Saturday, June 21, 2008

White Noise

Twice in one week I heard someone mention white noise. I had no idea what is was until the second person used it in a sentence and I figured it out. I think. Then I looked it up to make sure I was right.

White noise is a random sound or radio signal that can drown out meaningful information. White noise commonly contains every audible frequency at approximately the same intensity, resulting in a 'hissing' sound. A sound, such as running water, which masks all speech sounds.

But what does the white noise sound like? Well, the best description would be to say it sounds like a slow soothing "whoosh." Many say it is the sound of the rain, or the waves gently caressing the shore, or the wind blowing through the trees.

It is a very peaceful sound that is instinctively soothing and calming to the ears and minds of humans of all ages.

During the day when I'm working in close proximity of 7 very busy co-workers I find myself tuning out the noise around me so I can concentrate on what I'm doing. Most of them realize that unless they call my name to get my attention I don't hear a thing. I never thought about it before but I have a small desk fan for those "hot flashes" I suffer with and I keep it on all the time. That must be my white noise at work. Granted, it sounds like a small plane taking off but after a while it's the only thing I hear as I do my work. Until I don't even hear that.

When I go to bed at night, I have to have the ceiling fan above me on, whether summer or winter, because the sound helps me get to sleep. As I lay there right before falling asleep, it gradually drowns out all other noise going on in the house until the only thing I hear is the soft "whoosh" of the fan.

Very interesting. What's your white noise?

10 comments:

JeanP said...

I like the ceiling fan for my "white noise", but when it is cool enough to open the windows, I like the sound of the wind through the trees.

braible said...

I'm easy, rain, surf, ceiling fan, even wind is good for me. Anything that makes the same noise for a long time. I'm a chronic insomniac so any noise that changes keeps my brain focused on it and I can't sleep. I love a good thunderstorm though if I don't want to sleep!!
Becky

Debbie Wallace said...

Hi Jean,

We rarely get wind whipping through the trees unless it's a hurricane, but I know what you mean.

Debbie Wallace said...

A girl after my own heart, Becky! I love the rain storms we've been getting lately.

I've noticed as I get older I don't sleep as good. Have you tried PM tylenol? About once a week, usually on a night I'm off from work the next day, I'll take one and sleep like the dead.

braible said...

Unfortunately, the over the counters don't work for me. I was taking Ambien but was getting that weird sleepwalking you hear about on the news, what a nightmare!! Now I have Lunesta, green butterfly commercial ;), which works much better and has no sleepwalking but leaves an absolutely horrible taste in your mouth all the time. But I feel so much better being able to sleep. I'm just conserving them until I get another job and get insurance, they're so expensive. It's all good! :)

Debbie Wallace said...

My dad was on ambien for a while. Luckily he didn't have any sleep walking side affects but I heard about it on the news. That's scary!I'm glad you're getting some sleep because lack of sleep is a whole other health problem.

braible said...

When I heard it in the news, before I took it, I thought it was hooey. But it's really not! And you're right, lack of sleep has a whole different set of issues. Blech!
:)
Becky

Debbie Wallace said...

I know...my hubby has serious sleep problems. He hasn't been able to sleep in a bed in years, part of the problem. It's affected his health and mood in so many ways.

braible said...

Oh I'm so sorry for him!! It sucks!!!

Debbie Wallace said...

I know. It sucks for both of us!