Friday, January 20, 2017

Brown Noise, White Noise

 I only learned about brown noise a couple of days ago. I've heard of white noise. I thought it was a low level constant background noise like a fan or a water fountain. My mother got everyone in my family addicted to turning on  a fan in the background to help us sleep. She always called it "white noise"

I just learned that there are different colors of noise. There are white, brown, pink, blue, black noises officially recognized by the FCC. There are other informal noises like gray, red, and violet. The sounds are useful in masking distracting sounds and are supposed to help you concentrate and sleep.

I've had trouble sleeping lately so I wanted to try it out. I tried using a brown noise video from YouTube. I slept very deep for an hour and then woke up. Turns out I later found out that the video pauses on the hour mark and that is what woke me up. Too bad because the sound did help me out with my anxiety. I get scared at night and every little noise is amplified 10 times. I always fear that someone will break in or that an animal will burst in and eat me. The brown noise helped me to stay calm. It's a little bit deeper than the white noise. The brown noise sounds sort of like ocean waves so I felt like I was back living in Hawaii. I loved hearing the ocean when I fell asleep when I lived there. The only problem was that I kept having tsunami nightmares. 

Pink noise is a bit lighter sounding. It sounds more like a rain storm. It doesn't help me with sleep but it does oddly help me concentrate like I just walked into a cool shower. I feel more alert. It also sort of sounds like a kettle boiling right before it whistles. So maybe for me, pink noise is good for studying. I don't think I could sleep well. Right now I happen to have tinnitus. My ear has been in pain for a couple of days and the constant ringing has been driving me crazy. The brown noise did not help my ear but listening to the pink noise, I feel relief like the noise is massaging my ear drum. So I guess these noises do help with tinnitus. 

Blue noise is even deeper than the brown noise. It sounds like the end of a midnight rain. For some reason this noise is bothering my hurt ear. It starting to sound like I tore a hole in a huge balloon and it is slowly letting out air. This noise bothers me so I will turn it off now. I don't think this noise will help me sleep. 

I really like green noise. It sounds more like an ocean than the brown noise. It sounds like it is raining on the beach. It is a gray rainy day at the beach, the wind is nice. Sadly, I still hear my tinnitus. Otherwise I find this noise relaxing. 

Finally, I am listening to white noise. It sounds like radio static or like a fan running. I can't hear the ringing in my ear and I think this is a good noise to sleep to because it does mask sounds very well. I can't hear the dish washer running downstairs and I am able to focus. The problem is that it sounds too much like static and that raises my anxiety levels. I watched a movie about ten years ago about psychics using radio static to talk to ghosts. One was a very evil ghost who tried to kill people. I really don't remember the name of the movie, So while the white noise is playing, I am terrified that I will hear in a whisper "Hhhhhhhhheeeeeeeeeeelllp meeeeeeeeeeeeee"! I feel the skin on my neck crawl just thinking about it.

In conclusion, I think a brown noise, or ocean noises are the best for me. I will be calm, my stupid anxiety calm down and I might be able to get some rest. I don't think I can handle white noise at night. I heard they can cause nightmares. White noise contains all frequencies. What if it catches an evil frequency? I think I will stick to a fan or an aquarium! If this tinnitus doesnt improve I might just have to get over my stupid fears. 

Next I want to experiment on my kids to see which sounds work for them. I have a son who has sensory integration dysfunction and mild ADHD so it might be interesting to hear which one he likes. 


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