Monday, August 6, 2012

Sleeping With Rain

It has come, thy rainy season. Some people would love to curl up, stay in bed, read a good book and have a cup of hot tea or coffee. I for one am very fond of the rainy weather because I feel very soothed and I love the beautiful sound of raindrops. With one of our class topics being running water and ground water, it has reminded us how the water cycle work and with this perfect combination of weather I got interested in knowing more about the sound of rain and connection with babies sleeping and adults.   

Baby Photo source from: Anne Geddes

Babies get stressed out a lot, being overwhelmed with the new world they’re in, the new faces, lights and excitement around them. Even though they stay asleep longer than they stay awake, with an average of 14 to 18 hours a day, it is normal for them to wake up every now and then, they may cry and cry until you’re left out not knowing what else to do already giving them milk, rocking and singing them lullabies.

White noise can help babies sleep because it reminds them of their time in their mothers’ womb. It is even said that you should use it until one year of age. The womb being deafening loud, it is just slightly less loud than a lawnmower. Anything from a clock, to a fish tank and radio static can help a baby sleep tight, so one can definitely use the sound of rain pouring as a white noise for calming babies.  

You don't need to spend money on fancy devices, you can use hairdryers, or just make your shushing more louder than the babies crying. Or use videos from YouTube just like the one above. Though this make work for babies, some adults may find it annoying or uncomfortable listening to this noises such as the sound of continuous rain pour. As one grows older, they can develop an ear condition called Tinnitus, it can affect how one's perception of sound is. It can be caused by an ear infection, and foreign objects inside the ear. So be careful, and take care of your ear and you can enjoy staying asleep with the rain!


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