For some people, silence isn’t conducive to sleep. They need some background noise to help them drift off, but too much noise can be just as disruptive. Enter the sound machine, also known as a white-noise machine or sleep machine. WIRED’s gear reviewers have tested a range of machines and picked out their favorites. The machines are suitable for a variety of scenarios, from muffling noise from your gaming session to blocking out your partner’s snoring.
Not getting enough sleep is a common problem, but it can often feel like there’s nothing you can do about it. However, the right tools can make a big difference. Sound machines are just one example of the technology available to help you get a better night’s sleep. WIRED has put together a range of buying guides to cover various aspects of sleep, from mattresses to sunrise alarm clocks.
The list of sound machines covers a range of prices and features, so there should be something to suit your needs. The machines have different settings, so you can customize the sound to your preferences. Some machines also include additional features, such as a night light or a humidifier.
WIRED updates its recommendations regularly, so you can trust that the choices on the list are current. In the latest update, the Baby Brezza portable machine and the Hatch Restore 2 have been added. Additionally, the Allway Aqua 10 Bluetooth speaker and humidifier have been added to the honorable mentions section.
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