A sleep machine is a simple solution if you live in a noisy apartment building, noisy neighborhood or need to sleep in the daytime while others are active.
Sleep machines also help you sleep when traveling, in hotel rooms or when you want to have a private conversation that others won’t hear. People even use them to meditate or to block out sounds while they study.
Is a Sleep Machine for You?
Are you tense and anxious? Do you have a difficult time settling down to go to sleep? If so, you have lots of company. Most people, at some time in their lives, go through a difficult time, a stressful time, when they have difficulty sleeping.
And, when you can’t sleep, all you can think about is getting a good night’s sleep!
White noise machines can help. Whether you are under stress or you just live in a noisy neighborhood or apartment building, one of these white sound units can drown out the noise and get you relaxed, and off to sleep.
What to Look For in a Sleep Machine
What features should you look for?
- Portability – If you travel a lot, and you plan to take your machine with you, consider the size and weight of the unit. Some white noise machines are quite small.
- Sound choices – Do you prefer white noise or nature sounds? What kinds of sounds does the machine provide?
- Quality of the sound – Some machines do have better quality sound than others. How important is this to you?
- Repetition – Does the machine go through a routine or loops? Listening for the repetition can drive some people crazy—and keep them awake. Will this bother you?
- Energy source – Most units can run on both batteries and electrical power. If this is important to you, make sure the unit has what you need.
- Timer – Some units just run all night, while others can be programmed to turn off after a specified amount of time. Which do you prefer?
- Direction of sound – Some machines produce sound that appears to be all over the room, while others project in one direction. Is this important to you?
As you can see, there are a number of things to think about when choosing your machine. Some features may be available on more expensive models, but many can be found on any price unit.
Since sleeping well is so important, do consider getting one of these machines to help you sleep, if you are going through a tough time!
5 Best Sleep Machines
Adaptive Sound Technologies – Sound + Sleep
This white noise machine has an excellent quality, setting it in a class above the others. And it has some other very nice features.
You can choose from 10+ natural sounds, and you can even mix and match the sounds, to personalize the program for yourself. Choose from ocean, rain, thunder, seagulls and make up to 30 different combinations.
The adaptive sound technology for this unit adjusts the volume automatically, when the sounds in your room change. For example, if your apartment is quiet and you neighbor upstairs comes home, the sound machine will get louder to cover your neighbor’s footsteps.
You don’t have to run the unit all night. A timer allows you to program the sleep machine to go off, after you are sleeping.
With this white noise machine, you can add layers of audio for a richer sound.
Marpac Dohm-SS Natural Sound Machine
This sleep machine is the official sound machine of the National Sleep Foundation. This is a simpler sound machine than the Adaptive Sound Technologies machine.
The Marpac Dohm-SS has a single speed motor and the unit emits the sound of rushing air, even though it doesn’t actually move any air.
You can adjust the tone and the volume. There are a range of frequencies that will block out noise like snoring, apartment noise through the walls, and college dorm background noise.
The sound machine can be used in a nursery to help your baby get to sleep.
It runs on 120V, and it does not have a battery backup.
Wave Premium Sleep Therapy Sound Machine
Another popular sound machine, The Wave Premium Sleep Therapy Machine can be used for home or travel.
The sleep machine has 6 all natural sounds to choose from: white noise, fan, ocean, rain, stress and summer night. There is little repetition, and users have not been able to detect the audible breaks.
A built-in USB charger with a 2A output, makes this handy for charging your mobile phone or other mobile devices.
Another nice feature is that you can set a timer to have the machine turn off in 15, 30 or 60 minutes, so it doesn’t run all night. Or you can just let it run, if you prefer.
There is a volume control and the sleep machine comes with a chrome stand that will keep your power cord and USB neat and organized.
Homedics SS-6050 Sleep Solutions Machine
This sound machine works nicely for meditation, studying or to cover voices in meetings where you want privacy, in addition to helping you get to sleep.
A selection of 12 sounds includes: white noise, fan, campfire, everglades, dockside, zen and energize.
With this machine, you can’t mix and match sounds. You can only play them one at a time.
However, you can use this sound machine with a Blue Tooth, giving you an option not found with other sleep machines.
LectroFan Micro – Wireless Sound Machine
This is truly a travel-type sound machine. The little unit measures less than 3″ x 3″, and it can easily fit into a suitcase.
You will have a choice of 10 sleep sounds: 5 fan noises, 4 white noises and 1 ocean sound.
The silver top shown in the photo to the left, can swivel, so you can aim the direction of the sound where you want it to go.
The unit is wireless, and you can use it with your Blue Tooth.
When you buy this sleep machine, a USB cable is included to recharge the battery. The battery will last for up to 16 hours.