Find Your Happy Place with Relaxing White Noise

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You've probably heard white noise can be used as a sleep aid. But relaxing white noise also can be your gateway to a calm and undistracted mind...

If you’ve never considered using relaxing white noise to help tune out distractions, disturbances, and turbulence of the mind, now might be the time to start. The results of a 2017 Gallup Survey report eight out of ten Americans as saying they feel stress sometimes or frequently during their day. Similarly, the American Institute of Stress informs us that 77 percent of people regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress, while 73 percent of Americans regularly experience psychological symptoms caused by stress. Meanwhile, according to the American Institute of Stress, one in three people report feeling they are living with extreme stress. With stress so widespread and acute, we need an effectual stress reduction solution. Relaxing white noise might represent one effective way to alleviate pervasive stress.

Benefits of Relaxation

While stress is linked to health and wellbeing issues ranging from headaches, chest pain, and fatigue to trouble sleeping and depression, science links relaxation to an array of health benefits. Below are many of the positive effects the Mayo Clinic suggests relaxation can have on our health and wellbeing:

  • Slowing heart rate
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Slowing your breathing rate
  • Improving digestion
  • Maintaining normal blood sugar levels
  • Reducing activity of stress hormones
  • Increasing blood flow to major muscles
  • Reducing muscle tension and chronic pain
  • Improving concentration and mood
  • Improving sleep quality
  • Lowering fatigue
  • Reducing anger and frustration
  • Boosting confidence to handle problems


Relaxing white noise for stress reduction

White noise is a noise containing all the frequencies audible to the human ear, playing simultanesouly, at equal intensities. The static or whirring fan-like sound of white noise is particularly effective at sound masking — helping to mask unwanted or disturbing noise. It is through its sound masking properties that white noise can help keep us relaxed.

One study demonstrated how playing white noise to patients resulted in significantly improved levels of relaxation. The patients’ increased relaxation was measured through lowered blood pressure, heart rate, and skin temperature.

Besides masking potentially upsetting sounds, white noise has the potential to help quiet our busy minds. According to neuroscientist Ben Martynoga of the National Institute for Medical Research in London: “White noise can help you get into an almost meditative state, that state of flow when you are effortlessly moving through the world.” Relaxing white noise might be just the ticket to achieving calm and simple presence, fully in the moment.

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An app packed with the power of relaxing sound masking

A revolutionary new app utilizes sound masking as part of its core algorithm. The app is called Endel, and it creates personalized sounds to align your body and mind toward various beneficial states, including relaxation. Endel’s sound engine employs sound masking, specifically, to create specially tuned noises that make distracting sounds and harsh interruptions less audible.

When it comes to decreasing anxiety, Endel listeners experienced a factor of 3.6 times less anxiety after listening to the app. One reason the app is so effective for users is its personalization of the soundscapes it delivers. Endel uses personal inputs like time zone, weather, location, and heart rate to curate the most appropriate, effective sounds — just for you.

Access the relaxing power of (personalized!) ambient sounds that incorporate sound masking, and receive the benefits. Your body, mind, and spirit will thank you …

You can download the Endel app here, or via the button below.