FYI, "Pink Noise" Can Help You Fall Asleep Faster
You've researched the best time to get in bed, what to eat for a good night's kip, and even the ideal sleep conditions according to science, but still, you can't drop off. So, what gives? As much as we know about sleep (a lot—just ask the experts), a foolproof set of directions to the Land of Nod continues to evade us. This is largely because the issues that prevent quality sleep can vary from one exhausted insomniac to the next. Which is why, if you aren't getting your eight hours, it's important to test out various remedies.
According to PureWow, the newest sleep fix on the block is called pink noise. Not to be mistaken with white noise (a combination of sounds with equal intensities believed to help mask ambient noise), pink noise is "a balanced, steady mix of high and low frequencies". (It gets its name because light of the same frequency appears pink.) More pleasant to listen to than the drone of a white noise machine, pink noise is more about sounds like rain and rustling leaves. It's thought to be more relaxing to the brain, and thus, an effective sleep hack. For proof, a study recently published in Frontiers in Neuroscience followed 13 elderly adults over two nights and found that their "deep sleep patterns increased when pink noise was played intermittently throughout the night". Promising right? To get amongst you only need go as far as YouTube, which is packed with free pink noise videos.
Ready to nod off? Don't forget your anti-ageing Slip Sleep Mask ($45).