September 24, 2022

What Is Brown Noise and How Can It Help You?

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You’ve probably heard of white noise—sounds that contain all frequencies and can help people be calm or focus in situations where you’re both awake or trying to sleep. The sound of ocean waves is an example of white noise.

Researchers and psychiatrists, however, say that brown noise may be more beneficial for sleeping and helping those with challenges like ADHD to better concentrate.

CHC has a look at this research and what the key differences are between white and brown noise.

What Is Brown Noise?

Brown noise is like white noise but only using sounds that are at a lower frequency and higher bass level.

Examples of brown noise can be water running from a shower, strong waterfalls, and the hum you hear from an engine in an airplane.

How Does It Work to Help the Brain Focus?

Scientists believe that brown noise in itself isn’t distracting but is enough to for your brain to pay attention to it. This mild stimulation is enough to keep the brain occupied and will prevent it from wandering to other thoughts that can distract you from what you’re trying to accomplish.

How Can Brown Noise Help With Sleep?

In addition to keeping your brain from straying while you’re trying to sleep, brown noise can effectively drown out sounds that can break the silence and either prevent you from falling asleep or waking you up. These sounds include animals outside, movements from neighbors (especially in apartment buildings), traffic sounds, and even snoring from a partner.

If you’re interested in trying out brown noise for yourself, here’s an eight-hour YouTube clip that you can play the next time you’re feeling like you need to concentrate.

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