There’s an app for that

I know that last week I said that you should absolutely under no circumstances have ipads, laptops, or any sort of gadget in your room at night. Well, this week I’m sharing a bit of a loophole and contradiction to that.

I know…the horror.

I promise though, it has its benefits.

As of late I’ve been sleeping pretty poorly, namely to my overactive brain. As exhausted as I am, just as I’m trying to fall asleep, something pops in my head that wakes me back up again. My bed is oh-so-comfy, my room is cool, quiet and free of distractions, except for this one teeny thing, which has actually been my saving grace.

It’s called, (gulp,) my ipad.

I’ve always loved the sound of rushing water, be it rain, waterfalls, the shower, you name it. It’s always had a very calming effect on me. This past week when I struggled turning off my brain, I decided to see what sorts of sleep-related apps I could get, and boy, were there TONS out there. I knew there were a lot, but when I say there were tons, there were TONS.

I browsed through a few and decided on one for its simplicity. I just needed something with soothing sounds and a timer so I didn’t wake up in the middle of the night thinking that a pipe had burst or that my bedroom was suddenly transported to the beach. (Which, come to think of it, might not be too bad…)

It’s absolutely perfect, and within 10 minutes, I’m snoozing.

“I am a true believer,” says psychiatrist David Neubauer, associate director of the Johns Hopkins Sleep Disorders Center. “I sleep with white noise myself. While most of the evidence showing that these machines help people sleep is anecdotal, we know they provide a kind of ‘sound cocoon,’ which is very soothing. When it’s completely quiet, people with insomnia or other sleep difficulties focus more closely on small noises, which can interfere with their getting to sleep.”

What about you? Do you need absolute silence at night, or do you need a white noise machine or soothing nature sounds to help lull you to sleep?

Let me know in the comments section!

Until next time…
Sweet Dreams!


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