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A Guide to Sound Conditioners

WhiteMillions 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.


 Products

The Marpac Dohm

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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.

Sound Oasis Sleep Sound Therapy Systems

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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.

Sharper Image Sound Soothersound-soother

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.

‘Lectro Fan

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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!

 

The Complete Guide to Snoring Solutions

zzz'sWhen you, or a loved one, snores, it has the potential to ruin a great nights sleep. With all of the remedies out there, it can be difficult to know which one to choose. The SleepBetterShop is here to provide you with a helpful guide to assist you with your anti-snoring solution.


Anti-Snoring Jaw Strap

snoreshield_1Snoring can occur as a result of a blocked airway. By using a jaw strap, your jaw is held forward, keeping your airways open and unrestricted. The SnoreShield is fully adjustable, eliminating the need to figure out what size to buy. This product is a great choice for someone who suffers from snoring due to jaw alignment.


Nasal TubesNasiVent_1If you suffer from snoring due to nasal obstruction, the NasiVent Tube is a great choice to help reduce snoring. These silicone tubes sit inside the nostril to help dilate it. The tubes allow for unobstructed air to pass in through the nose. If you suffer from a deviated septum, this product is also recommended. With proper care, the NasiVent Tube can last for years, making it a perfect long-term solution. Other nasal decongestion aids work for short-term relief, but if your symptoms are recurring and due to a physical obstruction, the NasiVent is for you.


Nasal Strips

Breathe_Right_Strips_1When our sinuses are blocked or stuffed up, we tend to breathe through our mouths. This can lead to snoring. There are a number of nasal strips on the market that help to open up your airways and relieve nasal congestion. Some strips, like Breathe Right, sit atop of your nose, using adhesive to gently pull upward to help open your airways. These are disposable strips that adhere to your skin. A different style, like Theravent strips, sit under your nose, covering the nostrils. Theravent strips use your personal breathing pressure to open your passages and relieve snoring. There are tiny valves on these strips that allow you to inhale as normal, but gently cause pressure as you exhale, helping to relieve nasal obstructions. Whichever route you choose, nasal strips tend to be a less expensive, short-term solution to snoring


The Back Off

back-off-prod-photo-300x186Snoring can be caused by improper posture as well as nasal and airway obstructions. This clever solution prevents you from sleeping on your back which can cause snoring. If you or a loved one only snores due to their sleeping positions, give this device a try. It’s comfortable, adjustable, and reusable. If the idea of sticking something up, or on, your nose seems a bit extreme, the Back Off is worth a shot.


We hope you’ve learned which snoring solution is right for you! To see all that the SleepBetterShop has to offer, click here!