Study: White noise and sleep induction

Study: White noise and sleep induction

Studies

How white noise affects the quality and duration of sleep of neonates

Evaluating nature-based sounds as a treatment to reduce stress and anxiety symptoms

Issue in this study was the question whether white noise has a significant effect on newborn babies (neonates). This study suggests with an above-average-significance that white noise has a soothing effect on its recipients. White in the control group without noise 25% of neonates fell asleep in the timeframe of observation, 80% of neonates fell asleep hearing white noise. Furthermore the time asleep increased by ~20% exposing the neonates to white noise.

Evaluating nature-based sounds as a treatment to reduce stress and anxiety symptoms

Issue in this study was the question whether white noise has a significant effect on newborn babies (neonates). This study suggests with an above-average-significance that white noise has a soothing effect on its recipients. White in the control group without noise 25% of neonates fell asleep in the timeframe of observation, 80% of neonates fell asleep hearing white noise. Furthermore the time asleep increased by ~20% exposing the neonates to white noise.

J A D Spencer, D J Moran, A Lee, D Talbert

Institute of Obstetric sand Gynaecology, Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital, London

Methodology:

  • 20 Neonates 2-7 Days old (m/f)
Goal: Evaluate impact of white noise on sleep quality and duration


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Results:
With white noise 80% of neonates fell asleep (without noise only 25%!)
White Noise increased sleep duration by 20%



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