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Sleep Sound Machines

Updated on October 3, 2014

White Noise Sound Machines for Restful Sleep

If you're a light sleeper like me, you may benefit from a white noise sound machine, also called sleep sound machines.

At night I hear every little thing, it wakes me up, and I have trouble falling back to sleep. Any sound can wake me up like noises from neighbors (a door slamming, a phone ringing, a dog barking, music playing) or even my cat roaming around the house at night (her favorite time for exploring, of course!).

I used to use a circulating fan as a sound machine to block noises. The hum of the fan let me relax and drift off to sleep and stay asleep longer.

For a few years now, I've been using a sleep sound machine that has different sounds to choose from. All sound machines are different, but mine, which is shown here, has six different nature sounds, but I listen to rain almost exclusively.

My sound machine is small and sits on a bookshelf in my bedroom. I love my sound machine!

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

White Noise Sound Machines

HoMedics SS-2000 Sound Spa Relaxation Sound Machine with 6 Nature Sounds, Silver
HoMedics SS-2000 Sound Spa Relaxation Sound Machine with 6 Nature Sounds, Silver

This is the model of sound machine I use. I've had it for about 5 years now and it's still ticking!


Sleep Sound Machines - White Noise to Block Sounds

These are all economical sound machines that provide white noise to help you sleep.

If getting a good night's sleep is hard because of outdoor noises, consider a white noise machine to lull you to sleep.

Listen to Music or an Audio Book as White Noise

White Noise of Another Color

My daughter uses her iPad as a sleep sound machine. She listens to an audio book all night long. I imagine she really only listens to it while she's awake, but it lulls her to sleep and the voice is still yammering away, telling the story come morning.

A Kindle or iPod or other listening device would also work as a white noise sound machine.

Use a Fan for White Noise

Fans for Cool, Restful Sleep - Added Feature of White Noise

Fans are often used for air circulation, cooling, and as white noise.

Ear Plugs for Quiet Any Time - Sometimes You Can't Use a Sound Machine

Sometimes it's not possible to use your sound machine. In those cases, I've found ear plugs actually do block out loud (and soft) noises. Keep a pair handy in your suitcase just in case.

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Do you use a sleep sound machine?

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      bossypants 5 years ago

      I have a Homedics sound machine. I got it as a gift when I traveled a lot for business. Hotels can be noisy and just the unfamiliarity can mean shallow sleep. I had a whole little ritual and the sound machine really helped!

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      No, but we always have a fan going. It's soothing. I would like to try out one of those sleep sound machines some day.

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      RetroMom 5 years ago

      No. All I need is a good pillow and cold temperature and I can sleep peacefully. But I know people who would love to benefit from having a sleep sound machine.

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      neuromancer lm 5 years ago

      I hate always new sounds, but when I live for long time on some place I get used to the sounds and I even like it more than silence :)