White noise, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is “a heterogeneous mixture of sound waves extending over a wide frequency range.” But it’s probably just enough to know that, to the human ear, it sounds like a gentle “whooshing” noise (akin to what Douglas Adams once referred to as the sound that deadlines make as they go by). Think of a steady wind or a light rainfall. Studies suggest that generating a background of white noise masks inconsistencies that can be disruptive to concentration or relaxation.
In other words, it sort of smooths over the jarring elements of your soundscape so that you can focus on other things — like sleep or study — instead of being distracted.
Marpac Dohm-DS Dual Speed Sound Conditioner: White Noise Machine Approved by the National Sleep Foundation
This sound conditioner is compact and portable at only six inches in diameter, four inches in height (and, according to one user, it weighs “about as much as a hardcover Michael Crichton novel”), so you can move it to any part of the house where you’re trying to counter the sounds of the outside world (or lack, thereof). Need to nap on the couch next to the window that faces a busy street? Bring it into the living room and let the traffic noises cease to be a bother. Need to focus on reading in a room with a monotonously ticking grandfather clock that overpowers your ability to focus? Let this white noise machine drown it out!
Made by Marpac, a company that’s been manufacturing white noise machines since 1962, the Dohm-DS Dual Speed is the official sound conditioner of the National Sleep Foundation — so you know I’m not just blowing hot air at you!
Want to give a good night’s sleep or a focused day of study an honest try? Try a white noise machine like the Dohm-DS Dual Speed Sound Conditioner today!