You’ve heard about the benefits of white noise and now you want to try it for yourself. The question is, do you know how to make white noise? There are many ways to create white noise in any environment, depending on your budget, what you have in your home already, how much time you have, and what kind of sound you want to hear.
What you’ll end up with is a white noise sound to help you sleep at night, keep you focused during the day, and allow you to relax in any environment. It can be very hard to fall asleep without white noise, especially if you suffer from tinnitus, insomnia, sleep apnea, or any other condition that affects your normal sleeping habits. Lots of individuals and families can benefit from white noise, maybe you are one of them too. There’s only one way to find out; keep on reading!
What is White Noise?
White noise is a consistent and even noise containing all frequencies of sound audible to human ears. Imagine a band where there are hundreds of members, each playing a slightly different note at the same volume as each other. This is an imperfect metaphor, because that would probably sound terrible in reality, but it can give you a basic idea about what white noise is.
Some white noise has certain frequencies amped up a bit more than others, particularly the lower pitch bass notes, as these are generally considered to be more relaxing to listen to than high pitched noises. It can be referred to as pink or brown noise depending on how much bass there is and how to sound is generated.
White noise helps to relax your mind and mask other sounds in the area. Since white noise has at least a small amount of sound in all frequencies, any other sound in your environment will sound quieter and won’t interrupt your sleep as it might have before. Your brain will also be less restless, as there will be something to listen to that will keep it engaged enough without being distracted.
Read a bit more in depth about white noise here.
What You Need to Create White Noise
So, with this knowledge of white noise, how can you now make white noise to help you sleep? Actually, there are a ton of ways to do this. Here are a few suggestions for you:
Buy a white noise machine for sleeping
There is a plethora of options when it comes to white noise machines that make the noise for you. Get an electronic device or a natural white noise machine to create the sounds for you. It’s simple, stress-free, and you’ll get a lot of options to choose from that are already pre-programmed and set for you. This is a great option if you want some simple to use and set to be pleasant already.
You can find here: Guides to choose the Best Sleep Sound Machine
Use an online white noise generator
Many online sites offer you white noise generation for free. A quick Google search will reveal a lot of these sites for you.
Play a pre-recorded white noise video or audio clip
Just like you can find noise generators online, you can also play pre-recorded looped sounds that might be as long as 10 hours or more to get you through the night.
Get a white noise app for your phone or tablet
The need for white noise solutions for travelers has led to free or cheap apps being made to play white noise for you from your phone or tablet.
Use a household item that makes white noise
Many items around your house actually make white noise. Maybe you didn’t know it, but normal fans, air conditioners, and other such items can actually act as white noise for you to enjoy sleeping to.
Make your own white noise maker at home
Check out a few tutorials online about making your own white noise maker at home with some simple items you probably have sitting around already.
Choose whichever methods seems right for you and experiment with it! The most important thing is finding a white noise sound that soothes you and makes you feel relaxed, rather than creating an annoying sound which will distract you and stress out your mind.
How to Make White Noise Using Different Methods
Now that you’re aware of the methods of making white noise, here are some handy guides about how to implement each method most effectively. Read through these short guides to get a better idea about which type of white noise you’ll find easier to make.
White Noise Machine
This is easily the simplest method of generating white noise. Manufacturers have already made a huge variety of effective white noise machines. There are so many reviews online, differently priced machines, and a host of sounds to choose from. No matter what you’re looking for, you’re likely to find a white noise machine made to suit your needs.
You can buy an organic (also known as natural or pure) white noise machine that makes the noise with a small fan underneath an acoustic chamber with small holes on the side, or you can get an electric white noise generator which produces sounds from a speaker by playing pre-recorded sounds or generating its own sounds.
Online White Noise Generator
White noise generators online are a good option if you have a nice set of speakers to plug into your computer. You can also use headphones if you’re able to sleep comfortably with these in your ears. Online noise generators give you a high level of control over the sound you’re hearing and let you choose from a lot of different options.
Here are a few good sites to visit for white noise generation:
Pre-Recorded White Noise Audio/Video
Similar to white noise generators online, you can find video and audio clips online to help you get your white noise fix. Most of these are sound clips looped together to play for long hours. Some last as long as 10 – 12 hours or as short as 1 – 3 hours. You’ll find a huge variety of pre-recorded clips, and chances are good that at least one will fit your preferences well.
The problem with this method again is that you need a good enough set of speakers or headphones to make the sound work for you. If it’s too quiet, you won’t get the masking effects that white noise should have. If the sound quality isn’t good enough, you might as well not play it because it will just irritate you instead of relaxing you.
Here’s a page of white noise videos from YouTube to get you started:
White Noise App
Anyone who travels a lot or likes to use their tech gear to solve their problems will be happy to hear that there are many different white noise apps for phones and tablets. A lot of these apps are free, but some of the paid versions have more options for you to set up exactly what you want from the app.
Apps usually let you adjust a lot of what you’re hearing. This can include changing up some of the frequencies included in your white noise and what kind of sound you’re hearing. White noise doesn’t only sound like static, so choose an app that gives you the options you need to help you sleep or relax.
This is a good list of some of the more popular white noise apps available for Android and Apple:
Did you know that a good number of items you already have in your home produce something very similar to white noise? One of the clear favorites in this list is a fan. You can use a small box fan, a standing fan, or other types. If you don’t want the airflow, point the fan away from you, downwards, or upwards. During the summer you might enjoy the airflow in your room.
Other sources of white noise include air conditioners, ceiling fans, air purifiers, humidifiers, low volume TV or radio, and small fountains. As you can see, most of these items involve wine flowing through something to make a sound.
Create Your Own White Noise Machine
You can actually create your own white noise machine from a few household items. Here’s an interesting tutorial to help you do this on your own if you want to try it out:
Why This Guide Should Matter to You
Want better sleep? Give white noise a chance and just see how well it will soothe you to sleep and help you stay snoozing for longer. There’s something for everyone here, you just have to find which method works best for you. You might be surprised how amazing you feel after that first night of finally getting good, quality rest!
Do you think this white noise making guide was useful? If you enjoyed it, or if you have some tips to share about how you made white noise at home, feel free to share in the comments below!