I’ve always been a light sleeper. As a kid, I’d bang on the bedroom wall to try to get my brother in the next room to stop snoring. In college, I’d beg the guy down the hall to turn down his stereo. Every spring, I’d sleep with my windows closed so chirping birds wouldn’t wake me up in the morning.
Then, I moved to New York City and didn’t sleep for two years.
The old nickname for New York is true: It really is the city that never sleeps. All night long, you hear garbage trucks rumbling, sirens blaring, car doors slamming, drunks yelling, or your upstairs neighbors reorganizing their living room at 3 a.m.
So for my first couple years as a New Yorker, I barely slept. I would lie awake in bed for hours, fixating on every crash, bang, and creak, and getting a few fitful hours here and there. I tried ear plugs, covering my head with a pillow, keeping my TV on all night, and running a fan, but nothing worked.
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One morning, after being kept up until 5 a.m. by my neighbor’s video games, I went on Amazon, searched for white noise machines, and bought their top seller: the LectroFan. The $50 price tag seemed steep—but with over 5,000 five-star reviews, I decided it had to be worth a try.
Two days later (thanks, Amazon Prime), my sleep gadget arrived. And…it worked.
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That first night, I slept hard. I’ve never spent a night without it since. I even take it with my when I travel—it’s compact enough to easily fit in a carry-on, and I was grateful to have it on a recent trip to Rome, when I arrived to my AirBnB and realized it was above a loud bar.
The LectroFan has 20 sounds to choose from—10 ambient noise variations and 10 fan sounds—and I found one that sounds like a box fan and manages to block out nearly all noise coming from the street and my neighbors. Though you might guess that someone bothered by noise would be kept up by even more noise, somehow, that’s not the case. I find the constant whir soothing, and now it’s an essential element of my bedtime routine. I crawl into bed and click on the machine, and it’s like the hum signals to my brain that it’s time to catch some z’s.
This may sound crazy, but it’s true: the LectroFan changed my life for the better. Now that I’ve been using it for close to four years, I can look back and see that my two years of insomnia had a real impact on my work, my relationships, and my overall health.
The LectroFan—which Women’s Health recently named one of the best sleep machines—is worth every penny of its regular $50 price. But for today only, Amazon has it marked down to $35. If it can give me the type of sleep other people only dream of, then it could work for you, too.
Source: Women’s Health Mag