Have you ever endure through an agitated night when you could not sleep due to noise? You lie in bed, watching at the ceiling and shut to ignore the sounds around you but they keep invading.
If you are fortunate enough, you eventually drift off. Then the noise wakes you again, keeping your mind and body from decreasing into the deep part of the sleep period that you need.
When your sleep cycle is modified, you can suffer from sleep privation. Sleep deprivation can not only make you unfortunate, but it can have long-term effects on your overall well-being and condition of life.
What does the sleep period is related to the quality of life and how does sound influence it?
When you are in the dream cycle, your body continues backward and forth between REM (rapid eye action) and non-REM sleep. The five-stage dream cycle is typically 90 minutes long. The first four grades are non-REM, and the fifth time is when REM sleep occurs.
Non-REM stages progress from very light sleep into very profound sleep. The REM stage is the final stage, and this is where most of the dreaming occurs. You move through 4-6 of these 90-minute dream periods a night.
Noises are possible to wake you up during the light sleep steps, cycles 1 and 2, as opposed to the stage number one again, a very mild rest.
Even if you do not fully wake up, noises can disturb you enough to affect your sleep cycles. Noises extending from inside sounds such as snoring (you or your partner), appliances, pets, televisions, or external noises such as city noises, traffic, neighbors, and rains, can play havoc on your sleep period.
Because unusual or loud sounds signified danger in the lives of our predecessors, we have derived the automatic “fight or flight” instinct to react to noise. It happens in the primitive part of our brain and triggers the stress hormone secretions even when we are asleep. When this frequently occurs, over time our stress hormone levels become chronically elevated. This condition links with a wide range of negative health results.
A sleep cycle suspended links to some health difficulties such as:
- Reduced concentration, leading to a higher danger of accidents or errors
- Premature aging by opposing with the growth hormone production.
- Failure to lose excess weight, when sleep deprived your body sends a sign that you are hungry
- Lower immunity to illnesses
- Heart disease
- Quickened tumor growth, due to disrupted melatonin production
- Type 2 diabetes
Deep sleep stage is one of the most significant sleep phases that facilitates your body to repair and restore. The added time you can spend in this crucial state, the better you are going to feel in the morning as well as increasing your overall health.
Noises and sounds are a fact of life. If you cannot sleep at night because a noise keeps waking you up, the ideal answer is to cancel that noise, if possible. It could be something as easy as practicing a device or different pillow for snoring, rolling off the tablet, computer, or cell phone an hour before hitting the pillow, or even soundproofing your sleeping space.
However, not all noise has an unfavorable impact on your sleep period. In fact, some sounds can enhance the sleep cycle. It does sound counterintuitive, but investigations have shown that white noise or pink noise can be a favorable sleep tool. It can be the qualities such as that of a rainstorm or ocean waves coming from your iPhone, or it can be the noise of a ceiling fan.
Why? Even when we are asleep, our brains continue to register, and process sounds on a central level. White noise or pink noise works by suffocating out the disruptive sounds of the environment that might wake us. Because the noise is constant and predictable, it gently captures our attention without demanding any real need to ponder.
White noise and pink noise are very plain sounds that pass by our conscience and don’t arouse emotions or cause a necessary to try to process of information. The noise helps to promote a smooth transition between the sleep cycles resulting in a night of peaceful rest.
The sound seems to have both positive and negative influences on your sleep period depending on the types of sounds. Some sounds, so as snoring or environmental impediments diffuse by simple solutions. Others can be blocked out using positive sounds such as white or pink noises.
Here is a video you can watch (or hear) with some smooth white and pink noise