Clinical Effects of White Noise on Improving Sleep Quality: A Literature Review
- 10.2991/assehr.k.220401.089How to use a DOI?
- White noise; Sleep quality; Clinical effect; EEG
White noise is a non-pharmacological way to speed up falling asleep and improve sleep quality which has high operability and simplicity. The prevailing view is that the scientific basis for this approach is “providing a relatively safe and comfortable environment” and “masking ambient noise”. This review provides a comprehensive review of the literature on the effects of continuous white noise on sleep quality. Animal studies were excluded, as were studies of the clinical effects of drug interventions on white noise. Sleeping quality included assessments of sleep onset latency, number of sleep interruptions, time to fall back to sleep after interruptions, time spent in deep sleep, and environmental noise. Heterogeneity exists in the loudness range of white noise, measures of sleep quality, adherence to intervention control conditions or interventions, and co-existing experimental interventions. There may be variability in the findings, with extreme cases where constant noise improves or interferes with sleep. There exists strong evidence which is age-specific and occasion-specific in existing studies that white noise improves sleep quality.
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TY - CONF AU - Huizi Cao PY - 2022 DA - 2022/04/08 TI - Clinical Effects of White Noise on Improving Sleep Quality: A Literature Review BT - Proceedings of the 2022 International Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities and Arts (SSHA 2022) PB - Atlantis Press SP - 476 EP - 480 SN - 2352-5398 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.220401.089 DO - 10.2991/assehr.k.220401.089 ID - Cao2022 ER -