SNOOZ White Noise Sound Machine
I found the SNOOZ white noise sound machine because I'm on a business trip*, and holy mother freighter did I sleep bad last night. Up at 2 a.m. and then again at 5 a.m. listening to a cacophony of rail squeal conducted by Union Pacific or BNSF or whichever god-forsaken railway baron sends their screeching, metal-gnashing trains through the middle of a city fast asleep.
My first order of business this morning - after coffee and a hearty tirade - was to look up noise cancellation devices for sleeping. And between earplugs that make it uncomfortable to sleep on your side, quilted fiberglass panels that cost hundreds of dollars, and a white noise machine that doesn't touch my body, costs less than $100, and can probably be procured at store within walking distance, the latter won me over.
I found the fan-based SNOOZ particularly appealing because it's travel-friendly and nice-looking, so if I like it I'll take it home with me and just keep using it. After all, sleeping better never hurt anyone, 'eh?
The SNOOZ generates its white noise with a fan impeller embedded in an acoustically optimized enclosure. The fan spins to your selected volume and "tone" settings. The former has 10 settings, ranging from light stir to "all-out roar of a renegade box fan," and the latter spans from a light fan sound, like a table fan, to a deep fan drone, like an airplane cabin.
None of the SNOOZ volume or tone options produce any actual blowing or airflow, but since the fan component is real, its white noise effect is too, as opposed to a machine that simply loops recorded sounds.
The SNOOZ white noise machine works best placed away from your bed, and is effective at drowning out street noise, loud neighbors, snoring, barking dogs, tinnitus, noisy hotel rooms, and, oh please sweet Baby Jesus, squealing freight trains.
If sleep is your problem, but noise isn't what's causing it, check out my list of essentials for a good night's sleep.
*OK, weeklong boys' trip