I happen to love real nature sounds, especially crickets in the summer. I know its not always possible to hear nature in the city. But even a day of rain can put me in synch with myself creatively and the most powerfully relaxed.
As it rains now I’m being lulled to a meditative focus.
Sounds of nature… and all relaxing sounds do affect us in a biologically amazing way. ASU’s Ask A Biologist column explains:
“The scientists tested how classical music and nature sounds affect levels of cortisol and alpha-amylase.The alpha-amylase levels of people who listened to classical music went back to normal more quickly compared to the people listening to nature sounds. This suggests that relaxing music helps the body to return to a non-stressed state more quickly.
The people listening to relaxing music showed a stress response that was shorter compared to the other groups. The shorter response helps to prevent the body from getting worn out. This means that listening to relaxing music might help to improve the stress response and health.
Additionally, women that listened to music had higher levels of cortisol after stress than people who weren’t listening to anything. It was the people who listened to the nature sounds that had the lowest levels of cortisol. This means that listening to music during stress may not actually decrease stress. However, listening to nature sounds might do the trick.”
If you don’t have nature sounds readily available, there are so many recorded!!!
Calmsound is a super-cool website to hear nature sounds.
… and YouTube is a treasure trove of nature music.
I also happen to love Nature Sound Map to explore nature sounds from all over the globe.
But the easy breezy way to keep your computer out of your bedroom (feng shui friendly) and connect to nature as you sleep is the trusty nature white noise machine. You can go high end, like THESE from Brookstone. or simple, like this Sound Spa machine.
This is a simple way to de-stress, to focus and, yes, to sleep much more soundly.
And, if you want to know more about how an immersion in nature can affect your life for the better, THIS article is for you.
I’m off to get lost in the rain music… Enjoy!