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Old 01-08-2013, 02:05 PM   #1
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How many of you need white noise to fall asleep and stay asleep? Without it the smallest noises wake me up.


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Old 01-08-2013, 02:18 PM   #2
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I grew up in an industrial area in Western PA with heavy equipment and trains running 24-7. I believe that I have become dependent on background noise to sleep. It drives my wife NUTS if she turns the TV off I wake up seconds later.


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Me, I use a fan. I've tried white noise generators, but I end up easily distracted by the the break in the pattern where the sound effect loops on itself. When I was recovering from my surgery and staying at my sister's house my old droid had a couple halfway decent white noise apps. But oldschool fans work best for me. I run them year round whenever I sleeping or napping.

I've been doing it since I was a kid, my dad was hard of hearing and a shouter at the tv when his teams were loosing, so when I'd go to bed as a kid, the fan would be a perfect layer of constant noise to block out any intermittent noise li9ke tvs or traffic.
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Me, I use a fan. I've tried white noise generators, but I end up easily distracted by the the break in the pattern where the sound effect loops on itself. When I was recovering from my surgery and staying at my sister's house my old droid had a couple halfway decent white noise apps. But oldschool fans work best for me. I run them year round whenever I sleeping or napping.

I've been doing it since I was a kid, my dad was hard of hearing and a shouter at the tv when his teams were loosing, so when I'd go to bed as a kid, the fan would be a perfect layer of constant noise to block out any intermittent noise li9ke tvs or traffic.
Same here. I have to have a fan running for me to fall/stay asleep. The ceiling fan in my bedroom works fine for that. I need that little but of noise and probably more than anything I need air constantly circulating. I keep my fan on even in the winter. I can't fall asleep without it.
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My wife introduced me to sleeping with a fan on, now when I travel I find that my sleep is dramatically improved with white noise in the background. On the iPhone, SleepMachine is a good app to use.
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My wife introduced me to sleeping with a fan on, now when I travel I find that my sleep is dramatically improved with white noise in the background. On the iPhone, SleepMachine is a good app to use.
Another good one is sleep pillow plus. I use the rain one if i dont have a fan available. Although i wake up thinking its actually raining out.
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I have one of those Vortex table fans on throughout the night. Been sleeping this way for 15+ years. A few of my girlfriends along the way didn't like the fan because it got them too cold or it was too loud... Simple Solution: Toss a heavy shirt over it. You'll still have some sound without the cold draft.

Other people I know sleep with those extra loud industrial fans. That's too much noise for me. Sounds like you're in a wind tunnel. I don't like listening to the TV, and especially not those white noise machines either... I'd prefer silence to hearing an artificial waterfall or birds chirping in a forest. Actual rain or thunderstorms are great!
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I usually pop the TV on when I get in bed and half listen to it while I drift off. At some point during the night I will turn it off.
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I go to bed with netflix playing, after the show or movie, the tv shuts off after being idle, its pretty handy no need to remember to set the sleep timer.
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I generally don't have any issues falling asleep, I don't mind noise unless its intelligable. The worst is when its talking that is slightly muted, like a television in another room. The natural tendency to listen makes me struggle to try to make out what is being said and that wakes me up more. Then I have to turn on a fan to override, otherwise, quiet is good by me.


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