Do you ever have trouble sleeping at night or staying relaxed during the day? Light and troubled sleepers, take heart! White noise might be the answer to your problems, as it is a proven way to relax your mind and help you to focus more on your daily tasks as well as fall into a deep sleep at night.
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However helpful it might be, I’m sure you’re wondering what on earth “white noise” sounds like. This term is in no way descriptive enough for you to figure it out without actually hearing it yourself or getting a good explanation. Luckily for you, we are here to answer this question for you about what white noise sounds like.
How is White Noise Created?
First off, you can make white noise in two different ways. You can play recording or randomly generated audio tracks on an electronic machine or use a mechanical device that creates the noise physically with a small fan inside a cylindrical device.
The type of white noise machine you have can make a big difference on what you hear. Organic or natural white noise is made from a mechanical device rather than an electronic device, hence the term “natural”. You will almost always end up with a whooshing fan-type noise similar to this:
Electronic white noise machines can have a variety of sounds. As long as the sound is consistent unobtrusive it can work as a comfortable white noise. Many people use recorded rain sounds or other natural sounds. Here are a few examples of electronic white noise:
What are the Types of White Noise?
As I just mentioned above, white noise can come in a lot of different types. Traditionally white noise is just a whooshing or rushing wind type of sound that can be tuned to the right frequency for your preference, whether you like higher pitched noises or lower pitched noises.
Electronic white noises have a lot more customization options than organic white noise. Most mechanical white noise machines will let you adjust the tone and volume by twisting the device to open up different sound holes, but there is a limit to what you can do. The best electronic white noise machines have a lot of ways in which you can modify the sound you’re hearing to help you relax perfectly.
What Are Pink and Brown Noises?
White noise technically refers to a certain range of sounds in a particular pitch and tone, although it’s the one term that’s also used to cover all the different relaxing noises you can listen to. Other than white noise, there are actually other colors associated with relaxing noise, such as pink or brown noise.
Here is a bit about each of these different colored noises to help you learn the differences and which variation might work best for your situation:
Just as white light is composed of many different colors, white noise is home to random frequencies along the entire spectrum of sound. This makes it the most effective for most sound therapy, as you’ll be able to see the benefits in almost any area you’re interested in.
- Best for masking intrusive sounds around you
- Great for sleeping
- Can help improve concentration
Unlike white noise, pink noise does not feature all the frequencies equally and focuses instead on lower frequencies. While the entire spectrum of sound is represented still, the sound created is generally deeper and sounds more rich and less high-pitched than white noise.
- Great for focus
- Might help relieve some headaches
- Ideal of babies and young children to
- Good for those who like lower frequencies for sleeping
An example of pink noise:
Despite also having a color name, Brown noise is named after Robert Brown, the man who discovered the Brownian motion to generate brown noise. This is a deeper and more “buzzy” sound than the other types of noises, but many people find it very relaxing. Brown noise is deeper than pink noise, and plays in a less ‘whooshing” way.
- Prefect for relaxation
- Focus and concentrate better
- Improve your sleep
- Retain more of what you’re reading
An example of brown noise:
Finding the Right Type of White Noise for You
Sometimes it can take time and some trial and error to figure out which types of white noise will work best for what you want. If traditional white noise doesn’t seem to cut it, trying out pink or brown noise might be a great option as these noises can also have very positive effects for you.
If you get a white noise machine that can be adjusted, play with the dials, buttons, switches, or noise tracks to see what you can change about the sound. Play around with it and try out a few different sounds. If they aren’t working for you, change them again until you find one that’s perfect.
White noise is usually a trial and error process for people because there’s no way to guarantee that everyone will like the same noise and respond well to it. You might prefer organic white noise while I like artificial pink noises, and so on. The important thing is to discover what you like and stick with that.
This handy online tool can help you to check out sound frequencies and figure out what you like before you make any purchases: http://mynoise.net/NoiseMachines/whiteNoiseGenerator.php
Go and Get Your Sleep On
White noise comes in a lot of different forms, so while it’s impossible to say exactly what it sounds like you can rest assured that it will be a consistent, non-invasive noise that will help you to relax. Because the purpose of white noise is to mask other obnoxious sounds, it is made to blend into the background rather than disturbing you!
Try out white, pink, and brown noises to see what kind of white noise machine you might benefit from.
What’s your favorite type of white noise? How does it help you to relax? Let me know in the comments below!