While most experts agree that sleeping in a quiet, dark room is the best way to get a good night’s sleep, this doesn’t work for everyone.  Some people find that silence doesn’t bring solace and that trying to sleep without any sound only causes insomnia.  For these people, it can be frustrating to find the right type and volume of sound to promote sleep without keeping them awake.

If you find silence disquieting and struggle to get the sleep you need in your soundproof bedroom, take heart.  There is no need to leave the TV on and run the risk of the light messing with your melatonin levels.  There is no need to create a playlist on your iPod that will carry you through 8 hours of sleep.  Instead, invest in one of the many sound machines made specifically for people like you.

To help you choose the right sound machine to meet your needs, here are some of the highest rated options.

Sound Conditioner Sound Screen SleepMate Electro-Mechanical White Noise Machine

Rated at the top of the pile, this sound machine from Marpac enables you to condition your environment to be conducive to sleep.  It creates a consistent stream of white noise and allows both the tone and pitch to be adjusted to suit individual needs.  No batteries are required for this option which runs on regular household current.   At a retail price of $55, this machine gets great reviews for a reasonable price.

HoMedics SS-2000 Sound Spa Relaxation Sound Machine with 6 Nature Sounds, Silver 

With a price tag that is under $20, this sound machine offers the most bang for the buck.  Highly rated by customers, it offers a set of six sounds plucked from nature including ocean, rain, rainforest, waterfall, and heartbeat tracks.  Featuring a variable time limit automatic shutoff and the option to run on batteries or adaptor, this machine gives you more for much less money.

Conair SU1W Sound Therapy, Silver

This model is simple in both design and function, but can’t be beat on price.  Costing just $13, this model has a great customer rating and offers 10 soothing sounds to send you off to sleep.  It runs on batteries or an adaptor.

Ecotones Sound + Sleep Machine, Model ASM1002

This machine has all the bells and whistles and promises to provide the most realistic reproduction of natural sounds available.  In addition to the 10 available sound options, this model also offers adaptive sound technology, which listens to and reacts to the sleeper’s environment.  It provides three different settings to adjust the richness of the sound offering almost unlimited flexibility to meet the needs of every sleeper.   The sleep timer enables automatic shut off.   Highly rated by customers, this full featured model has a matching full featured price tag of $130.

Marpac TSC 330 Travel Sound Conditioner

For sleepers on the go, this model offers the ability to create a sleep inducing environment in any location.  It is small and compact and easily fits into an overnight bag.  It offers a range of white noise sounds including rainfall, waterfall, and the ocean waves.  Weighing in at just over a pound, this machine gives you the functionality of a full size sound machine in a travel size model.  It carries a high customer rating and sells for $70.


About Valley Sleep Center:

Since 2002, Valley Sleep Center, accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, has provided Arizona with diagnostic sleep disorder testing in a home-like atmosphere, ensuring a comfortable, relaxing experience for patients.  Their Board Certified Sleep Medicine Specialists consist of experienced and knowledgeable physicians who provide expert advice across a multitude of sleep related disorders including insomnia, sleep apnea, snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, hypertension, sleepwalking, and pediatric sleep problems.  They accept most insurance plans as well as Medicare.  For more information contact Lauri Leadley at 480-830-3900; https://valleysleepcenter.com.


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