If you have partying neighbours, find it hard to nod off or just want to accelerate your power naps, the White Noise Lite app is a great free download to help escort you into the Land of Nod.
You are feeling very sleeeepppyyy
Available for the iPhone and Android platforms, the app serves up ten soothingly soporific ambient sound loops, including a tropical rain storm (our favourite), a ticking old fashioned clock, wind chimes, lapping waves on a beach and chirping crickets.
Less snoozeful loops include rather startling thunderstorm, the noise of fan whirring away and the rather unpleasant muffled sound of the inside of an airplane.
The free app comes with a configurable sound shut-off timer/alarm (with audio fader) to save battery life as you Zzzzz, but if you need more sounds a premium version is available for $1.99.
This ramps up the sound loops to a total of 40, giving you the following selection of sleep-inducing sounds:
Air Conditioner, Airplane, Amazon, Beach Waves, Boat, Cars, Cat Purring, Chimes, City Streets, Clock, Clothes Dryer, Crickets, Crowd, Drip, Fan, Fire, Frogs, Hair Dryer, Heartbeat, Blue Noise, Brown Noise, Pink Noise, Violet Noise, White Noise, Ocean Waves, Car Rain, Light Rain, Heavy Rain, Extreme Rain, Rain Storm, Shower, Sprinkler, Stream, Tibetan Bowl, Thunder, Train, Vacuum, Washer, Water, Wind.
Sleeping in the rain
We’re more than happy with the ten sound loops on offer in the free version but maybe if we get bored with falling off to sleep to the patter of raindrops we’ll invest in the premium version.
Mind you, isn’t getting bored and falling asleep the whole point of the app?!