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"Sound" Sleep- Ambient Sounds and White Noise Sleep Aids

Updated on November 20, 2016

Nature Sounds for Sleep

For those who struggle with insomnia, or the effects of tinnitus, nature or ambient sounds can help you sleep. Sleep machines are a perfect way to blot out unwanted sounds that are keeping you awake. When it's late at night and your trying to get some shuteye. Lying there in bed you hear the dog a few houses away barking and barking at something. Your neighbors have their music loud enough for the whole neighborhood to enjoy. And the traffic on the nearby road never seems to quiet down regardless of the time. If you are a light sleeper, or are bedeviled by insomnia, things like this can keep you awake most of the night. You can't control the sounds outside your home, however you can mute them significantly. A sound machine helps you have your own little bubble to sleep in, without being disturbed all throughout the night.

It's high time you took matters into hand and adapt your bedroom into your own private zone devoid of outside noises and influences. Sound and white noise machines are created for that purpose drowning out the all but the loudest noises, instead offering a peaceful, surrounding sound to help you fall asleep and stay asleep. These machines help create a relaxing atmosphere for you, which can replace worrying when the dog next door will start up again.

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Ambient Sounds for Masking Noise

These machines vary a bit depending on what your looking for. Some specialize in white noise which works especially well for tinnitus sufferers. Others have a variety of nature sounds from sounds of the ocean and rainfall, to wind and summer nights (crickets). If you like the ambient sounds of the rainforest, or the chugging sound of the night train rolling by, you'll be able to drown out that TV in the next room and get a good night's sleep.

After living in a series of apartments with paper thin walls, a fan had become my constant bedtime companion. Which worked great for most of the year. However when it got cold outside the last thing you want is a fan blowing cold air around. That was when I purchased my first sound machine. It was a relief to block out unwanted noises and still have a fan or ocean sound to sleep with. A sound machine can give you quiet time while allowing others in your home to enjoy the television without disturbing you. Also if you live near a freeway like I do, the white noise blocks the trucks and cars whizzing by at all hours.

The nature sound machines such as the Sleep Oasis (pictured right) are great because they offer the rain, and wind, and ocean waves sounds, along with a white noise setting. You can also get new sound cards to vary the sounds, so you don't have to hear the same thing over and over again. So you can go from ocean waves, to forest rain, to vacuum cleaner (if you prefer).

Sound Machines

Conair Sound Therapy Sound Machine
Conair Sound Therapy Sound Machine

A sound machine with 12 relaxing sounds included.

 

Tinnitus Relief

Tinnitus is a condition that causes ringing or buzzing in the ears. It can be caused by ear infections, wax build up, allergies, or exposure to loud sounds. Sound machines can help mask the sound to help the sufferer sleep. The white noise sounds are especially good for this condition. It helps modify the buzzing or ringing sound that could keep the person awake for hours. You may want to experiment what sounds are better for you. Some tinnitus sufferers just prefer a ambient sound such as rainfall, or the ocean waves crashing against the shore.

Nature sounds are peaceful and enjoyable,and it is easy to lull yourself to sleep with these playing in the background. It is even better if you live with others who sleep at different times. You can make your bedroom into a peaceful sleep zone blocking out the television and other irritants, and leaving others in your home able to enjoy their own pursuits without bothering you.The settings on most sleep machines allow you to run it for an hour if you just need a send off, to all night if you want to avoid being woken up.

Sound Oasis Sleep Therapy Pillow

Sound Pillows and Sleep Masks

If your looking for more of a surround sound environment, then perhaps a sound pillow is what your seeking. These are pillows with speakers at either end, so your ears are literally surrounded by sound. You can plug in your Ipod or MP3 player and either listen to music, or download your favorite sleep sound such as rainfall or a thunderstorm.

Sleep masks help in blotting out unwanted light which is especially hard on light sleepers. Once you become comfortable with a mask on, you will never want to sleep without one. These are especially handy if you work at night and are a day sleeper. And of course you can take them with you when you travel. Sleep masks are made especially for people that try to blot out all light form their bedroom when they sleep. It's the perfect antidote for that sunlight or moonshine creeping in and waking you up.

Sample sounds from the Sound Oasis machine

Do you have a favorite sound to sleep by?

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      Lucy 23 months ago

      Think you for this hub, it´s really interesting. White noise is something that is coming up now, so I found it interesting to read something about it.

      If you were looking for a good white noise sound video, I found a great channel here:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptrpskyHlko&li...

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      Niecey Docherty 2 years ago from Firth, Nebraska

      I've tried several white noise machines and none of them are any use to me. I need a real fan, nice and loud. I think it's more than just the noise, I think there are vibrations or something that help. I just can't sleep without it. Not that I sleep all that well with it! But it's better than none.

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      marktplaatsshop 4 years ago

      This would be great, I always listen to the radio, but that has no timer on it so this is quit a smart thing to buy, thanks for sharing

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      ScentsWithBling 4 years ago

      I have a horrible time sleeping! I have suffered with insomnia for years now. I have a CD called Flutes by the sea. It used to help me get to sleep but now I don't have a CD player in my room! I would love a sound machine that played the ocean, gentle rain, running creek etc.

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      DoctorMo1 4 years ago

      Thank you for your informative lens. I have insomnia, I will give one or two of these products a try.