In his book “Say Good Night to Insomnia”, sleep disorder specialist Gregg Jacobs says white noise devices work in two ways: by preventing distracting noises, and by generating soothing sounds that facilitate the induction of sleep.
White noise apps have also become popular and can be uploaded and played by most portable listening devices. Using sleep headphones that were specifically designed to be utilized in bed (bedphones) is the perfect solution for individuals that prefer to listen to white noise at night in order to fall asleep.