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Is white noise effective as a sleep-aid?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry

In brief: White noise

Yes it is. Also, it helps mask tinnitus (buzzing in ear).

In brief: White noise

Yes it is. Also, it helps mask tinnitus (buzzing in ear).
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Parham Gharagozlou
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine

In brief: yes

Yes it is very effective in fact highly recommended for some people.

In brief: yes

Yes it is very effective in fact highly recommended for some people.
Dr. Parham Gharagozlou
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Dr. Ranji Varghese
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Ranji Varghese
Dr. Ranji Varghese
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