I made something for you to try tonight, especially if you aren't resting well.
It's 10+ hours of uninterrupted rain sounds for sleep. For your convenience, this is a "black screen video" which means that after 3 seconds, the video screen goes dark so that you'll still hear the relaxing rain drop while keeping your sleep environment dark.
Remember to listen to Rain Sounds for Sleep at a low volume to keep your ears healthy and, of course, never place a sound speaker near a baby's ears.
For many people, the steady simplicity of a gentle rain helps induce relaxation and allow mind and body to rest more easily. If you're a light sleeper, these gentle rain sounds can block out other sounds in your environment that might wake you—like the sound of a snoring bed partner, a barking dog or a garbage truck.
Rain sounds can also be among the most helpful remedies in easing your body and mind—particularly when you’re stressed, upset or just need to focus. Having them on softly in the background can help divert your attention away external sounds or racing thoughts and divert your mind to something more serene.
But why do nature sounds help us reduce stress so we can sleep?
Research points to the importance of the sounds in our daily environment.
In a recent study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, researchers set out to gauge how one’s sound environment affects stress recovery.
Forty subjects were exposed to recorded sounds from either nature or urban environments after enduring multiple rounds of high-stress mathematic testing. In between each testing period was a window of “recovery.”
During each recovery period, participants were exposed to either:
Then, researchers administered a skin prick test to measure the participant’s stress levels.
Not surprisingly, they discovered that the nature sounds produced the quickest recovery from the stress of the test, while the “loud traffic sound” produced the slowest recovery.
If you live in an urban area, it's important to understand how your mind and body reacts to your every-day environment.
What I found interesting was the way the researchers attributed these results to the inner-workings of the nervous system and how it reacts to sound.
For instance, loud traffic sounds were found to activate the body’s sympathetic system (this is what kicks in when we’re in fight or flight mode), while soothing nature sounds were shown to activate the parasympathetic system (when our bodies are in a state of comfort or rest).
These results do give me cause for concern for those of us who live in cities or in areas where there’s a seemingly endless supply of noise…
So what can you do if where you live makes it harder for you to bounce back from stress?
Here are three ways you can create an environment around you for stress reduction:
Lastly, you are encouraged to make getting high quality sleep a top priority. Doing so not only helps you feel better, it can dramatically improve every aspect of your health and quality of life.
I hope these relaxing rain sounds for sleep helps you get the deep restorative rest you deserve!
If you want additional sleep tips here are a few more articles you might find helpful:
Pleasant dreams! 🛌
Jim Donovan M.Ed. is a multi-platinum musician, educator and TEDx speaker. His mission is to share the restorative power of music through education and performance. He is also an Assistant Professor and Director of Music and Wellness at Saint Francis University.
His viral TEDx Talk "How to Trick Your Brain Into Falling Asleep" has been viewed over 6 million times to date.
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It's my most popular technique to help you stop those racing thoughts at bedtime and get deeper more restorative sleep.
I hope it helps you. Jim