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Sleep Tip: Listen to white nosie

Try this simple sleep trick the next time sounds of bikes and cars hamper your sleep.

Written by Bhavyajyoti Chilukoti |Published : January 4, 2018 12:09 PM IST

There are times when we fail to catch our forty winks and end up tossing in bed all night. If you have tried drinking warm milk just before hitting the bed or tried working out just to catch a good night's sleep, but failed to do so, then here is trick that can help. Ankit Garg, co-founder and CEO of Wakefit says that listening to white noise can help you fall asleep at night in no time. A study published in the Journal Archives of disease in childhood [1] revealed that that trick is useful, especially for mothers, who find it hard to make their kids sleep at night. The study was done on neonates (between 2 and 7 days old) and proved that (80%) fell asleep within five minutes in response to white noise. Also read about simple but offbeat tricks for a good night s sleep that work!

How does it work?

White noise is an ambient noise produced digitally combining different sounds like rustling leaves, rumbling waterfall, etc. White noise works in the background and drowns out other disturbing sounds of traffic, snoring, etc. Hence, if the sounds of bikes and cars hampering your sleep or if the noise in the other room is preventing you from sleeping, then try this trick. Listening to white noise is the best way to ignore all these external disturbances during sleep time. White noise has the ability to relax you and induce sleep. This is especially helpful if you live in proximity to main roads with higher vehicular traffic. Here are reasons sleeping on your left side is healthy.

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To make this trick work better for you, block all blue light screens before bedtime. They key is to create a calming ambience in your room to get the best quality sleep. This includes turning off the blue lights emitted from screens of cell phones, computers, tablets, televisions and other gadgets in your bedroom. Worth a try isn't it? Also read why you should NEVER sleep with your head facing the North!

Where to get it?

There are phone apps, YouTube videos and physical devices that generate white noise. You can go online and buy a generator according to your preference and budget or, you can use any of the free white noise apps or YouTube sounds.

Reference: Spencer JA, Moran DJ, Lee A, Talbert D. White noise and sleep induction. Arch Dis Child. 1990 Jan;65(1):135-7. PubMed PMID: 2405784; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC1792397.

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