Millions of people suffer from difficulty sleeping. There are a variety of ways to help ourselves fall, and stay, asleep. One of the most popular is a Sound Conditioner. These machines provide a consistent and soothing soundtrack of white noise, or other sounds. Sound machines moderate the noise level of our environment and have been proven to help us relax and aid in sleep. There are countless models and innumerable audio options when it comes to sounds machines. This post will help explain white noise, and a few of the most popular styles of conditioners.
What is White Noise?
White Noise is essentially a sound containing all of the frequencies within our range of hearing, played with with equal intensities. Our brains can’t pick out the individual frequencies, so it sounds like a cohesive, soothing hum. In fact, a lot of the sound machines on the market don’t actually produce white noise, but rather pink noise. Pink noise draws out the lower frequencies which can be helpful for those that find the harsher, upper frequencies of true white noise irritating.
Why White Noise?
White noise is commonly used as a masking effect. For people that suffer from tinnitus, or live in a city, white noise is often relief from irritating noises that prevent you from sleeping. When we wake up due to a bump in the night, it may not be the actual noise that wakes us, but rather the immediate change in noise in our environment. White noise helps to regulate sound, creating a stable noise environment.
The original, and possibly most popular, sound machine on the market is the Marpac Dohm. Recognized by it’s circular shape, the Dohm is a white-noise-only sound machine. That’s not to say it isn’t customizable. You can alter the tone and volume of the white noise, to find the frequency that soothes you best. Depending on the model you purchase, there are also a variety of speeds of white noise. This is a great option for any environment that needs noise masking, whether in a nursery or a college dorm room.
The Sound Oasis collection offers a variety of Sound Machines, from plain white noise, to interchangeable sound cards, to radio alarms. Customers appreciate the variety of sounds they get with these models. Common sounds include stream, thunderstorm, breaking surf, and summer night. If you need a sound machine more to mask external disturbances this collection is a wonderful option.
This sound conditioner is much more customizable, as it comes equipped with 20 digitally recorded sounds, and a dual alarm. The Sound Soother is also a clock-radio, so if you choose not to utilize the various sound conditioners, you can tune it to your favorite station. With a built in timer, you can choose to play your sounds continuously, or program it to shut off after a certain amount of time. If you want a dual white nose machine and alarm clock to reduce clutter on the nightstand, or if you like plenty of variety, this is a top rated sound machine.
The ‘Lectro Fan offers a variety of twenty different noise variations. You have the option of ten different electric fan sounds, and ten variations of white noise. This is a popular product for offices, as it also provides privacy. It’s convenient size makes the ‘Lectro Fan a great choice for travel as well. If you know you only want white noise, but want a wider selection of frequency this is widely recognized and effective.
No matter which model you decide is right for you, the quality of sleep you’ll experience with your Sound Conditioner may help lead you towards a healthier, happier life!