​The Sounds of Sleep

Posted by Aline Martin O'Brien on 4th Mar 2022

​The Sounds of Sleep

No, we're NOT going to discuss snoring, but rather how to help to be sound asleep. Indeed, a couple of recent studies shed light on the sound around us and its potential effects on a night of restful sleep. We've written about the importance of temperature, light, and togetherness in relation to quality sleep, and now we are adding the sounds around you to the list.

A study at the National Cheng Kung University Hospital in Taiwan investigated the effects of listening to music before going to bed and snuggling up in the blanket. The researchers analyzed the results of five studies involving 288 individuals. The subjects listened to music for 30-60 minutes before going to bed and found that listening to music before bedtime can significantly increase the quality of sleep in participants.

Three important points to note: the participants were all 60 or older; the effects were noticeably stronger after four weeks or longer of listening, and calming, or "sedative," music was more effective than "rhythmic" music.

A review of the medical literature by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania looked at the new popularity of the "white noise" smartphone applications that people use to help them sleep at night. The "study of studies" reviewed 38 scholarly articles on the subject and concluded that: "evidence for continuous noise improving sleep was minimal, which contradicts its widespread use. Additional research with objective sleep measures and detailed descriptions of noise exposure is needed before promoting continuous noise as a sleep aid, especially since it may also negatively affect sleep and hearing."

So, if you are among the estimated 25-30% of Americans using a white noise generator - phone app, recording, ventilation fan, etc. - you may want to keep an eye out for any new studies that assess the actual effectiveness of using white noise to aid sleep. In the meantime, consider adding calming music to your bedtime routine.

Of course, at Downlite, we firmly believe that sleep can be significantly enhanced with quality bedding.

  • Mattress pad: Add some extra padding to your bed with a mattress pad. It's ideal for those who are seeking a little extra fluff. Designed for comfort, it also helps protect your mattress against dust mites, dander, and everyday wear.
  • Duvet insert/comforter: "Duvet" ("fluff" in French) is often used interchangeably with "comforter," though they aren't quite the same. A comforter is one piece, while a duvet insert can be used with removable and washable covers. In either case, it's an essential final topper for your bed.
  • Pillows: An essential aspect of any bed, from décor to the pleasure of sleeping, pillows are the key.

If you would like personalized assistance or professional advice before ordering your bedding, you may contact our customer service representatives, and they will assist you in your decision-making.

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