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Little Luxuries – Sleepmate White Noise Machine

Sleepmate white noise machine

One of the most double-edged blessings in my life has got to be my hearing.

I can often hear things others can’t. It comes in handy for avoiding sneak tickle-attacks and eavesdropping.

BUT, it also means that the littlest, most far away noises are enough to keep me awake at night.

A dripping faucet down the hall on the other side of multiple doors will do it, the rustling of a plastic bag in the hall, or god forbid, the ticking of a clock

Once, when I was in high school, my parents bought a lovely new clock for the bathroom. They found it buried in the bathtub under 40 towels the next morning. (I couldn’t get the batteries out).

So you can imagine the difficulty I had living in a tiny dorm room the summer I interned at a magazine.

If it wasn’t the cornucopia of loud, night owl neighbours I was surrounded by, it was the mice that used the vents as a rodent superhighway keeping me angrily tossing and turning.

I was a sleepless wreck UNTIL my brilliant mom did some research and found me a Sleepmate white noise machine. At first I found the tiny machine’s whooshing roar (and the fact that I could no longer hear every little nighttime sound) unnerving, but after a few nights and playing with the machine’s settings, I was sleeping through the night like a happily sedated baby.

Now I’m so used to it that my response to hitting its on switch is practically Pavlovian and it takes no time for me to drift off amidst its comforting lull of white noise.

My only complaint is that it’s not small enough to cart around with me on sleepovers.

Do you guys indulge in any little luxuries for a better night’s sleep? What are your sleep tips and tricks?

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7 Responses to Little Luxuries – Sleepmate White Noise Machine

  • Alli says:

    Yes, yes and yes! Do you have a white noise app on your phone? I downloaded one for when I travel and it’s been a lifesaver. If I’m alone I’ll just leave my phone next to me with the app going and if I’m sharing the room I’ll just sleep with headphones in.

    • metamorphocity says:

      Haha. You know what’s weird? I can’t sleep at night if a tv is on in another room, BUT, napping in front of a quiet half-hour sitcom seems to help me avoid sleep paralysis (which, if you aren’t familiar, is also extremely weird – and terrifying!).

  • Kate says:

    The only trouble I ever have sleeping is down to being too hot/cold rather than noises. I am used to lots of loud noises from living in cities now, sometimes silence creeps me out a little! Haha.

    • metamorphocity says:

      Oh I haaate being too hot at night. I frequently wake up in the morning with my tank top wrapped around my arm or pants on one leg only because I’ve tried to escape from my clothes in an overheated sleep stupor in the middle of the night.

  • Lindsay says:

    I have the opposite of insomnia. I love to sleep too much and need to set my alarm every day (like two hours before I need to actually get up). Last month, my alarm didn’t go off because my phone updated itself. I woke up at 3:30!

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