In a report from The Huffington Post, sleep medicine doctor Christopher Winter discusses why noise can help some people fall, and stay, asleep.

Dr. Christopher Winter, a neurologist and sleep medicine doctor in Charlottesville, Virginia, explained to The Huffington Post how it can actually help some people fall — and stay — asleep.

“It’s very important that the room is quiet — that’s the optimal situation for sleep,” said Winter, who’s also a HuffPost blogger. “But noise machines do a good job if the individual is not capable of conditioning the sound of their room.”

Our brains continue to process sounds while we’re asleep — which is why noise can wake us up. So if you can’t get rid of all the sounds in and around your bedroom, a noise machine might be the way to go.

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