Looking for the Best White Noise Machine?

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The best white noise machine isn't a typical machine at all. It's connected to something you likely already have at your disposal....

Finding the best white noise machine for yourself may just involve downloading an app on your smartphone or tablet. As you have probably realized by now, the marketplace is jam-packed with a variety of white noise machines— some are very pricey, some are compact for travel, and some can even accompany a baby anywhere! While white noise machines have been around for decades, they only perform one function and lack personalization.

According to Consumer Reports‘ extensive 2016 sleep survey of more than 4,000 U.S. adults, many respondents reported they have tried a traditional white noise machine to help them sleep.

“They can be helpful for some individuals who live in noisy environments because an abrupt change in sound level can interfere with sleep,” explains Nathanial Watson, M.D., president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. “And they can be soothing for people who are sensitive to changes in their environment.”

Simply put, white noise is the combination of all frequencies audible to the human ear being played simultaneously and at equal intensities. Many people rely on white noise to help them drift off by masking other sounds that might disrupt sleep.

Turning Your Smartphone into the Best White Noise Machine

Instead of automatically turning to a fan or bulky white noise machine to help you catch some zzz’s, turn to your smartphone.

Recent technological advancements have freed us from relying on traditional white noise machines and have given us drastically more sophisticated options beyond just providing sounds that fall into just the white noise category. Specially curated playlists have become an accessible solution for many seeking better quality rest. Five sleep-promoting playlists were created by Endel, a sound technology that generates real-time personalized soundscapes to enhance sleep, relaxation, and focus. Endel’s core algorithm is based on circadian rhythms, pentatonic scale, and sound masking. These playlists were created by a Berlin-based team of artists, developers, and scientists and feature scientifically proven and expertly crafted sleep sounds to help you enjoy the benefits of restorative slumber.

Click the “play” button below to preview the Rainy Night, Foggy Morning, and Cloudy Afternoon playlists! Choose “listen” in the top right corner if you wish to view the full album via Apple Music or Spotify. 

Sleep: Rainy Night Playlist Preview

Sleep: Foggy Morning Playlist Preview

Sleep: Cloudy Afternoon Playlist Preview

Like what you hear? Preview more playlists here.

Multiple scientific studies indicate that certain types of music and sounds have the power to help lull us into a deep sleep. Sounds inspired by nature, devoid of instrumentation or human vocals, have been shown to be equally or even more effective than traditionally composed melodies.

The tracks featured on these playlists were produced with specifically pentatonic scale in mind – the musical scale with five notes per octave. The use of the pentatonic scale and pure intonation results in simple, pleasant sounds that are physiologically natural. When pentatonic melodies and pure intonation are joined, the most relaxing ambient combinations possible are created as a result.

Besides playlists, Endel has also developed an iOS mobile app which generates real-time personalized sound environments to enhance focus, relaxation, and sleep. This recently released tool is now available for iOS users worldwide and empowers its user to ease the mind, minimize distractions, and help create a more relaxed environment. The app’s sound engine incorporates specially tuned noises to make distracting sounds and harsh interruptions less audible through sound masking. After choosing one of four different sound modes: Sleep, Relax, Focus, and On-the-Go, Endel produces a soothing and physiologically natural soundscape, which adapts real-time to a number of personal inputs like location, time zone, weather, and heart rate.   So, the best white noise machine might just be your smartphone loaded with the right app.

Intrigued? Download this useful sleep-promoting companion for yourself at the App Store here or via the button below.