first_img 26 Share your voice Tags Commentscenter_img If you need the whir of a fan to fall asleep, you’re not alone. Many people use white noise-like sounds to drown out unwanted noises. Emily Keegin/Getty Images If you’ve used a fan, air conditioner or even the sound of clothes tumbling in a dryer to help you fall asleep, you’re far from alone. Many people need a comforting, familiar and consistent sound to doze off at night.That’s because it’s typically not sound itself that wakes us up or keeps us from falling asleep in the first place. Rather, it’s the harsh changes in sound that wake us up — think a slamming door, a barking dog, a crack of lightning.That’s where sleep sounds come in. By filling our bedrooms with a constant sound, we can muffle those outside sounds and create a more soothing environment.However, the sounds we typically associate with white noise, such as the whirl of a fan or static on TV, often are not white noise at all. You may in fact be listening to something closer to pink noise, blue noise or brown noise.colors-of-noiseAll the different “colors” of noise resonate with different amplitudes at different frequencies. They can all help you sleep, but it’s worth experimenting with the different sounds. Wikipedia What’s a sound wave, anyway?OK, let’s dig in to a bit of science. You can deconstruct sound waves into two components:Frequency, which refers to how quickly the wave vibrates per second and is measured in Hertz units (distant memories of high school science coming back yet?). One Hertz means one vibration per second.Amplitude, also called power, which refers to the size of the waves. This is usually measured in decibels, a measure of the volume or intensity of sound.All the different colors of sound vibrate at different frequencies, and their names are loosely analogous to the colors of light. For example, white noise emits all of the frequencies audible to human ears, just like white light contains all of the colors of light visible to the human eye.Don’t confuse the colors of sound with ambient noise, which refers to the background noise present in any given setting; for instance, the rumble of a train mixed with passenger chatter, or the rustle of leaves in the wind mixed with the chirping of birds.The colors of sound are continuous, unchanging signals at a particular frequency and amplitude.This article goes over four colors of sound commonly used for sleep, what they sound like and how to try them out.marpac-dohm-classic-white-noiseThe self-proclaimed original white noise machine, Marpac has manufactured versions of its Dohm Classic since 1962. Marpac White noiseThe legacy of sleep sounds, white noise has lulled people to sleep for ages. Because white noise encompasses all of the frequencies any person can possibly hear (about 20 Hertz to 20 thousand Hertz), it holds the potential to block out any outside sound.The consistency of white noise creates a tried-and-true masking effect, which can help people fall asleep faster. White noise sounds like the static you hear when you accidentally tune cable TV to an unused channel.Try it: Because it’s the most popular of all the colors, virtually every sleep sound app includes it. You can also find tons of products that use white noise, such as this Marpac white noise machine with more than 10,000 five-star reviews.Pink noisePink noise has recently become the darling of all the sleep sounds, presumably due to the fact that recent research has shown pink noise to increase time spent in deep sleep and improve memory. Pink noise is a mix of high and low frequencies, like the sound of failing rain or gentle ocean waves, making it soft and calming. It also has more power in the lower frequency bands than white noise does, and those strong bass tones make it sound less harsh to the human ear.Because it comprises both high and low frequencies, it also has sound blocking benefits that can help to drown out distracting noises that keep you from falling asleep. For example, if you live in an apartment complex where people come and go all night, pink noise may help you drown out the sounds of revving engines or footsteps.Try it: Check out Honeywell’s DreamWeaver Sleep Fan, a small bedside fan that emits pink noise along with the oscillation and cooling of a Dreamweaver is a new product from Honeywell that combines an oscillating fan and pink noise for ultimate snoozing. Honeywell Brown noiseThink of brown noise like a deeper version of pink noise, with even more bass tones and low-frequency concentrated energy. It sounds dampened compared to white noise, but somehow stronger, comparable to hard ocean surf during a storm or the rumble of a brass instrument humming a low note.Unlike the other sounds, brown noise isn’t named after the actual color brown. Instead, brown noise gets its name from its similarity to the Brownian motion, the random and speedy movement of particles in liquid.Try it: The LectroFan Classic has 10 variations of noise, encompassing white, pink and brown. You can also find brown noise on most sleep sound apps. lectrofan-classicLectrofan makes a small bedside noise machine that emits a variety of different “colors” to help you sleep. Lectrofan Blue noiseThe energy of blue noise is mostly concentrated at the high-frequency end, with very few deep tones to balance it out. As such, blue noise sounds similar to the hiss of a kinked water hose. If you’re not sensitive to high-pitched sounds, blue noise does a great job of heavily masking outside noises.It’s harsh at loud volumes, but audio engineers often use blue noise for dithering, a process where they intentionally add noise to a production, such as a song remix, in order to smooth out the sound.Try it: Because blue noise is harsher than the other colors, not many manufacturers include it in basic sleep sound machines. If you really like blue noise, you’ll probably have to fork out more change for a higher-end device that allows you to mix and customize sounds at different frequencies, like the Sound Oasis S-5000 Deluxe Sleep Sound Therapy System. There is, however, an Android app that claims to be the only app dedicated to just blue noise and White Noise for iOS has a blue noise track.Which color of noise is best for sleep?The truth is, we don’t know. No one knows for sure, because no scientists have conducted research that explicitly compares different colors of sound in a controlled setting. To find out which type of noise helps you sleep best, test them all out with an app.I like White Noise Lite for iOS. I’ve had the lite version on my phone for years, using it whenever I need a little assistance dozing off. It has all the different colors of sound explained in this article, plus some other familiar sounds, such as air conditioner, oscillating fan, light rainfall and thunderstorm. You can even mix tracks to create the perfect sleep sound cocktail for you.Once you find a sound you like and that has consistently helped you fall asleep, consider purchasing a sleep sound machine, such as the LectroFan High Fidelity White Noise Machine, which has 20 sounds to choose from. Machines often offer higher definition sound and can reach louder volumes than a phone can. Sleeplast_img read more

first_imgChitransh JainPR HandoutChitransh Jain, a CA Drop out, is turning tables as a digital entrepreneur by providing a platform called ‘Singing Sensations’ to the unheard talents.It was the passion in Chitransh Jain which drove him to drop out of Oxford Brookes University and create a platform for the unheard, budding ‘Singing Sensations’ as he puts it!Chitransh Jain, the 24 years old founder of the leading music portal ‘Singing Sensations’ shares his roots from the land of Rajasthan. His expertise in digital marketing has helped many singers, actors and youtubers like Ashish Chanchlani, Varun Pruthi, Monali Thakur, Isha Koppikar, Gajendra Verma, to name a few.From the trails of his endeavor so far, he firmly believes that the need of the hour is to provide the budding talents in the nation, the fame that it rightly deserves and it is through his platform singing sensations; and his prospects with brands like Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, he feels all his efforts are totally worth it, if an unheard talent gets a platform.Chitransh Jain says, “No matter if today your singing voice is hidden from the real world, but tomorrow it can be published and bring it to the notice of millions. It is a well-known fact that India is full of young and talented singers with quite mesmerizing melodious voices.”Chitransh Jain adds,” But they require the right professional guidance and direction that can perfectly shape their singing talent, and also right platform to channelize their latent talents to the best across the globe.”Through Singing Sensations which is a Digital Platform for Media, Distribution and Talent Management has got the back of every artist who has the talent and grit but is still unheard, it promises to showcase an independent content all across the masses or as he quotes “every unheard talent is just a click away from becoming the ‘singing sensation!’last_img read more