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What Is White Noise? Can It Help You Concentrate and Sleep Better?

The Pros and Cons of White Noise On Babies

The Pros and Cons of White Noise On Babies

Pros:

  • Some babies tend to fall asleep faster with white noise in the background
  • White noise helps drown out household noises during nap times
  • It helps newborn babies to relax by producing a sound mimicking their mother's heartbeat

Cons:

  • White noise doesn't work on all babies, it can also prevent them from sleeping
  • Newborns can become "addicted" to white noise and have trouble sleeping without it
  • The volume may exceed the baby's recommended noise limits

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White noise

White noise is the sound of all the frequencies that humans can hear and is at the same intensity, such as a fan or crashing waves.

Around the globe, millions of people are downloading whit...

Theories around white noise

One theory is that white noise helps to drown out other bothersome sounds. Another is that listening to the same sound each night may help people to associate it with falling asleep.

Studies show that although there is evidence that people fall asleep sooner, the quality of the evidence was poor. There is also a concern of potential ill-effects of not allowing the auditory system to switch off overnight, although this has not yet been tested.

Creating a sleep-inducing environment
  • Turn the temperature between 60 and 72 degrees.
  • Turn off the lights. Artificial light suppresses your body’s production of the sleep hormone melat...
Keep in sync with your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle
  • Try to go to sleep and get up at the same time every day;
  • Avoid sleeping in, even on weekends;
  • Limit naps to 15 to 20 minutes in the early afternoon;
Melatonin

Is a naturally occurring hormone controlled by light exposure that helps regulate your sleep-wake cycle. 

Your brain secretes more melatonin when it’s dark, making you sleepy, and less when it’s light, making you more alert. 

However, many aspects of modern life can alter your body’s production of melatonin and shift your circadian rhythm

Influence exposure to ligh

During the day:

  • Expose yourself to bright sunlight in the morning. 
  • Spend more time outside during daylight. 
  • Let as much natural light into your home or workspace as possible.

At night:

  • Avoid bright screens within 1-2 hours of your bedtime.
  • Say no to late-night television.
  • Don’t read with backlit devices. 
  • When it’s time to sleep, make sure the room is dark.
  • Keep the lights down if you get up during the night.