Sounds That Help Or Hinder Sleep

Deep Sleep

While you sleep your body repairs and reenergizes, but not all sleep is deep enough to achieve the REM cycle your body needs. There are many things that can keep you from a deep sleep, including the sound.

Sounds That Keep You Up At Night

There is a long list of sounds that may be keeping you up, or keeping you from full REM. A few of which include:

  • Noisy Neighbors
  • Traffic
  • Snoring
  • Fans
  • Heating and Cooling System
  • Humidifier
  • Sounds of Nature
  • Household Noise—pets, family, TV, music, roommates, etc.

You may also have a difficult time sleeping while adjusting the sounds of a new environment, but with time you should adjust. Extreme silence can even be unsettling for some.

Tips For Minimizing Sound

To minimize or eliminate the sounds that distract you, try earplugs, noise canceling window treatments or wall coverings. You can also distract from the noise, or the extreme silence, with white noise or sound machines. Avoid the temptation to wear headphones to bed though. If possible, also consider switching to a quieter bedroom.

With just one of the small noise reducing changes above, you can improve the quality of your sleep. Also, consider other factors that may be disrupting your sleep. This includes being too hot or too cold, clutter, electronics in the bedroom, or even sleeping with a partner who tosses and turns.

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