Even if you're one of those lucky night owls who feels inspired to write poetry and music when your home is pitch black and silent, feeling like you can't fall asleep can be dreadful. On those nights, having some tricks up your sleeve for how to fall asleep faster can make all the difference during those unavoidable morning meetings that require at least five hours of sleep. There are tips for getting a deeper sleep and even helpful tutorials on how couples can help each other sleep better, but there's one sleep aid that deserves a standing ovation and far more credit than it gets: the white noise machine.
Whether you live above a restaurant in the noisiest neighborhood in the city or seem to jump nine feet from your bed whenever a truck rolls by your otherwise serene suburban home, a white noise machine can help by reducing the difference between background noises and "peak" noises, according to the National Sleep Foundation. While only 5 percent of Americans report sleeping with sound machines, 74 percent say a quiet bedroom is important to getting a good night's sleep. And the constant static of white noise or ambient sounds like crackling fire and soft rain can actually make your bedroom feel more quiet and tranquil.
A white noise machine is the missing link — it really can help relax and lull you to sleep. These seven white noise machines are considered some of the most effective on the market.