Are you one of those night owls scrolling through social media reading articles about more intelligent people staying up late and waking up even later? Do you frequently go on Wikipedia wormholes? Is your smartphone ruining your sleep schedule? Are you binge-watching HBO shows on the regular at night?
If you have answered yes to any or all of these questions, it’s time to take a step back and assess your sleep schedule. There is no dearth of articles on the internet about the various risks posed by sleep deprivation. Studies have also found correlations between sleep deprivation and various cancers.
Turns out the answer to a sound night of sleep may have been HBO after all. Interestingly, it is not their quality content but the “Static Angel” intro to their programming. The “Static Angel” intro is a classic example of white noise. White noise is a random signal having equal intensity at different frequencies. Simply put, it is a monotonous, predictable sound that helps the brain drown out other noise sources and allowing you to sleep like a baby. Voice controlled speakers like Alexa and Google Home play white noise from Spotify upon request. In fact, Google Home comes with a range of inbuilt ambient sounds including White noise.
Worry not, if you’re a millennial still far away from your own home or a Google Home, a very loud fan might just do the trick. Set your sleep schedule right this weekend and get some sleep.