Until we can compel our government to properly regulate noise, a little self-help is the only way to get a good night’s rest. Sadly, not everyone is comfortable wearing ear plugs while they sleep. For them, NoisyWorld has come up with a list of ear plug alternatives to help you get through the night.
The people must look for help wherever they can. For those who are willing to part with $250 in return for the promise of a good night’s rest, there are Bose Sleepbuds, noise-masking “wireles sleep-aid earphones.”
A good night’s sleep is important for health and normal daily function.
Humans can’t close our ears, and sound as quiet as 32 to 35 decibels–there is some individual variation in how deeply one sleeps–can disturb sleep, measured by microarousals (brief mini arousals from sleep) on electroencephalography.
But we think the best thing for a good night’s sleep is a comfortable bed and pillow, and quiet.
Dr. Daniel Fink is a leading noise activist based in the Los Angeles area. He serves on the board of the American Tinnitus Association, is the interim chair of Quiet Communities’s Health Advisory Council, and is the founding chair of The Quiet Coalition, an organization of science, health, and legal professionals concerned about the impacts of noise on health, environment, learning, productivity, and quality of life in America.
The Best White Noise Apps & Sites. Lisa Poisso, Techlicious, reviews websites and apps offering pink noise generators for better sleep as well as options to enhance concentration and focus when you are adrift in a sea of noise.
New Study Chimes In: “Yes.” If you have ever spent any time in a hospital, whether as a visitor or especially as a patient, you probably wondered how the patients sleep with the constant din caused by monitors, particularly the alarms. The answer, apparently, is “they can’t.” While some sort of alarm is needed to alert staff when a patient is having a crisis, Anesthesiology News reports that “[t]he overabundance and high volume of hospital alarms can have deleterious effects on patients and providers, impairing clinician performance and possibly compromising patient safety (citation omitted).” The good news? The study’s author found that “clinician performance is maintained with alarms that are softer than background noise.”
Coming soon to a hospital near you: A good night’s rest!
In “The Alarming Truth,”Ilana E. Strauss, The Atlantic, looks at the confusing ubiquity of car alarms. “Car alarms don’t deter criminals, and they’re a public nuisance,” she notes, so “[w]hy are they still so common? Why indeed.
Car alarms “do very little of what they’re intended to do,” says Strauss, adding that ,”[i]f two analyses done in the 1990s still hold, 95 to 99 percent of all car-alarm triggerings are literally false alarms.” And then there are the very real costs. Strauss writes:
Worse, car alarms may be affecting the health of the people around them when they go off. A report from Transportation Alternatives, a bicycle-advocacy organization, estimated that New York’s car alarms lead to about $400 to $500 million per year in “public-health costs, lost productivity, decreased property value, and diminished quality of life.” An estimate from an organization whose stated goal is “to reclaim New York City’s streets from the automobile” should be taken with a grain of salt, but the point still stands that car-alarm sounds are stress-inducing and sleep-interrupting.
As anyone awoken at 4:00 a.m. by a yowling alarm that will not stop knows, once the alarm is finally stopped–usually after a minute that feels like much more–returning to sleep is near impossible. And for what? According the Strauss, the answer is “nothing.” The good news? Very few news cars come with alarms, but some owners still buy them in the after market. Click the link above to read the whole thing.
When the White Noise app first went live in 2008, it went from being one of the first mobile apps to go live in the Apple store to the number one app in the fitness and health category. Eight years later and the White Noise app remains popular and now allows users to upload sounds from around the world. White Noise 7 is ad-supported, so no cost to download.
Dr. Harrison Lin, a researcher at the University of California, Irvine, notes that “the new study as well as a number of previous studies have point to noise exposure as the probable contributor to the issue.” Think that tinnitus is just a little ringing in your ears that will go away? Wrong. The study reported that “[m]ore than 33 per cent of respondents reported almost constant symptoms,” and those symptoms could interfere with “thinking, emotions, hearing, sleep and concentration.”