Chances are that you’ve heard of white noise before. You may have even heard that white noise is a great solution to help babies and adults fall asleep faster and stay asleep throughout the night. What you may not know, though, is that pink noise may provide even bigger benefits when it comes to sleep. You may not have even heard of pink noise before.
What is Pink Noise?
According to Live Science, pink noise and white noise are similar in that they both contain all the noises that are typically audible to humans. Where they differ, though, is that while all frequencies have equal power per hertz with white noise, the power per hertz decreases as the frequency increases in pink noise. Because the power per octave is equal, most people believe pink noise has the same even consistency.
How Does Pink Noise Impact Sleep?
According to an interview in Prevention Magazine, sound has a significant impact on brainwave activity – even as you sleep. The pink noise is a steady drone of sounds that help to slow and regulate those waves for a deeper, more restful sleep.
A study was conducted by Peking University of China’s associate professor, Jue Zhang, PhD., to determine pink noise and the impact it has on a person’s ability to sleep. The study results showed that 75 percent of participants reported that their sleep was more restful when they were exposed to pink noise during the night. More importantly, the study revealed a 23 percent increase of stable sleep among people sleeping at night, and more than 45 percent among those who were merely napping.
How Can You Bring Pink Noise Into Your Bedroom?
It’s simpler than you think. Dr. Zhang recommends using fans that provide a steady stream of uninterrupted sound, or sound makers that imitate the sound of falling rain or wind.
Also, you can download pink noise programs on most mobile phones. They are widely available and good to use, just remember to play them via the mobile phone speakers and not use headphones, which often serve only to disrupt sleep rather than enhancing it.
Other Steps to Improve Sleep
Pink noise can be an effective solution for improving the quality of your sleep. It’s important, though, not to overlook simple things that could be causing other issues that would prevent that help from delivering the benefits you’re hoping for. Consider these tips, too, to help improve your sleep quality and quantity.
- Take a hot shower or bath 30 minutes before going to bed.
- Read for 30 minutes before bed.
- Make the switch to a more comfortable mattress and pillow.
- Eliminate caffeine in the hours leading up to bedtime.
The combination of pink noise with other effective sleep patterns and behaviors should be a huge step in the right direction to help you get the sleep you need night after night.