It’s 4.30am … and a recurring faint, dull thud has been senselessly driving you to despair as a tormented sleepless night creeps into a torpid morning.
Whether it’s a dripping tap, a partner snoring or the constant grumble of traffic outside, noise as low as 40 decibels can be enough to keep us awake. The reason: as we enter sleep, the brain starts to block the flow of sensory information disturbing us – all apart from sounds.
Strangely, one of the best ways to combat noise at night is with more noise!
A sound conditioner can be used to create a ‘white’ noise that effectively masks the hubbub keeping you awake. You could do a similar job using a fan, an air conditioner or a vacuum cleaner.
Alternatively, wearing ear plugs when you go to bed will also help to stop unwanted noise from disrupting your sleep.