We probably don’t need to tell you that too many New Zealanders are scraping by on far too little sleep.
Survey after survey shows that most adults are either staying up too late — cutting into their valuable sleep time — or unable to fall asleep and stay asleep.
The end result, of course, is a nation of people who feel tired, groggy and just not up to their full potential; not to mention, lack of sleep is linked to serious diseases like diabetes, cancer, depression, immune system trouble and even weight gain and obesity. You may be interested to know, then, that there’s a simple solution that might make the sleep you do get far more restful, and better sleep quality translates into a more energized you.
Even more interesting, this solution is a noise, one that actually improves sleep, rather than interferes with it. (And no, it’s not white noise … )
White noise, or the combination of different sound frequencies, is widely known. Far less talked about is pink noise, which is “steady” noise that has a consistent frequency, like rain hitting pavement or the sound of wind rustling tree branches. It appears that the steady, soothing sound of pink noise helps slow down and regulate your brainwaves so you get more restful sleep, and a new study recently revealed this to be the case. (1)
When 50 people were exposed to either pink noise or no noise during naps and nighttime sleep, 75 percent said they had a more restful night’s sleep when they listened to pink noise. Further, “stable sleep,” which is the kind that makes you feel the most rested, increased 23 percent when nighttime sleepers were exposed to pink noise and more than 45 percent among nappers. (2) Researchers concluded:
“This study demonstrates that steady pink noise has significant effect on reducing brain wave complexity and inducing more stable sleep time to improve sleep quality of individuals.” (3)
Research conducted over a decade ago also found that people exposed to steady pink noise tended to fall asleep faster and easier. (4)
It’s simple, really. Turn on a fan, or purchase a noisemaker that produces a steady stream of sound, either artificially produced or mimicking falling rain, surf on a beach or wind. You can also find pink noise CDs and downloads available for your computer or cell phone, which you can play at bedtime. To get an idea of what pink noise sounds like, whereas white noise sounds more like static from a TV set, pink noise has a mellower sound, like a waterfall.
Adding pink noise to your bedroom is one of the easiest ways to block out background distractions while at the same time encouraging your brainwaves to slow down for restful sleep. If you still need extra help getting the rest you need, try adding in SLEEP Fx, which is a natural sleep formula, “mother-nature approved,” with seven of the most powerful natural ingredients to promote healthful sleep.