The White Noise Does Wonders For Your Brain
Do you know what the white noise is and how it is created? Have you heard of any other types of noise? This article will tell you some basic things about these terms and help you understand the actual benefits of this seemingly annoying sound.
What is the white noise?
The white noise sound is the sound you usually hear when you don’t have reception on your television. Is that familiar now? Or, for example, when there’s no signal on your radio. So, basically, this is a sound you would normally try to silence as quickly as possible. But don’t do it! Did you know that many people at this moment actually seek out the best quality white noise? Unbelievable, right? Well, there is a whole industry built around the white noise machines.
The term the ‘white noise’ got its name from the ‘white light’ (all colors combined together). Similarly, the white noise is a combination of all the different frequencies of sound we’re able to hear. So, that is the sound of all the frequencies between 20 and 20,000 HZ.
The sound of rain, wind, waterfalls or oceans is the white sound. So many different tones are created by nature which are similar to the white noise from a television, radio or that which is created in some studio.
There is also the pink noise! It is a deeper variation of white noise with less of a high-pitched hissing.
And what about the brown noise? Well, it sounds even deeper than the pink noise. It is like rushing water of a waterfall. Have you heard that this water noise can make you lose your bowel control? Well, it is actually a myth! There were many experiments made by real scientists showing that there is no ‘one frequency’ that works on all people. Some people could react to the resonance of some specific frequencies, but there is no one noise/sound which could make masses of people run for the toilet at the same time.
What’s the white noise used for?
It helps in better sleeping
The white noise is perfect for light sleepers who are easily kept awake by some external sounds. Listening to white/pink/brown noise at night blocks out these distracting sounds. Those might be the sound of traffic, a television that someone is watching, or something similar.
How does it work? Well, the white noise contains all the audible frequencies and our ears are overloaded with sound while listening to it. So, they are not able to pick out the other sounds that would normally disturb us. You have to bear in mind that the white noise has to be loud enough for this to happen. If not loud enough, it will only help mask other sounds, but not hide them thoroughly.
It relaxes babies to sleep better
Parents know that babies are easily woken up by sudden sounds. However, the white noise help to drown out these sounds and makes babies sleep longer and without constant waking-ups.
After spending much time in the mother’s womb, babies are already accustomed to listening to constant white noise. It is believed that the white noise is similar to the sounds in the mother’s womb.
It helps you concentrate
Try listening to the white/pink/brown noise while reading or writing. You will find it very effective and you’ll become accustomed to the sound. Afterward, as soon as you play it on, you will feel focused.
On the other hand, some studies have shown that constant listening to the white noise can have a negative impact on our performance, stress levels, and memory. Other studies have shown that the concentration of children with attention difficulties, in some situations, becomes higher but also the performance of children who don’t have attention problems becomes lower. Therefore, be careful with the usage of the white noise!
The sources of the best white/pink/brown noise
There are many different sources of the white noise, but probably the easiest way is to just turn the TV to an un-tuned channel, or the radio to a frequency with no signal.
The white noise can be made by your home appliances -washing machine, hair dryer, blender, or similar ones. There are also many CDs/MP3s with high-quality recordings, and of course countless white sound youtube videos.
More in Mental Health
Don’t Believe Everything You Hear! These Myths about Health Insurance are Simply Not True
There are several health insurance myths that you might have heard of, and probably believed too. Some prevalent beliefs are true sometimes,...June 11, 2020
Wondering How To Split Your Training? Here Are A Couple of Ideas To Get You Thinking
If you’ve asked around the gym about everyone’s training style, it wouldn’t be a surprise if most followed the chest day,...June 10, 2020
Health Insurance for Celebrities: How Does it Work?
Any work entails a certain amount of risk. This risk, however, is exponentially high for celebrities whose jobs require them to work long...June 9, 2020
Here’s How You Can Take Good Care of Your Mental Hygiene
You know everything about personal hygiene, right? Washing hands and properly brushing your teeth is a part of personal hygiene. But...June 8, 2020
Is The Blood-Type Diet for You?
There are probably hundreds, if not thousands, of different diets out there today. Deciding on which one to follow isn’t easy....June 5, 2020
Postpartum Fitness – Here’s How and When You Should Get Started
Pregnancy, indeed the best phase of any woman’s life. The sheer thought of bringing a new life into this world, nursing...June 4, 2020
How to Stay Motivated and Be More Productive When Working From Home
Working from home is both a blessing and a curse. Only those who have worked or do work from home will...June 3, 2020
The Most Common Pull-Up Mistakes You Need To Avoid
Pull-ups are a great way to increase the strength of your forearm and your upper body. Through this closed-chain up and...June 2, 2020
Four Questions to Ask Yourself Before Getting a Dental Insurance
Almost everyone has a health insurance plan. While the employer covers most of them, the others are under health insurance plans like...June 1, 2020