Random sounds keeping you up at night? There’s a few things you can do, from having a stern talk with your neighbours to taking prescription medication to knock yourself out. In between these options, there’s also white noise. Snooz is a device that generates white noise that masks the ambient sounds in your home, by using a real fan rather than some low quality speaker. A simple dial on top lets you adjust the intensity, which can range from a “light fan sound (think table fan) to a deep fan drone (think airplane cabin) and everything in-between.” White noise works to help you sleep because “it reduces the delta between your baseline sound and containment noise so many disturbances aren’t heard and the others sound much quieter (i.e. the “startle factor” is reduced).”
In a 2008 Consumer Reports analysis, 2,021 survey respondents found sound machines to be more helpful than over-the-counter drugs or supplements like Tylenol PM and Unisom (and almost as effective as prescription medication like Ambien and Lunesta).
Snooz’s design is modern, portable (at 2.5″ tall) and self-contained with room for the power cord within. You can control it with an app on your smartphone, and a “nursery calibration” feature will let you set the upper volume to a level that’s safe for your infant, if you were to place it near his crib.
All in all, Snooz looks like a great product to help you get to sleep, for which you’ll be asked to pledge $59 with shipping in March 2016.
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