Iowa Sleep Blog

The Sound Machine

Friday, May 24, 2013

So I was climbing out of bed this morning

with a jolt as my Rooster alarm clock went off.  I dismiss my alarm and then secondly I turn off my sound machine.  It is quite humorous to think how addicted I've become to this little white box, I once received at a work Christmas party.  I love it.  I have found that if I crawl into bed, and lay there thinking about numerous items, it immediately dawns on me that I haven't turned on my sound machine.  That little box creates a sound that enables my mind to start to tune in to the delicate (some may believe harsh) noise of static.  This static is the perfect tone and pitch that allows my brain to start the meditation process.  Some individuals find that a fan works best.

Have you ever heard of binaural beats?  I actually had found this online before Dr Oz even had mentioned it.  Binaural beats are two separate tones that alternate, a simple tool in which the brain can focus on and begin the meditation process of falling into a deeper state of relaxation.  So if you are having a hard time quieting your mind, try a sound machine or fan.  If one doesn't work for you try something that has a different tone or pitch.  Some of the sounds on my "sound machine" are quite annoying to me, so find something that works best for you.  Brain still not able to focus?  Get out the pen and paper and try to write everything that your brain is processing and address it the next morning. 

Remember: never lay in bed and toss and turn! 

What works best for you?