Nature Sounds Machines

Written by Christa Gatewood
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It has long been known that the sounds of nature are soothing to the human ear. Those of us who live in the city, around honking car horns, sirens, and the seemingly endless sounds of traffic, relish the time spent in more serene settings. This is because of the restorative powers of nature.

An old proverb says, "If the mountain won't come to Mohammad, then Mohammad must go to the mountain." For most of us, however, trips out of the city do not come as often as we would like. Luckily, technology actually makes it possible to "bring the mountain to Mohammad" as it were. Nature sounds machines effectively bottle the essence of the great outdoors into compact machines that can fit comfortably on a bedside table.

The Restorative Powers of Nature Sounds Machines

Instead of listening to the sounds of the city, the neighborhood or even other family members, wouldn't it be nice to be able to hear waves crashing against the shore while sitting in bed? Rain showers, waterfalls, crickets--these are the sounds that calm the mind and relax the body. Experts believe that it is not only the soothing tone of these sounds that has such a positive effect on humans, it is also the repetitive nature of the sounds. Listening to the repeated looping of these sounds is somehow calming.

For those reasons, nature sound machines are a popular choice for insomniacs and people with other sleep problems. Being able to relax and quiet your mind is the first step to a restful sleep. Moreover, they make excellent additions to a meditation or yoga practice, and they can even help with concentration at work.

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