Rain sounds to help you sleep the night.
Daily life poems

Rain sounds for sleep? Yes, please. Pink rain sounds.

What rain sounds like to me.

My whole hunt for rain sounds, to help me sleep, started with the poem below ๐Ÿ‘€.

Rain, rain.

Play me that song again.

The one with the trick(ity) sounds, softly caressing my brain.

It starts off so slow I barely hear you.

I have to pause – to hear you better.

Then, you suddenly grow louder. Pricklier.

At first, I get scared. Your sound seems to come from nowhere. Your falsetto is ringing in my ears – then you take a break.

Making me want more. Longing for your tunes.

I silently pray for you to sing to me again.

When you do – I am in awe of you.

Your dark musky baritone voice – commanding me to listen .

And that I do.

You always play hard to get. But when you deliver – no human or being can object. To the majestic voices you sing. And sang to us over the years.

I donโ€™t know how to transfer your serenades to words.

I can only show how you make me feel.

My stomach jumps up and down, with a pang of pain, pleasure, and excitement.

My body follows your every move – sleeping, singing, or dancing.

At times, I think I hear you. But it is not you I hear.

Your voice so deeply ingrained into my unconscious.

My brain calls to you before I do.

I hear you in my brain.

Not on paper or through my voice.

You belong to the skies and god(s).

You decide when to sing to us mere mortals.

Every time you sing-we listen whether we want to or not.

Rain rain, promise youโ€™ll sing to me again.

I love rain aesthetics

Rain aesthetics are popular in videos and photographs. It is not surprising.

Rain is addictive to look at. However, horrible to walk under when you are carrying grocery bags. Ew, sticky hair stuck to your face. You get the picture.

Conversely, rain can also entice child-like giggles from people of all ages. The quick dash as soon as the first raindrop falls is always exhilarating.

Dancing in the rain is so fun that a classic movie scene exists about it.

Rain is and will stay a temperament that excites people.

Rain drops on purple leaf.
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But, how about rain helping you fight insomnia and sleep issues during quarantine?

Especially, if you are stuck at home with COVID, and sick. Sometimes, the process of trying and needing to sleep- but being unable to reach the REM stage of sleep (i.e., rapid eye movement stage) is annoying.

This is where rain sounds come in.

The attempts to replicate rain is studied by scientists and musicians, not just a wannabe poet.

Where it all started (for me)…

I just came out of the shower, wearing only a towel, when I heard rain falling. Mesmerized by the sounds of the rain, I sat down on the ground.

Still in the towel, I was simply listening to the sound of water frequencies changing.

That is when I felt compelled to share the water symphony I was hearing with anybody willing to read.

I am not a musician. My music is words. Yet, I failed to reproduce what I heard.

Woman lying down in towel on a grey bean bag.
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Trial and error: Trying to remember rain sounds

The subtle sounds were so distinct. I tried to copy them to paper but failed each time. It is difficult to hear something and fail to portray it. Wishia tia. No, that’s not it. Driiip. Again no. This is confusing. I can hear it in my memory but cannot verbalize it.

Frankly, I was just thinking how pretty the rain was and almost like a lullaby.

Trying to catch the sounds of rain on cassette tape.
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This is the part where I am in awe of the special effects professionals and musicians who compose rain sounds. On top of all that, they help us sleep ๐Ÿ™Œ.

The “sound color” of rain

No, that is not a typo. Apparently, rain has a color linked to its sound. I was today years old when I found out.

A very interesting study found that forest sounds like bird and water sounds can help us sleep. Weirdly, noise can be pink and white. In this vein, think pink. Pink and white noises help us fall asleep quicker.

Since when did noises have colors? There is a whole new world of things I never heard of. White noises are both:

  • Continuous
  • Repetitive

Fun fact: Steady or consistent rain is considered a pink sound. Furthermore, when sleeping reducing brain waves is beneficial.

Pink wall paper to showcase the color
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Unfortunately, there is still not enough evidence to show if rain helps us sleep.

This is still a mystery. It is very experimental.

When you are desperate to sleep you can try experimental.

I’m glad I’m not crazy and the only one

I’m sure there are a lot of people and sound engineers who tried to capture the sound of rain. That is how we have rain soundtracks.

However, I was curious to unpack the sound back, to its source. Apparently, sounds like rain and water all boil down to a single bubble sound.

The exact term the writer uses is, “The synthesis of a single bubble sound”. Well, I am no sound engineer or expert. So, I’ll leave you the link to read and figure out on your own.

Instead, I will focus on the consumption aspect of rain sounds. I am a fan. An audience member.

Rain for sleep.

I am listening to this sound now; it is helping me keep calm as I write this. It seems to be helping with my anxiety. Still, I am unsure if it will help with my insomnia. I will let you know.

On the other hand, I am still fully awake, and the sound is making me want to pee. How will this work when I am sleeping? I don’t know. Unlike, toddlers I don’t have diapers. EEK, going to the bathroom at night is already a battle.

Child sleeping with diaper at night listening to rain sounds.
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In context, I tried listening to the 7-hour lullaby on YouTube to sleep before, it did not work. It just annoyed me. I think sounds at night can either help someone or severely annoy them depending on their personality. Here’s to hoping it helps.

Rain sounds for sleep: Will it help with insomnia?

Are you always kicking your covers? Tossing and turning to no avail. Maybe, try listening to rain sounds.

Interestingly, a 2011 study found that children who listened to rain sounds fell asleep quicker than those who listened to lullabies. However, there is a catch. This difference only showed on the first day.

Woman suffering from insomnia, unable to sleep.
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In other words, maybe it worked because it was a new sound. Granted, this study was for young kids. However, I think it could work for adults too. This study focuses on the first 20 minutes of nap-time.

That is great for the kids, but what about us adults? If you are like me and suddenly find yourself unable to sleep, it can never hurt to try something new. Maybe, not necessarily a rain sound. Try a sound you find calming.

Full disclosure: I have not tried sleeping with rain sounds yet. However, I plan on it and will get back to you. It was in my depths of desperation listening to the rain sounds, that I thought this sound was relaxing. I have no idea if this will work.

However, I do know that our environment affects us more than we think. But don’t take my word for it. Actually, if you know anything about the topic, please send me information. I want to know more. However, I faced a brick wall looking for research on Google Scholar.

It is raining again. That means it is time for me to go. Hopefully it will help me sleep too.


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