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There are a lot of things you can try to sleep better at night from drinking a nice cup of camomile tea before bed or not using electronic devices at least one hour before sleep. But, when all of that doesn’t work, you might want to think about investing in a sound machine.
What is a Sound Machine and How Does it Work?
Sound machines are small devices you usually plug in next to your bed and leave on your nightstand. They come preloaded with sounds including white noise, rain, ocean and more. It’s said that the pre-programmed music can drown out any outside noise (think traffic, conversation, etc.) which is one of the many culprits of restless nights. A 2016 study from the Journal of Caring Sciences even found that individuals who used a sound machine reported a better night’s sleep than those who didn’t.
If you’re thinking about purchasing a sound machine, you’ll want to think about what sounds are soothing to you and how long it takes you to fall asleep. Aside from having sounds you like, your sound machine should also last pretty long so you’re sure to be in a deep sleep before the sounds stop. Plus, you might want special features like a built-in clock or light.
Below we’ve picked some of the best sound machines out there to help you get a better night’s rest.
1. Pure Enrichment Wave Sleep Therapy Machine
Pure Enrichment’s machine comes with six premium-quality sounds: white noise, fan, ocean, rain, stream, and summer night. The audio runs on a loop with little repetition and no break, so your sleep won’t get disrupted. You’re also able to charge your phone or any other devices with its built-in USB port. The sleek, compact machine can sit easily on your nightstand and runs up to 60 minutes.
2. HoMedics White Noise Sound Machine
Get six different sounds including the classic white noise, thunder, ocean and rain, amongst others. There are three timer options as well, so your machine will automatically turn off once it’s done. Since it can be operated by either an AC adapter or via batteries, it’s also portable, allowing you to take this sound machine with you while you travel. Plus, it’s extremely lightweight, weighing only half a pound.
3. Magicteam Sound Machines
If you’re not sure what sound is going to help get you to sleep, Magicteam’s noise machine gives you the most options with 20 sounds, including white noise, fan, brook, rain, ocean, bird, bonfire, and more. The device has 32 levels of volume and can run up to five hours, making it good not only for sleep, but also if you need something soothing to listen to during the day. It also has a memory function that automatically restores your previous volume, sound, and time.
4. Hatch Restore Sound Machine
We love the chic design of this sound machine, which also functions as an alarm clock and reading light. Keep it by your bedside to start customizing a better sleep routine. The soft-glow of the lamp provides enough illumination for light reading or TV watching from bed; when you’re ready to doze off, choose from a library of soothing sounds — from white noise to nature sound — to help you fall asleep.
Set the sunrise alarm clock to slowly illuminate in the morning, helping you wake up more naturally (mimicking the rising of the sun outside).
Everything can be controlled via an app on your phone or by touching the unit. Tap the top of the machine to active your nightly routine; tap again when you wake up to turn off the alarm.