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View Poll Results: Do You Prefer Background Noise To Sleep Or Total Silence
Prefer Some Kind Of Noise To Sleep 84 80.77%
Prefer Total Silence To Sleep 20 19.23%
Voters: 104. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 10-05-2008, 08:06 PM
 
Location: In The Outland
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I need dead quiet to get any sleep at all, except when I'm camping and the cool air on the face along with the night critters and crickets don't bother me at all. I especially don't mind the sound of the creek next to the camp. At home though it's got to be dead quiet. Unfortunately my wife has a breathing machine so I am lucky to get 3 hours per night. No wonder I make no sense whatsoever on my posts !
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Old 10-05-2008, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Orlando, Florida
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I would prefer complete silence, but it is hard to come by if you have to live in the city. I use one of those air filter machines to drown out any outside noise.
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Old 10-07-2008, 03:28 PM
 
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I like a fan...

I think as animals we were meant to live by water and sleep high where the wind blows.


I lived by the ocean for awhile. I never slept better in my life.
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Old 10-07-2008, 05:06 PM
 
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I think as animals we were meant to live by water and sleep high where the wind blows.
LOL....That must be your Paleo Genes speaking .


I have to say it's really helped in pointing the fan slightly away as i still hear the fan and barely feel the wind .
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Old 10-07-2008, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Branson, Missouri
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I also like the noise of a fan, because my husband snores and it drowns that out somewhat
Ditto but it's been getting too cold here for a fan so I listen to 'massage therapy' music. It doesn't drown out the snoring as good as a fan but it's soothing.
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Old 10-08-2008, 11:32 PM
 
Location: In The Outland
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I used to live on a boat and the rocking, the water slapping the hull and the ticking sound of small sea critters nibbling on the bottom made it easy to drift off. However when a scary storm was raging it was hard to sleep thinking you may drag anchor and wreck someone else's boat or run aground.
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Old 10-11-2008, 06:48 AM
 
Location: NJ
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I'm curious as to how many on here need ''White Noise'' to sleep as i admit i need some form of soft noise to sleep as the Super Quiet bothers me as i hear every creak and sound like the clock ticking etc.. Ideally if i slept on a hammock with the wind blowing on me and hearing the wind gently blow would easily put me to sleep.

So over the years i always slept with the fan on me as the air feels good and the noise puts me to sleep but now it's getting too cold to use the fan as infact last night i woke up at 2.30 a.m. sleeping on top of my numb arm as i was freezing. Sometimes World or Celtic Music works but i still prefer to hear the hum of the fan.

I wonder if it's natural or not to need to hear some form of noise to fall asleep so are there others on here beside me who need some sort of noise to sleep or do you prefer total silence instead to sleep??

I would suggest you investigate "Hemi sync" It is a series of cds that include white noise in the music to help balance the two hemispheres of your brain. I've tried it and it's relaxing. I bet they have some on EBAY. My husband really says they have helped him.
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Old 10-11-2008, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Broward County
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I HAVE to sleep with a sleep machine that produces a whirling type of sound like a fan.
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Old 10-11-2008, 03:44 PM
 
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I have slept with a fan on at night since in my teens (I am now 55). I like the feel of the air but mostly the noise. It helps block out all the tiny noises around you and helps me to sleep better.
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Old 10-11-2008, 09:01 PM
 
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I cannot sleep a wink without some type of white noise: portable fan, air purifier, etc. I've tried falling asleep with silence but it's impossible for me. I also have never fallen asleep on a plane or in a car; I can't fall asleep unless I'm horizontal. I wish I weren't so sleep-sensitive because it's a pain in the a$$.
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