White noise for sleep can mask unwanted noises and help you to fall asleep and stay asleep. We all need sleep. Sleep helps us think clearly and creatively, maintain a healthy metabolism, and see the glass as half full. Science links sleep deprivation to an increased risk of heart disease, brain aging, type 2 diabetes, depression, anxiety, and obesity. Still, many of us don’t get the sleep we need. The National Sleep Foundation recommends adults sleep seven to nine hours every 24-hour cycle. But the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that one in three Americans don’t hit the minimum of that recommended sleep range on a regular basis. If you’re not regularly getting at least seven hours of sleep, don’t shrug off sleep deprivation as something that doesn’t matter or can’t be fixed. Sleep matters vitally to your health and wellbeing, and there are ways to attain more and better sleep. A good place to start might be trying white noise for sleep.
Why is white noise for sleep effective?
White noise is the combination of all frequencies audible to the human ear being played simultaneously and at equal intensities. The resulting sound is akin to static, or a fan. (Have you ever noticed you sometimes sleep better in a room with a fan whirring above you?) A big part of the reason white noise can whir you to sleep is its excellence in masking other sounds. White noise works by helping to mask “peak” noises that might inhibit or disturb sleep. “Peak” noise examples could be: traffic, television, or a partner’s irregular — maybe even startling! — snoring.
According to the National Sleep Foundation: “If you have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, creating a constant ambient sound could help mask activity from inside and outside the house. In your bedroom, white noise can be created by a sound conditioner, a fan or an air purifier, anything that is a consistent and soothing backdrop throughout the night.”
While studies show white noise for sleep is effective, scientific investigation further reveals music and natural sounds (such as ocean waves) can help us fall asleep and sleep better as well. An ever-deepening understanding of the profound and tangible ways sound affects our sleep cycle means more advanced sonic creations — such as soundtracks, founded on science, to help us sleep more soundly than ever.
Soothing, sound masking playlists
What if you could access entire playlists of soothingly integrated sounds proven to help you sleep?
Well you’ll sleep better knowing that you can. Several expertly-crafted, dreamily comfortingly sleep sounds playlists have recently been created and released by an innovative sound engine called Endel. The adaptive sound technology of Endel generates real-time personalized soundscapes to promote sleep, relaxation, and focus. Endel’s core algorithm is powered by circadian rhythms (our natural sleep and wake cycle), pentatonic scale (scientifically linked to promoting relaxation), and sound masking (what makes white noise so effective).
The Berlin-based team of artists, developers, and scientists who developed the Endel iOS app — now available worldwide — deployed the power of sound to intentionally promote and enhance desired states. If the state you’re desiring is deep, restful sleep, Endel can provide a consistent and soothing backdrop to aid sleep whenever you need it.
Endel just released five sleep sound playlists on Apple Music and Spotify. These playlists utilize the sleep-improving capacity of sound masking as well as soft natural sounds and gentle melodies to lull you into sweet, undisturbed slumber.
Click the “play” button below to preview the Foggy Morning and Cloudy Night playlists (then click “listen” if you wish to view the album on Apple Music or Spotify).
Soothing Sleep Sounds: Foggy Morning Playlist Preview
Soothing Sleep Sounds: Cloudy Night Playlist Preview
… Mmm, can’t you feel the dreamy relaxation enfolding you already? Even the track title names sound snuggly! Each of Endel’s five sleep sounds playlists feature 23 tracks — 57 minutes — of drowsily comforting sounds. And you can rest easier immersed in the tranquilly sleep-enhancing vibrations of them all …
Let yourself get the sleep you need through sound masking
We can’t ignore how vital sleep is to our overall health. Ensuring adequate sleep must become a priority in our lives. Luckily, we’re not alone in our quest for more and better sleep: science, technology, and art are all on our side. Science tells us the sound masking power of sound masking can help us sleep. Technology gives us access to the scientifically-proven benefits of sound encapsulated in soothing artistic soundtracks.
Let the Endel sleep sounds playlists help you appreciate how good life looks after a good night’s sleep. Your body, mind, and spirit deserve — and require — it.
You can also download the Endel app for iOS here, or via the button below: