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White noise machines are also great for your home or for creating privacy in your office.
My wife used to work as a Family Therapist. Their offices were not soundproof, but privacy and confidentiality were extremely important. They used white noise machines to create this privacy.
I have a friend who could not sleep through her husband's snoring. It was becoming a stressful issue for them. They learned about white noise machines and got one. It did trick. Now she can sleep and their marriage is much better because of it.
We have an additional white noise sound machine at home. My travel one is so important to me that I never unpack it or use it at home. I would hate to leave it home and lose sleep protection it provides during my trips.
When you first get a white noise machine, you have to train yourself to use it. That basically entails gradually increasing its volume each night. It takes about a week to get used to sleeping at maximum volume. You'll be surprised how you won't even notice it then.
Some white noise machines make "nature sounds" like frogs, birds, or whales. You can even buy recordings of nature sounds to play to help you fall asleep.
While listening to Shamu, killer whale, may be relaxing for some people, I don't think they make very effective white noise.
The problem is that nature sounds are irregular. To be most effective, white noise should be steady and constant. Tatt's what your brain is best at adjusting to and tuning out. Irregular sounds, although nice to listen to just don't work as well.
The other weakness of this type is that they often can't be turned up loud enough to mask sleep disturbing sounds. I guess that's because at greater volume Shamu, killer whale, sounds frightening rather than relaxing.
I'm familiar with several white noise machines. There is one that I think is superior to rest.
To learn which one it is and why, please visit: http://www.pilot-pauls-travel-accessories.com/white-noise-machine.html
Pilot Paul is a captain at a major U.S. airline. He also hosts http://www.Pilot-Pauls-Travel-Accessories.com where an airline captain helps you with your travel needs.
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