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The Best Sleep Sounds

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Przemek Klos

We know that falling asleep isn’t always a piece of cake, but there are a few ways you can make it sweeter. With the right bed, proper sleeping environment and consistent nighttime routine, you can make getting Zzz’s a breeze. And one of the best ways to do this is by limiting your sleep distributors such as light, technology and sound — basically anything that could prevent you from falling asleep or waking you up.

However, creating a comfortable sleep space starts by closing the blinds, silencing your phone and embracing the quiet. Well…almost. Sometimes the quiet can be a little too quiet, and you need soft consistent sounds to help you sleep.

Silence vs. Sound Machine

Do you prefer silence vs. a sound machine to fall asleep? People who use a sound machin to fall asleep are often distracted and kept awake by the other noises that may appear throughout the night — a barking dog, a car alarm, etc. — that keeps their brain active and unable to fall asleep. The use of a sound machine helps to minimize these outside noises while distracting the brain, allowing them to fall into a deeper sleep.

Whether you use a fan, white noise sound machine or prefer a gentle tune, soothing sleep sounds can help lull you to sleep. If you enjoy a little noise when trying to sleep, here are some of the best sounds to fall asleep to:

The Best Sleep Sounds to Help You Fall Asleep

White Noise

No, the ideal sounds for sleep do not include snoring. Rather than trying to sleep to the sound of sawing logs from your partner, you should try to find soothing sounds that help ease you into sleep. One of the most popular sleep sounds is white noise. Proven successful with helping babies fall asleep, the same noise still works for adults. Sounding similar to an outdoor breeze or noisy air conditioning, white noise is a steady, consistent hum that quiets down any room. There are machines you can buy or you can download an app to play a variety of white noise tones.

Another alternative to white noise is having a fan. Creating a similar sound to white noise, a ceiling fan or box fan can help create a peaceful environment and drown out any outdoor noise, so you can fall fast asleep.

Nature Sounds

If you get your best sleep underneath the stars, bring the outdoors to your bedroom. The peaceful noises of nature are some of the best sounds to sleep by. From a river stream, to waves, rain storms and crickets, there are several sleeping sounds that the outdoors have to offer.

And while sleeping outside may be reserved for camping trips or the occasional nights with the windows open, you can find all of these sounds and more online. Through websites like calmsound, you can listen to a wide variety of soothing nature sounds to help you fall asleep almost instantly. It’s like a night under the stars with all the comforts of home.

Peaceful Music

Last but not least, there is nothing like falling asleep to a gentle, calming song. Music is proven to help relax the mind and body, which makes it a perfect sleep sound. Not sure where to start with your sleep playlist? Don’t worry, Mattress Firm has you covered. Take a listen to our Songs to help You Snooze playlist below for a night of solid sleep. Whether you prefer a classic like John Lennon’s “Imagine” or something a bit more contemporary like Bon Iver’s “Holocene,” this playlist has something to help everyone drift into dreamland.

If you are having trouble falling asleep, try adding one of these sleep sounds into your bedtime routine. You will be surprised how much a calm, consistent sound can help sooth you into a deep and restful night of sleep!

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