Little Luxuries – 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?