Insomnia is an amazing epidemic. About 60 million Americans suffer from insomnia—although 50 percent often have symptoms—and its effects are widespread. Insomnia has been linked to depression, overdoses and traffic accidents.
While there is no cure for this condition, a smart device can help you sleep more every night. You can sleep better by making a few simple changes to your home.
White noise generators
Hearing is different from hearing. That’s why you can get used to traffic noise, but the barking of a dog keeps you on high alert. You can «disconnect» from one, but be disturbed by another. Seth Horowitz writes in The Universal Sense: How Hearing Shapes the Mind:
“There is no such thing as silence. We are constantly immersed in sound and vibration, and we are affected… And the reasons why constant sounds don’t drive us crazy are the same reasons we get distracted by radio broadcasts and can’t read when the TV is on: we are well choosing what we hear.
This is where white noise comes in. This is a constant frequency that acts as background noise. Your brain is used to it and mixes other sounds with the tone you are already used to.
SNOOZ White Noise Machine
The SNOOZ White Noise Sound Machine is a fan rig, but don’t worry, you can still use it in winter as it doesn’t generate cold air. Its timer and variable tones let you customize SNOOZ for adults, kids, and pets. Control it remotely through the included app.
This includes a timer and «Children’s Calibration» perfect for protecting children and toddlers from excessive noise.
It looks like an Echo Dot or Google Nest Mini, so it’s light and compact. Once you get used to white noise, you can take it with you wherever you go.
Every moment matters white noise machine
The White Noise Machine of every moment count produces white noise, but is also a natural sound generator. This is ideal if you are not interested in listening to something that sounds artificial.
This device can generate 38 sounds, including birdsong, train on train, pink noise (deeper resonance than white noise), waves, clocks and lullabies. Some, like a heartbeat or a dog barking, are unnecessary or disturbing. The dripping water function can force you to use the toilet. But it nonetheless offers an amazing range and personalization.
Have you ever heard anyone say that you will get a good night’s sleep after a long walk in the countryside? Natalia Dautovich, PhD, National Sleep Foundation, explains:
“Exercise certainly helps, but fresh air is an important factor. Cooler temperatures can lead to fatigue, and fresh air simulates a cooler environment… [T] there are many positive associations here between fresh air and relaxation, and when we feel relaxed and comfortable in our environment, we are more likely to feel sleepy.”
You can also fall prey to allergies, especially if you suffer from stuffiness during the night. Your breathing can be affected by dust particles, pollen, and mold, which can prevent you from relaxing in the evening.
Large room air purifier AeraMax 300
The AeraMax 300 Large Room Air Purifier uses a High Efficiency Particulate Filter (HEPA) to remove allergens, dust mites and mold spores.
It also comes with a heavy duty to filter germs in flu seasons and pollen in the spring. This makes it ideal for those with breathing problems, as confirmed by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
The small LONOVE dehumidifier is great for small bedrooms, bathrooms or basements.
By keeping the air humidity below 50 percent, it reduces the chance of mold, creating a healthier sleeping environment.
Yes, it’s tiny, but that makes it easy to carry and quiet. Unlike some dehumidifiers, it emits less than 30 dB, so it can be used in children’s bedrooms. You can even put one in your wardrobe and it will gradually eliminate the musty smell and slowly dry your clothes.