Last week, I was starting to lose it big time. I hadn’t had a good night’s sleep in the better part of a week. It’s a combination of tile floors, hollow doors, the repeated in-and-out of Tim’s mom as she takes her walks and, most importantly, heightened sound sensitivity from PTSD.
Point being, something as small as a sliding glass door opening and shutting has been known to wake me up.
Just when I was starting to despair of ever sleeping again, Tim mentioned getting a white noise machine. I made a face and said the ones I’d seen were all pretty pricey.
Not that I’m unwilling to spend on a good rest, but what with the $3,000 tax bill sitting on our credit card and the $700 in demolition work we’re looking at… Well, I’m a little extra gun shy.
That’s when my brilliant, brilliant husband announced that there are, in fact, white noise apps.
For $2.99, we now have something called Sleep Pillow. It comes with a variety of sounds — from the rushing of traffic to winds over the plains to storms to rain to babbling brooks (which I don’t use because, frankly, I already get up enough times in the middle of the night to pee).
We set up the iCube in the bedroom, cranked up the sucker and voila, the vast majority of outside noises are drowned out.
Now Tim can even have the TV up above 10 when I go to bed. By the way, that’s 10 out of a possible 60 — and I could still hear the thing. It just didn’t actively keep me awake.
In the past, I’ve mentioned that box fans are also excellent white noise machines. — and they’re have the added benefit of being dual purpose. Especially in Arizona.
For most people, those will be enough. Heck, most people can probably sleep through basic, everyday noise.
But if you’re sensitive to sound and a box fan just isn’t cutting it (or you’re, say, in the middle of winter), I really must recommend a visit to the app store.
And, yes, I know not everyone has an iPod, smartphone or tablet. But if you have a laptop, you can shop iTunes on there.
And if you don’t have a laptop either… Maybe buy TWO box fans.