Do fall to sleep more easily with background noise or silence?

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  1. breathe2travel profile image73
    breathe2travelposted 11 years ago

    Do fall to sleep more easily with background noise or silence?

    I like the hum of a fan when I sleep.  Do fall to sleep more easily with background noise or silence?

  2. ThussaysNanaMarie profile image60
    ThussaysNanaMarieposted 11 years ago

    Not really! I can take soft music for a while but I will wake up to switch it off.

    1. breathe2travel profile image73
      breathe2travelposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      If I fall asleep with music playing, I will awake at some point to turn off the radio.

    2. ThussaysNanaMarie profile image60
      ThussaysNanaMarieposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I also love the sound of rain outside on the roof top especially the corrigated roofs as I sleep with the duvet pulled over my shoulders.

  3. Jlbowden profile image85
    Jlbowdenposted 11 years ago

    I not only enjoy the humming of a fan while I sleep, but I often use a white noise machine that I place in a corner of the room. The noise produced from it is rather relaxing as well as sleep inducing. The white noise produced by this machine is somewhat like that of rushing air-very sleep inducing indeed.

  4. Georgie Lowery profile image91
    Georgie Loweryposted 11 years ago

    I have to have a fan running or a similar noise to be able to sleep. Perfect quiet drives me crazy and makes me hear every noise in the house and outside.

  5. Cherrietgee profile image67
    Cherrietgeeposted 11 years ago

    I  need silence in order to fall asleep. If I happen to fall asleep while watching TV or listening to music, the noise wakes me up and I have to hit the power button.

  6. Express10 profile image84
    Express10posted 11 years ago

    I fall asleep when there is silence. Because I've had problems with a noisy neighbor, I've lost a lot of sleep until he was finally evicted for non payment smile You'd think someone with money problems wouldn't be causing a noisy ruckus wouldn't you?

    1. breathe2travel profile image73
      breathe2travelposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I don't really compare the two -- noise with ability to handle money.  Perhaps your experience has brought that association?

  7. cat on a soapbox profile image94
    cat on a soapboxposted 11 years ago

    I sleep with earplugs that still allow me to hear but greatly muffle sounds. I don't like sound machines and such because I pick up the repetitive patterns and analyze them!

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    Marntzuposted 11 years ago

    I have to have background noise (a ceiling fan in my case) dead silence and I am wide awake.

  9. Sherry Hewins profile image92
    Sherry Hewinsposted 11 years ago

    I'm an insomniac, and I know this is bad, but I usually fall asleep with the TV on, but I set it to go off at a certain time, because if I don't it will eventually wake me up.

    1. breathe2travel profile image73
      breathe2travelposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I once shared that practice!  I travelled a lot, and it was easier for me to sleep in an unfamiliar place with background noise, but if I didn't set the "sleep" feature, the noise would awaken me a bit later.

    2. Sherry Hewins profile image92
      Sherry Hewinsposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I know it's bad "sleep hygiene" according to all the experts.

  10. flashmakeit profile image60
    flashmakeitposted 11 years ago

    I fall to sleep better when there is complete silence.  If there is a lot of noise when I try to rest I put my finger in my ear because as soon as I ear any kind of noise I wake up.

  11. pedagog profile image76
    pedagogposted 11 years ago

    If you have been to India, and traveled in train then it is the perfect situation in which i like to sleep but the condition is train should be running fast.

    1. breathe2travel profile image73
      breathe2travelposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I like to sleep with humming of tires on the road -- especially the rhythmic "thu-thump" when driving across extremely long bridges.  Makes me sleep just thinking about the sound...  I fell asleep in an MRI...repetitive sounds lull me.

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    idratherbeposted 11 years ago

    Definately need the fans a humming and the tv on with the volume low.

  13. BlissfulWriter profile image72
    BlissfulWriterposted 11 years ago

    Sleep in silence and in total darkness.  Those were two of my ten tips for better sleep which I wrote about: … p-Insomnia

  14. AmyEliza profile image59
    AmyElizaposted 11 years ago

    I can fall asleep if there is a constant noise. I love the white noise of a computer or fan running, but it its a loud inconsistent noise there is no way I will ever fall asleep. I typically sleep in silence, but I like the cold and hot months when the heat or air is on because it gives me that white noise.

  15. wisdom25 profile image60
    wisdom25posted 11 years ago

    If I'm drunk I can fall asleep with noise but if not I have to fall asleep with silence.

  16. Cristale profile image83
    Cristaleposted 11 years ago

    If it is silent, I stay awake with my mind racing. When there is background noise, it gives me something else to focus on instead of my thoughts.

  17. coffeegginmyrice profile image81
    coffeegginmyriceposted 11 years ago

    Silence is golden and that is when I get into a deep slumber, perhaps sub-consciously dreaming but wake up refreshed.  With having migraines, I hate noise!

    There is this hotel guest who specifically would request for the AC unit in his room to be re-adjusted each time he checks-in to produce a disturbing noise. This disturbing noise actually helps him sleep!  He probably would be requesting it where he spends his hotel stays.

  18. Atiyar Rahaman profile image39
    Atiyar Rahamanposted 11 years ago

    i cant do that , but some do , idont know how ?

  19. alian346 profile image67
    alian346posted 11 years ago

    I like to fall asleep listening to the radio which is on a timer to switch itself off. This covers other noises which may be present.

  20. thoughtabout profile image70
    thoughtaboutposted 11 years ago

    I fell asleep easily if I get complete silence

  21. profile image0
    Kommadantposted 11 years ago

    I can fall asleep either way.  I usually prefer to fall asleep with the television on, as long as I put it on sleep mode.  Some nights I turn everything off and just think for a few moments before drifting into sleep.


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