A Different Kind of Sound Machine – Pink Noise??

A Different Kind of Sound Machine – Pink Noise??

I am somewhat weird, I think. I do not like the sound of rain, or thunder, or waves, or wind when I am trying to sleep. Instead, I like something very consistent, like a fan roar. It can’t be too loud though and I don’t like it blowing on me. I do like it in my room, just not blowing on me. It circulates the air and I think that helps me sleep better. Well, recently, my husband and I stayed at The Hoyt House B&B in Fernandina Beach, Fl. The room we stayed was next to a very busy street, so the owners had a sound machine under the chair next to the window that ran constantly. I loved it. It was not your typical sound machine. It imited a white noise I thought. But in reality, what made that sound machine different is that it was not white noise like, naturally occurring sounds of rain, waves, wind, thunder, etc., it was a made-up noise which is similar to a fan roar. They call this pink noise. When we got home, I bought one. It’s great. It has two volume levels and though I don’t think I will replace my fan with it in the summer, I will definitely use it this winter when I just about freeze myself out using the fan.  I recently read this article in Prevention Magazine that explains how this works. Read below:

“You’ve likely heard of white noise, says study author Jue Zhang, Ph.D., an associate professor at China’s Peking University, which is produced when the sounds of different frequencies are combined. Pink noise, on the other hand, is a type of sound in which every octave carries the same power, or a perfectly consistent frequency, Zhang explains. It’s called pink noise because light with a similar power spectrum would appear pink, he says.

To see how pink noise would affect human sleepers, Zhang and his team recruited 50 people and exposed them to either pink noise or no noise during nighttime sleep and daytime naps while monitoring their brain activity. The results: An impressive 75% of study participants reported more restful sleep when exposed to pink noise. When it came to brain activity, the amount of “stable sleep”—the most restful kind—increased 23% among the nighttime sleepers exposed to pink noise, and more than 45% among nappers, says Zhang.

What’s going on here? Sound plays a big role in brain activity and brain wave synchronization even while you’re sleeping, Zhang explains. The steady drone of pink noise slows and regulates your brain waves, which is a hallmark of super-restful sleep.

To experience the benefits of pink noise in your own bedroom, Zhang recommends fans or noisemakers that produce steady, uninterrupted sound or that imitate falling rain or wind. You could also download an application that will play pink noise through computer speakers or your cell phone, such as the Perfect Sleep application. Just don’t wear headphones, which can disrupt sleep, he says.”

If you are interested in the product I purchased, send me a message. I would be happy to share my discovery. Thanks Prevention Magazine for explaining to my husband, why I need the fan running all night!