I Can't Sleep Without Background Noise

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 477 People

    Need An Audio Book

    I can not sleep with out an audio book, as a kid my parents always had the tv loud, so when i went to sleep it was always to something. Thankfully I can sleep through a Twister, but if a pin drops i wake up.
    MoriartyWolf MoriartyWolf
    31-35, M
    Jul 25, 2011

    Wind, Crickets And Trains

    I can't sleep in stuffy silence.  I like having a window open, or at least a fan blowing.  I need moving air and the light sound of breezes or humming fan blades.  Perhaps because of always keeping a window open, except in the dead of winter, I also seem to have an instinctive...
    WildMagic WildMagic
    26-30, F
    Feb 23, 2011


    My hearing is excellent or better than regular people but I don't want to get into details of why and how! But if I try to sleep without music, I won't sleep at all. I can hear the smallest things or I just know if someones close by or coming to our door. But just the smallest...
    Silence01 Silence01
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jun 13, 2012

    Thought I Was Alone!

    I sleep with the TV on so low I can hear voices but can't make out what they're saying. I have that "white noise" effect that way, but if I can hear what they're saying I get interested and can't sleep.
    Tamytha Tamytha
    36-40, F
    Feb 27, 2012

    I Need Noise - But Not From The Neighbors

    I live in a basement apartment.I need "white noise" so I leave the television on and one of the two kitchen lights in case I get up in the middle of the night - it's a long walk to my bathroom from the bedroom. I can't sleep in total silence - there's no way. But another reason I...
    MaryJanine MaryJanine
    61-65, F
    Apr 19, 2013


    The sound of water helps me sleep. It can be a waterfall, the ocean/beach, a brook, a thunderstorm (ok, that isn't water but it has the same feel), and rain!! I absolutely love the sound of rain. That's the one I usually use.Although, on very restless nights, the sound of rain...
    AquariusMe AquariusMe
    31-35, F
    2 Responses May 9, 2011

    Need Noise And Light To Sleep

    I can't sleep without some kind of background noise and light on. I don't know why. I sleep best when my dad is still up and he's watching tv. The TV's noise, and the light shines on the wall right outside my room and helps me stay calm or something, I dunno. At my mom's, she's...
    cfgone cfgone
    May 17, 2013

    I have to sleep with the TV on

    so there's noise in the background, otherwise I just stay awake for hours
    thefurthestthing thefurthestthing
    18-21, F
    1 Response May 23, 2015

    Backround Noise<3

    Whenever I'm lucky enough to actually GET to sleep, I need some sort of noise In the room. A ticking clock, fan, window open or something or else I just lay there going crazy, I'm not sure why but it's very hard for me to fall asleep in silence. My cute mini fans my favorite...
    KawaiiDoll KawaiiDoll
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jun 8, 2011

    If I Could Sleep With A Lawnmower Running, I Would

    I sleep with an air conditioner and a fan on high. There's another machine too, but I have no clue what it is. It probably doesn't even work anymore (I've had it for about 10 years) but it makes the most amazing noise. It's tough to sleep without all this background noise. At a...
    LenoraLouise LenoraLouise
    18-21, F
    Jul 2, 2013


    I worry, I have racing thoughts when I should sleep.  I found that having talk radio (in my case BBC Radio5 live, worth the licence fee on its own) with the sound down really quiet works for me.  I'm vaguely interested in what they're talking about, but it's just too hard to...
    CrookedMan CrookedMan
    1 Response Jan 1, 2012

    Trains And baseball

    I live within a mile of a baseball stadium, a 24/7 industrial plant and a rail yard with a main line track. ya think? My girl lives in the country and it's hard to sleep there because it's quiet. When it's warm we leave the windows open... that is if she ever lets me come over...
    astounded1088 astounded1088
    31-35, M
    Nov 20, 2011

    Audiobooks, podcasts,

    radio, anything that's people talking. And it has to be an interesting topic that I want to listen to, planted in the middle of a shuffled playlist. I especially like and recommend Stuff You Should Know, Radiolab, How To Do Everything, Stuff You Missed In History Class, Stuff...
    stormthenb stormthenb
    Jun 5, 2015

    Background Noise

    Background noise,Find it soothing,Silence,Too much for me,The highway,Whatever,I don't mind,It helps me sleep,The thoughts it brings,Makes me think,As I drift off.
    startinover1 startinover1
    May 8, 2012

    Just Cant Sleep In The Quiet

    I cannot sleep when it is quiet. I find it creepy. I have always liked falling asleep in front of the tv, the comforting glow and hum of voices. Or maybe falling asleep listening to classical music. At the moment though I cant sleep without my fan on.
    TalkN3rdy2Me TalkN3rdy2Me
    26-30, F
    4 Responses Feb 22, 2011

    I Can't Sleep In Silence Usually.

    Usually, I fall asleep to my ipod. I can almost never fall asleep in complete silence. I love to have a faint noise in the backround when I'm trying to sleep. It makes me feel like I'm not completely alone and all. It's weird, but I'd rather sleep in noise.
    LoveLindseyMusic420 LoveLindseyMusic420
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Feb 26, 2010

    In need of some suggestions.

    I used to fall asleep with my laptop playing Youtube videos on repeat while my boyfriend worked weeknights, and on weekend nights I would fall asleep to him playing video games(His rage is adorable... Most of the time). Now he's working 12 hour shifts and is home at nights, I'm...
    Huskymania2 Huskymania2
    22-25, F
    1 Response Apr 7, 2015
    jazzyd690 jazzyd690
    36-40, M
    Jan 1, 2014

    I Can...

    ...but I do prefer usually to have something in the background. Static or techno work best. But a lot of other things work. Pure quiet usually leaves me with my thoughts, and those are usually too loud for me to sleep with. Booze works too.
    WonderlustKing WonderlustKing
    22-25, M
    4 Responses Jul 20, 2010

    I Can't Sleep Without Background Noise

    I have to have a fan or air filter going all night long
    jazzyd690 jazzyd690
    36-40, M
    Dec 20, 2010

    I need to hear something.

    Cars, planes, crickets. I need to hear something. The silence scares me. Every night I play music until I fall asleep. Without it I just can't sleep.
    Raven628 Raven628
    18-21, F
    1 Response Apr 5, 2014


    the noise feels safe for me. i can't say i completely dislike silence because it's valuable in many experiences in my life. but i also just realized that the noise also masks a lot. fear. [i would rather not hear strange sounds in the dark]. loneliness. [i forget easier how alone...
    TheRealMimi TheRealMimi
    31-35, F
    Feb 26, 2010

    I Must Have My Fan

    For me, I cannot sleep without my little oscillating fan. I'll have a fan on year-round. Summer, winter, doesn't matter. Trying to sleep in complete silence is just weird to me.
    Nevermore90 Nevermore90
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Oct 4, 2011

    Background Noise

    "I CAN NOT SLEEP" without background noise! I have to have some kinda white noise in order for me to sleep. Right now I have a nice loud floor fan that does the trick. The only thing is whenever the fan stops running for whatever reason whether it be a power out, someone turns...
    martymcfly1274 martymcfly1274
    36-40, M
    1 Response Apr 24, 2011

    Sleep W/o Noise!

    I saw this group and got excited! I can never fall asleep unless there is something playing in the room, usually tv. It's really strange to think that noise would help make people fall asleep, but the silence is more noisy to me than my tv, if that makes any sense. I've tried...
    RedSkittle RedSkittle
    2 Responses Jul 12, 2010

    I Cant...

    ....have silence when I am sleeping. It freaks me out. Usually I have the radio or tv on.
    deleted deleted
    4 Responses Apr 11, 2010

    I can't sleep without music I love listening

    to my favorite bands going to sleep cx
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Jun 4, 2015

    Cant Sleep Without Noise....

    I need to sleep with a loud fan on to help calm my body down. Then maybe after a while I can sleep.
    qbranchxvi qbranchxvi
    31-35, M
    4 Responses Jan 13, 2012

    Family Guy

    I know it sounds funny and people reading this are so laughing. It's okay, Laugh. I like making people laugh anyway. I just can't fall asleep unless I'm listening to Family Guy on Netflix. I don't even have to watch it... I just need to be able to hear it. Sometimes I can fall...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Sep 15, 2011

    I have to have something to fall asleep to.

    Music, TV, radio. Silence causes anxiety. If I stay over at someone's home I am petrified of lying in the dark, alone with my insomnia, trying not to make any noise.
    deleted deleted
    Jan 1, 2016
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