A sleep expert has revealed which sounds help you nod off – and which are best to wake up to.
Sleep expert Hannah Shore claims ocean waves, a crackling fire and the distant buzzing of a fan are among the top 10 sounds that help people to fall asleep.
Whereas hearing a piece of toast being cut or a kettle boiling are most likely to make them rise and shine gently.
It comes after a poll of 2,000 adults found half enjoy listening to white noise to go to sleep or wake them up.
The study, commissioned by Premier Inn, found 26% listen to it every night, with rainfall sounds (40%), music (34%) and the sound of a fan (24%) among the top choices.
The hotel chain has launched Nod-Flix, an ASMR channel where guests can have their optimal video and soundscape play as they drift off.
Hannah Shore, who is working with hotel brand in partnership with Silentnight, said: “Depending on the individual, watching or listening to something calming before bed can be part of our sleep process.
“Different sounds generate different responses from our subconscious when we’re asleep, so what might be soothing to one, might not be for another.
“If you’re sharing a bed or a room, be considerate and invest in a pair of headphones or why not try finding a sound that you both find soothing?”
The study also found that if they are sharing a room with other people and unable to listen to their white noise, 27% wouldn’t be able to sleep properly as a result.
More than half (58%) normally listen to these sounds or noises on their phone, while 34% tune in via an app.
But 15% even have a sound machine.
Wind sounds (21%), audio books (16%) and a cat purring (7%) also made the list of sounds and noises people like to fall asleep to.
It also emerged half of the adults polled feel their sleep varies depending on the season we’re in.
And 57% reckon they sleep the best during autumn or winter, compared to only 7% who get the best shut eye over the summer months.
Respondents were shown a number of hotel-inspired ASMR type videos from the Nod-Flix channel, from the kettle boiling to a suitcase being pulled along hard floor.
It found the sound of sizzling bacon was found to be most relaxing, followed by the trickle of running water from the shower.
The study, carried out via OnePoll.com, also revealed the sound of a vacuum was surprisingly least calming.
Hannah Shore, for Premier Inn, added: “Switching off does not come as easy to some people as it does others and sounds are a great way to help with this.
“Some people prefer complete silence whereas to others the silence means they listen out for all the little sounds, in a hotel this can be people walking down the hall, doors closing, the lift.
“Others may find they need their brain to concentrate on something else, in these cases there needs to be something in the sounds they can focus on like the slow rhythm of calming music, the repetitiveness of waves lapping on the beach or even the noise of the TV.
“This can allow the mind to switch off from the day and therefore allowing you to fall asleep, which we hope the Nod-Flix channel will accomplish for many.”
NOISES THAT HELP BRITS FALL ASLEEP:
1. Rainfall sounds
3. Ocean sounds
4. The sound of a fan
5. The sound of favourite TV show/ streaming service
6. Wind sounds
8. Audio Books
9. Jungle/forest/woodland sounds
10. Fireplace sounds
11. Static sounds
12. City ambience
13. Animal sounds
14. A cat purring
15. The sound of a vacuum cleaner
HANNAH SHORE’S TIPS FOR A RESTFUL NIGHT’S SLEEP:
1. If you’re going to watch something before bed, make sure it’s calming content
2. Keep the space you’re sleeping in tidy
3. Don’t eat a heavy meal before bed
4. Invest in some bed socks – they help increase blood circulation
5. Make sure your pillow supports your sleeping position
6. Dim the lights – it helps our bodies to produce sleep hormones like melatonin
7. Get some black out blinds or curtains to block out bright lights
8. Listen to white noise such as fans, hairdryers, hoovers to block out sound
9. To go to sleep in a calmer way, listen to pink noise such as wind, steady rain and leaves
10. Listen to green noise which is similar to pink but will have an undertone of more constant hissing noise – running streams
11. To help you focus throughout the day, listen to brown noises which have deeper tones, such as the crack of thunder.
Produced in association with SWNS Talker