Sealy Deeper Sleeper challenge two: white noise

A smartphone running an app next to a pair of headphones.

For my second challenge as part of Sealy’s Deeper Sleeper Panel, I was asked to try a white noise app to see whether it has any impact on my sleep. With over 46,500 downloads and 29,000 five-star reviews, White Noise Free looked to be a strong ally in my quest for better sleep.

Unfortunately for the app, there was already a pretty big confounding variable that didn’t give it much of a chance. As we only have a two-bedroom house, Amelie is still sharing our room and she has her own white noise companion, Whisbear. As his name suggests, he’s a teddy bear who calms her to sleep by playing a continuous shushing noise. He works brilliantly for her and I won’t hear a word against him as a result. Even though he delays me from getting to sleep!

The same was true of White Noise Free. As well as a similar white noise to that of Amelie’s cuddly companion, there are plenty of other relaxing sounds. These include rainforest creatures, crashing waves and a camp fire. I hoped that these would have the desired effect but kept found myself listening intently to them. I was pretty sure I could hear where the sounds looped on occasion too.

The additional problem was keeping the sound to myself so as not to disturb Kate or Amelie. Sealy kindly supplied some headphones for the challenge. Unfortunately, I was worried about falling asleep with them on and this also contributed to keeping my awake.

As the saying goes, a bad workman blames his tools so it would be churlish to say that the app and headphones were the reason that this wasn’t a successful experiment for me. Looking at the overwhelming number of people the app has helped, it’s clear that it has made a very positive difference to the vast majority. Similarly, the headphones are the most comfortable I’ve worn, so I have no gripe with them either.

The problem is clearly me and my twin tendencies of tuning in to sounds and fretting about things! White noise just doesn’t work for me in the same way that silence does, but it was definitely worth trying.

I’m looking forward to my next Deeper Sleeper challenge. In the meantime, find out how I fared with my my first.

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