The whirring sound of the blades, the cool air it creates, I love my fan. A fan serves dual functions for me, cools the room – and I am SERIOUSLY hot blooded, so all year long I have a fan on.. but it also serves as my white noise. I am your typical light sleeper, in a quiet house – I hear EVERY sound and I’ll toss and turn all night. As young people we fall asleep to the tv or the radio and we don’t think anything of it, we’re just media hogs and we ingest noise because we love it.
There are countless articles that repeat this chorus of “for better sleep turn off your screens! leave devices alone for half an hour before sleeping!…..and so on, etc….” I always dismissed the validity of it because I too, am a media hog. I adore music, I love old tv shows, but I have realized that it does not serve me well at night. This all happened quite by accident a few years ago, I was exhausted one afternoon and at the time all of my devices were quiet, I wasn’t using them, my bedroom was completely quiet except my fan as I sat trying to decide whether to stay up or nap. Ya’ll know I ended up asleep, no nap, OH NO, all night long. When I woke up the next morning, I was refreshed, wide awake and ready for the day, I had slept better than I had in a long time.
So that got me thinking and I tried that for about a week, it was WILDLY successful. I did add ambient noise from my favorite favorite app, Rainymood. I found the website several years ago and used to set it up at night on my tv (that doubled as a giant monitor) through my pc, and it would play all night. Now they have an app and they’ve added all sorts of pairings with the sound of the rain (like this awesomeness Rain + Deadmau5). The android app has a 1 hour timer and Pandora has a 1 hour timer, so I’ll set them up and turn up my fan and settle in for sleepy time. When I wake up, the only sound is the fan, which is good because I need to be able to hear my alarms, all four of them.
I find when I don’t go through that routine before sleeping, I just don’t sleep as well. Being a light sleeper is good for things like camping, when you have small children and probably being a prisoner, though I wouldn’t know anything about how that is, you know because – for the most part I obey the law (close your mouth, it’s really true). I encourage you to try this if you find you have issues sleeping, different things work for different people but this has been working for me for years now, I think you’ll find it most helpful.