Strive for a "sound" sleep-scape

The relationship between sleep and noise is individual. Some sleepers require silent nights, while others are more accustomed to the humming, thrumming sounds of the city. If buses rumble down your street through the wee hours, a quiet night in the country could mean for a fitful sleep. Noise is all about what you're used to.

  • Pipe in some white noise to cover up sounds. The static buzz of white noise – which is kind of like the sound of a waterfall or of air releasing from a balloon – cancels out other noises and helps to lull some people into a relaxed state. You can achieve the fuzz factor of white noise with an oscillating fan or a sound machine designed specifically for the goal of a good night's rest. If you have a smartphone, white noise apps provide a range of options while saving precious space on your nightstand.
  • Plug your ears with earplugs to block out sounds. Specially-created "sleep headphones" are available, too, which are headphones or earphones that are designed to minimize interruptions to your sleep. Some models have features that can make your audio experience more soothing.
  • If someone in your family has a particularly tough time falling and staying asleep, consider where their bedroom is situated in the house. Are they in a high-noise, high-traffic area, too near the kitchen, the laundry room, a noisy street, or an opening-and-closing garage door? You may need to shuffle sleep locations!

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