White noise against noise disturbance
What to do if your neighbours suddenly form a Deathmetal band and produce a single called "Vuvuzelas and jackhammers" while screeching groupies congregate in front of your house ?
At this point, moving isn't a bad idea. On the other hand you could also try white noise. :)
How does it work ?
We all have an internal alarm that works unconsciously, even when we're sleeping. A noise variation (like the sound of a dog barking in the distance) triggers this alarm.
The point of white noise is that it tricks this alarm by masking the noise variations with a different noise, which is constant and less troublesome. If you're in that, here's a little scientific study to confirm the whole works...
Generally, white noise doesn't prevent many people from falling asleep and can even help some of them.
Different types of white noises
"White noise" is a generic term. Different types of sound exist to help you cover troublesome noises:
- Natural sounds: rain, waves, crickets, fireplace...
- Machine sounds : air conditioning, fans, washing machines...
The best white noise generators
Falling asleep thanks to white noises without going bankrupt isn't that hard
- Noisli is an instant online white noise generator: fireplace, trains, wind gusts, fans, busy coffee shops... Noisli lets you choose to combine sounds you like to create your ideal environnement that you can save and send to your friends after creating an account.
- Youtube has a plethora of white noise videos. they often last multiple hours, for example this video of a water stream in Ireland filmed for 8 hours.