If you're a light sleeper, you know that deep sleep can be a luxury. It's not that you don't sleep — you definitely do, or else you wouldn't be, you know, alive. But the kind of sleep where you wake up feeling like a completely refreshed human being, well those nights are few and far between if there's a lot of excess noise happening in and around your bedroom.
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But there's a solution. If noise is the cause of your restless nights, check out white noise apps. There are lots to choose from, but you'll notice that many of the apps offer different noises. Maybe you prefer just a plain ol' fan sound to fall asleep to, or maybe you fancy yourself the sound of an airplane. Either way, you'll likely be able to find exactly what you need in one of these five apps.
The White Noise app doesn't just have white noise, it also has pink noise, brown noise (low frequency sound masking), along with loads of other sounds. You can create your own soundscape by mixing up to five sounds at once.
Upgrade to get a recorder and generator to create your own sounds, as well as the ability to browse around your phone while the sound still plays. Otherwise, it stops when you click out of the app.
Customize your sleep sounds with the Sleep Machine app. It offers white noise, ambient sounds, music, and tones to help you fall asleep and stay asleep.
The app comes with a sleep timer, an alarm, clock themes for your dock or nightstand, sound mixing, and a huge collection of sounds.
Available for $2.99 for iOS.
If you aren't into the sounds of nature, Chroma Doze generates basic white noise based on an algorithm you can control. You can tweak the sound wave curve to get the exact sound you need to help you sleep.
The app comes with no ads and will run in the background on your phone.
Free for Android.
Set up the perfect fan sound to help ensure you're getting the best sleep possible. The Sleep Fan app has lots of fans to choose from, but also allows you to record your own fan sound.
You can adjust the speed and effect of each fan, personalizing your experience. Just a heads up, the Android version of the app has limited recording capabilities and a limited selection of fans.
The Noisli app is great for helping you relax while working, meditating, or sleeping. You can mix and match the sounds you like and then save your favorite combos to easily gain access to them again.
With its visually pleasing and easy-to-use interface, choose from various environmental sounds or white, pink, or brown noise.