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is white noise effective as a sleep-aid?

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Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 17 years experience
Possibly: White noise, such as a fan in the background, tries to drown out other noises that tend to occur when we sleep. Examples of noises can be creaking of floors, car traffic, etc. For those people who are sensitive to outside noises which may prevent their minds from relaxing enough to be able to sleep, white noise can be helpful. It does not work by making you feel sleepy however.
Dr. Parham Gharagozlou
Sleep Medicine 9 years experience
yes: Yes it is very effective in fact highly recommended for some people.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
White noise: Yes it is. Also, it helps mask tinnitus (buzzing in ear).

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