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Using White Noise For Sleep

Updated on August 1, 2014

Using White Noise for Sleep is the Natural Way to Go!

What is white noise?  A way to better sleep!
What is white noise? A way to better sleep!

What is White Noise

The number one thing I recommend to sleep better is actually white noise. It's completely natural and no groggy feelings in the morning. Using white noise for sleep is one of the safest and easiest things you can do. So what is white noise? Essentially, it's various frequencies together to make a steady, unwavering noise. Such as the whirring or drone of an electrical device. Even the steady sound of rain falling is a form of white noise.

This is an excellent technique to block out most other frequencies of noise that disturb you while you're sleeping. There are some simple common techniques and devices used to create white noise that can easily be used for sleep. We'll examine some and you can choose what's best for you. Read on to find out what you can use to create white noise, the best white noise machines, and even white noise machines for babies!

A Fan for White Noise Works Great!

A Fan for White Noise?

You can use a fan for white noise. You get that constant whirring created by the fan, known as white noise, and you can control the level of the noise by increasing or decreasing the speed of the blades. I'm sure you've heard of people, or know people that have to have a fan to sleep. Well I'm one of those people. It helps soothe my mind and blocks out unwanted noise, it's my favorite method of white noise for sleep!

You can try creating the same effect with a ceiling fan, but most ceiling fans are made to be more quiet since they are often used in the living room. So you do get a small amount of white noise from them, but generally not enough to help promote a good night's sleep. A ceiling fan for white noise is not going to be your best method.

You may not be able to sleep with the fan pointed at you if you suffer from allergies. The fan can stir up dust and particles which can really aggravate allergies. If you do suffer from allergies, try turning the fan away from you or pointed out your door so it's not stirring up the particles in your room.

Use White Noise to Help Your Baby Sleep

White Noise Machine for Babies

Using white noise for babies when they won't sleep, or they're fussy is an excellent trick to help soothe them. You can try using a vacuum cleaner. This often creates a nice drone that helps soothe a fussy baby. I don't recommend using a fan for white noise, the fan can make the baby cold, or cause them to get sick.

There are white noise machines for babies are available on the market today. This may be a great option for you if the vacuum doesn't work. You should get one with varying sounds and tones to find out what's effective for your baby.

Using white noise for sleep is very effective, even for babies. But you have to be careful about the volume of the white noise, and the distance to the babies crib. You don't want to have it too loud, just remember moderation. This may be one reason getting a white noise machine for babies specifically is a better option. You can easily control the volume, and the distance to the crib. You should not put the white noise machine in the babies crib. This is too close, and you can easily get the volume too loud. It is possible to damage the baby's hearing if kept too loud or too close.

I recommend searching for a used one first. You can ask other moms you know. You can look at garage sales, flea markets, or even in your local paper. You might have trouble find a used one in those areas though. Another place you can try is craigslist. Or you can check out ebay below.

Best White Noise Machines- Lectrofan

Best White Noise Machines

There are a multitude of white noise machines on the market. They range from imitating the drone of an electrical device, to making sounds of the ocean, and even simulating a rain storm. If you decide to opt for one of these, do your research first. If you think you'd like to hear the sound of the ocean, go for one that makes that noise. Some offer multiple noises to choose from as well. Everybody is individual, so using white noise for sleep may be something you have to experiment with a little.

The Marpac Dohm-DS has excellent reviews. This simulates a fan for white noise, without stirring up dust or making you chilly. However, the best white noise machines should offer more choices for white noise than just the drone of a fan. You might have to deal with repeating, or playing of the noise over and over. Or there might be breaks in the noise that can be bothersome to some.

The Lectrofan also has excellent reviews and offers more choices for white noise selection. It has ten different selections, and all are nonrepeating. You will likely have to pay a bit more for the best white noise machines. But if you're able to get a good night's sleep, it's more than worth it. Again, look to buy used first to save some money!

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    • Vampsdes profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Missouri, US

      Oh! Well that's interesting! I'm not likely to do that anytime soon! Maybe for a night or two but ten days, wow! You're tougher than I am! Thanks for the reply and great comment! :)

    • cheapstuff profile image


      6 years ago from California

      Its silly but I camped somewhere for 10 days that had no cell phone reception and almost no lights. Somehow during the experience it broke my need for a fan since there was no electricity to run one. Hah!

    • Vampsdes profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Missouri, US

      I found I really liked the vacuum as well when my baby had colic. The only thing that would put him to sleep. It's a really expensive Hyla vacuum so it makes a very deep rumble. Put me and him both out! Haha!

      I fear I will be one to use my fan forever. I'm curious, how did you break the habit of needing it? If we all knew your secret we wouldn't need white noise at all! :)

    • cheapstuff profile image


      6 years ago from California

      I have used a fan for decades to sleep although recently I broke the habit of needing it, but still I keep my fan on every night.

      Never heard of using a vacuum or even a white noise generator. Pretty awesome hub for all those people having trouble sleeping.

    • Vampsdes profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Missouri, US

      Yes that is a good idea as well! I did try that myself, unfortunately that wasn't a good option for me. I had my alarm set to the radio for years, however I couldn't get any stations so it always woke me up with static. So I personally hated having static for background noise, but if I hadn't previously trained myself to wake up to it, I might now be using that instead of a fan! Thanks for the great input!

    • MickeySr profile image


      6 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

      On nights when a fan is desirable the noise works fine, but I've come to rely on the cheapest and least cumbersome makeshift white noise source - I tune a bedside radio to a staticy spot in-between stations, I get a steady, low, background hum/fuzz that's not difficult to imagine as a distant waterfall.

    • Vampsdes profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Missouri, US

      Oh I'm glad to be of help! Personally a fan does great for me, as I said. But the white noise machines are actually made to blend out other noises. Whichever you decide to go with I hope you're sleeping good soon! Thanks for the vote! :)

    • Maralexa profile image

      Marilyn Alexander 

      6 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

      This is timely for me -- I have been looking into something to block the sounds of a noisy neighbor who plays his radio between 2:30am and 5:00am!! It is really really annoying.

      I find that my fan is not enough. The white noise machines I have looked at seem a bit high in price. I notice the Amazon ones you mention and will have a further look at those.

      Thanks for the info and the reminder. Voted up and useful.

    • Vampsdes profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Missouri, US

      Though I can sleep eventually without the fan, I sleep much better with it. My son prefers the vacuum but I don't have an electrical timer so he rarely gets to sleep with that! Thanks for reading!

    • caluyaronel1992 profile image


      6 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Vampsdes, I am also using my fan to sleep, it makes me comfortable. Now I know it is called "White Noise." Thanks.


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