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sounds to relaxSleep is one of the most mysterious bodily states. It is speculated to be important for recovery, the immune system, and learning. While the functions of sleep remain not well understood, one thing is clear: sleep is essential for survival.

Many people suffer from poor sleep. They may have trouble falling asleep or they wake up in the middle of the night and are not able to go back to sleep.

Sleep hygiene i.e. controlling behavioral and environmental practices that affect sleep, may provide relief. Sometimes relaxing is the key.


One thing that naturally aids falling asleep is calming white noise. It soothes the mind and helps to fade out nagging thoughts or surrounding noise. Whether you are looking for a way to fall asleep quickly or to calm down for a power nap, free white noise can help.

Here is a collection of six pages that provide different types of free white noise and music for better sleep and relaxation.

RainyMood

RainyMood features a 15-minute high-quality loop of various types of free white noise including gentle rain sound, accompanied by thunder and chirping birds. The site recommends to combine the free white noise with your favorite music, which indeed works very well.

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White Noise 24/7

This website offers more than just “a random signal with a flat power spectral density“, i.e. free white noise. You can playback nature sounds, e.g. a flowing river or hard rain, and mechanical sounds, including a washing machine and ventilator. Some of the free white noise can also be downloaded, which is very convenient in case you don’t want to go to bed with your iPod, rather than your computer running all night.

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WhiteNoisePlayer

For those of you suffering from Tinnitus or annoying sounds from the outside, free white noise may provide a major relief. At WhiteNoisePlayer you can choose from eight different sounds, like the radio, crickets, or wind and play them indefinitely.

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SoundSleeping

SoundSleeping lets you  create your own relaxing sound mix. You can pick from four controllers with nine natural sounds each and a fifth controller with four music sounds. For each controller you can individually adjust the volume. A “How To” explains what the different sounds are good for and what steps you can take to sleep better in general.

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Last.fm – Absolute Sleep Music Radio

You can also create a relaxing mix on Last.fm or listen to a dedicated station. This station contains soothing tunes and sound collections that can help you relax. Since the tracks change every few minutes, the station is probably less suited for falling asleep. However, it’s excellent background material for Yoga or Tai-Chi.

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NapSounds

Finally, if it’s not sleep you desire, but a short and refreshing nap, give NapSounds a try. You can replay the tunes online or download and listen to them on your favorite mp3 player. Choose from electronic, classic or nature background music or sounds and nap away.

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Would you like to nap with music from your iPhone? Check out Jackson’s articles on 9 iPhone Apps To Help Soothe You To Sleep 9 iPhone Apps To Help Soothe You To Sleep 9 iPhone Apps To Help Soothe You To Sleep Read More and Sleep Better & Re-Energize On The Go With Pzizz For The iPhone Sleep Better & Re-Energize On The Go With Pzizz For The iPhone + Giveaway! Sleep Better & Re-Energize On The Go With Pzizz For The iPhone + Giveaway! Read More . He also wrote Sounds To Help You Sleep, Relax, Concentrate Or Wake Up! Sounds To Help You Sleep, Relax, Concentrate Or Wake Up! Sounds To Help You Sleep, Relax, Concentrate Or Wake Up! Read More .

What helps you to fall asleep peacefully?

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  1. mi de
    March 28, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    When I was a shiftworker, I loved rainy days. The neighbourhood kids stayed indoors and I slept better :)

  2. Remus
    January 11, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Did you guys try out http://www.noiseground.com ? its simple and has a few great sounds! including a reverse sonar which makes me sleepy instantly :D

    • Tina
      January 12, 2015 at 4:11 pm

      Awesome resource! Thank you for sharing, Remus. I will share it with the team and we might update this article.

  3. Bedding Set Deals
    April 23, 2010 at 5:50 am

    Looks like a pretty set of applications to get rid of insomnia. This application added with a good bedding set can create a very nice goodnight sleep.

  4. James Ross
    March 14, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    You totally need to add http://freewhitenoise.com to the list.

  5. sleep music
    March 4, 2010 at 6:38 am

    This site is very useful to us. Please visit this site http://www.sleep-tunes.com, I think this site is very helpful to other people.

  6. Jason Saggers
    February 8, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    A very nice list, I love the rain playing in the background, very relaxing.

  7. Rowena
    February 8, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    I appreciate all of your information. I have found white noise helpful in my insomnia issues.

  8. luis
    February 5, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    great list, I really enjoy the rain one

  9. Colter R. Joles
    February 5, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    how would you go about setting up an auto shutdown for your laptop? I've been trying to figure it out, so i can just fall asleep listening to my music but i can't seem to get it to work. (PC, vista)

  10. Lahala
    February 5, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Bonfire and Ocean at Sound Sleep was just perfect!

  11. The Geek
    February 4, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    So you fall asleep, and your computer stays on the entire night, killing your battery if it's a laptop. You would have to set up some sort of auto-shutdown for this to work. Other than that sounds cool.

  12. Robert M
    February 4, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    I'd like to add http://www.i-dose.us/ to the list.

  13. Callimaco
    February 4, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    You missed the absolute best (and simplest) one out there.

    http://www.simplynoise.com/

    • Tina
      February 5, 2010 at 12:47 am

      Thanks for sharing Callimaco!

  14. Rolo
    February 4, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    That is Epic

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