The Sense of Sound, How Noises Affect Your Sleep

There are many factors beyond your control which your senses pick up and which influence the quality of your sleep. If you wake up in the middle of the night to find that you’re too hot or cold, just as most people regularly do, your overall sleep quality will decrease. The same goes for sleeping in rooms where bright sunlight shines directly inside, or sleeping in an environment that is noisy.

Sounds have a big impact on your ability to get a good night’s rest, but these impacts can be negative and positive. Here are a few things you need to know about how sound affects your sleep:

  • Even while you’re sleeping, your brain stays active and it processes stimuli from your environment. This is an evolutionary advantage which allowed humans to get rest without putting themselves in danger; now, however, it’s often more of nuisance because small noises or bright lights can disrupt your sleep without really being a threat to your safety.


  • You’re most likely to wake up from a foreign noise while you’re in stage 1 or stage 2 of your sleep cycle; stages 3 and 4 are considered “deep sleep,” and these two stages of sleep allow for deeper relaxation. Individual people may differ in their sound sensitivity (e.g., “light sleepers” or “heavy sleepers”) as well.


  • White noise can be very beneficial if you live in a noisy environment; in a big city, perhaps, or even in the country with noisy birds that chirp at dawn. White noise creates a muffled background noise that diminishes the loudness of sudden sounds, like a door slamming or a car horn honking. These sounds essentially become amplified when they occur in an otherwise quiet environment.


  • Many people find that their overall sleep quality decreases when they’re subjected to constant “noise pollution,” which is a smaller noise that occurs on a constant and disruptive basis. Birds chirping, for example, typically don’t get annoying untilyou’re trying to fall asleep. This “noise pollution” may not even fully wake you up, but it can disrupt your sleep quality by jolting you out of your natural sleep stage cycle.

Many people find it easy to get their seven to nine hours of sleep every night with a little bit of noise in the background, but just as many people feel as though they rarely get a good night’s sleep. When it comes to adjusting your sleep environment, your comfort while sleeping is incredibly important.



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