What is Noise Masking?
Noise Masking is when you listen to one sound so you don’t hear another sound. If you are trying to sleep, the sound you are listening to needs to be a soothing, relaxing sound so it helps you sleep rather than interrupting your sleep. With SoundOff you hear a soothing pink noise. Studies show pink noise relaxes the brain and can help you sleep.
Active & Passive Noise Masking:
There are two elements necessary for a truly effective noise masking device. The first part is the active part. This is the sound the device produces to mask, or make inaudible, unwanted noises disturbing ones’ sleep. The second element, the passive part, is how the earpieces attenuate or block ambient sounds in the environment from getting into the ear in the first place.
Our specially designed pink noise is the “active” noise masking part; the sound you hear in order to not hear the snoring or other sounds keeping you awake. The Comfort Memory Foam tips are the “passive” noise masking part. These foam tips play an important role in making SoundOff very effective Noise Masking earbuds. They form to your ear so they help keep snoring and other noises from coming in around the earbud. They also help keep the earbuds snug in your ear and they are super soft and comfortable.
SoundOff earbuds are highly effective at noise masking, both actively and passively, and at much lower volumes. This creates a very comfortable and unobtrusive experience for our users.
Noise & Sleep:
Getting good, uninterrupted sleep is not a luxury, it’s essential for feeling good and performing at our optimum. It’s also essential for good health. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) says a third of US adults report that they usually get less than the recommended amount of sleep. Not getting enough sleep is linked with many chronic diseases and conditions—such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and depression.
A snoring partner can prevent you from falling asleep. Sudden noises during the night, like a barking dog, a car horn or an airplane flying over your house can also wake you. And, even if these sudden noises do not fully wake you, they can interrupt the deeper phases of sleep. This can result in waking up feeling like you didn’t get enough sleep; you don’t feel rested.
There are 4 sleep stages we cycle through while sleeping. Stages 1 & 2 are lighter stages, stage 3 is deep or slow-wave sleep and stage 4 is rapid eye movement or REM. Sudden noises during sleep have been shown to increase stage 1 sleep and decrease slow-wave and REM sleep.
The first stage of the sleep cycle is a transition period between wakefulness and sleep. This short period of sleep lasts for around five to 10 minutes.
The second stage lasts about 20 minutes per cycle and according to the American Sleep Foundation people spend approximately 50% of their total sleep time in this stage.
Stage 3 sleep, also known as delta sleep, is when deep, slow brain waves begin to emerge. Getting enough stage 3 sleep allows you to feel refreshed the next day. It is during this deep sleep stage that your body starts its physical repairs. Your brain also consolidates declarative memories. Things like general knowledge, facts, statistics, personal experiences, and other things you have learned.
Stage 4 sleep (REM) begins approximately 90 minutes after falling asleep. Like stage 3, memory consolidation also happens during REM sleep. During deep sleep (stage 3 and REM), your cells repair and rebuild, and hormones are secreted to promote bone and muscle growth. Your body also uses deep sleep to strengthen your immunity so you can fight off illness and infection.
Health experts say it is important to get seven to nine hours of sleep per night and that it be uninterrupted, quality sleep that allows your body to benefit from each of the four stages. Not getting enough deep sleep (slow-wave & REM) can manifest the next day in noticeable ways; sleepiness, irritability, lack of concentration and poorer mental health are associated with exposure to nighttime noise.
Sleep in Silence or Noise Masking:
We would all retreat to a silent bedroom if that were an option. However, noise exposure is a nightly reality for almost all of us. Cities are known for being full of noise but rural places can have noise issues as well. Whether it is pets inside the house, animals outside, a thunder storm or birds chirping too early in the morning for your liking it all can interrupt sleep. This is why noise masking is a great option for good, deep sleep. With noise masking you don’t hear the noises robbing you of a good nights’ sleep. Instead, you can opt to hear a soothing, relaxing sound (like Pink Noise) that actually helps you get better, deeper sleep.
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