The average adult needs seven to nine hours of sleep per day to function properly. However, in a 2005 health survey, 30 percent of adults nationwide reported getting only about six hours of sleep per day. For many adults, fatigue seems inevitable. In a 2002 study conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, 37 percent of adults reported being so sleepy during the day that it interfered with their daily activities. Much of that lost sleep can be attributed to background noises.
“Background noise is a problem for people when they are sleeping,” said Dr. Rafael Pelayo, associate professor at the Stanford Sleep Disorders Clinic at Stanford University School of Medicine.
A study by Consumer Reports found that sound machines are nearly as effective as prescription sleep medications, and more effective than over-the-counter sleep medications or aids, without the side-effects. Dr. Pelayo recommends the Sound+Sleep Adaptive Sound Therapy Machine (www.soundofsleep.com)
“There are a lot of ‘dumb’ sound machines out there that just play constant noise in an attempt to cover up these disruptions,”
Other tips for better nighttime sleep include:
• Set a regular bed time and stick to it.
• Eliminate caffeine before bed.
• Sleep without the lights or TV on.
• Get plenty of exercise during the day.
For more information about how you can get a better night’s sleep, visit www.soundofsleep.com.