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Can white noise be disruptive to my deep sleep?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
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In brief: White noise effects

Most people buy white-noise machines or recordings to block out occasional/intermittent sounds like honking horns, barking dogs, etc.
While some work better than others, many people find they help them fall and/or remain asleep. Their effectiveness can vary with level of fatigue and depth of sleep cycle. Anyone caring for a baby or child should avoid anything that will make it hard to hear crying.

In brief: White noise effects

Most people buy white-noise machines or recordings to block out occasional/intermittent sounds like honking horns, barking dogs, etc.
While some work better than others, many people find they help them fall and/or remain asleep. Their effectiveness can vary with level of fatigue and depth of sleep cycle. Anyone caring for a baby or child should avoid anything that will make it hard to hear crying.
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