Throughout my childhood, my mom told me to turn the volume down. Sound advice, so to speak.
Nevertheless, I still revel in turning up the volume as high as I want. Despite this, my hearing seems to be relatively unharmed. In fact, I often ask Tim to turn the volume down a couple of notches. But when I go to bed, there’s no one to remind him of volume control. So, the other night, I could hear RAW like I was in the same room.
I was baffled as to why it was so clear now, when I usually couldn’t hear it. What had changed?
Turns out, it was the weather. Now that it’s been dipping into the 30s and 40s at night, we’ve turned off the box fan in our room.
Sure enough, as soon as I fired the thing up (on low, snuggling deeper into the blankets) the program was inaudible. Pretty impressive for something we got for $5 at a garage sale.
It seemed like an especially timely revelation, since Black Friday sales inevitably feature some soothing sound machine gadgets for a mere $50-80. And regular prices are usually $100+. All for a little peace and quiet.
So, okay, a box fan won’t create the sounds of the ocean or whatever sound lulls some people to sleep. But at least once a year, you can find box fans on sale for $10. For one-tenth the price, I’ll happily forgo the sound of waves crashing on a beach. It strikes me as kind of distracting anyway.
Does anyone out there use a sound machine to fall asleep? Or some frugal hack?