The Magical Machine That’ll Help You Through Sleepless Nights

There are two types of people: those who can sleep through anything, and those of us who hate those people. My husband falls asleep before his head even touches the pillow. Sometimes when I look over at him sleeping peacefully, I want to smother him. For us light sleepers, everything is a problem. City noises: loud neighbors, car horns, subway rumbling, and 4 a.m. garbage truck squeals if you live in New York like I do. Even if you live in the sticks, you’ve got to contend with crickets and frogs and the deafening sound of your most embarrassing memory replaying itself over and over in your mind while you stare at the ceiling. Oh, and screens: they’re bad, too. If you’re not borderline narcoleptic, you’re probably sitting awake awake longer than you intended. Fix your night; buy the Marpac Dohm Sound Machine.

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If you’ve ever been to an acupuncturist’s office, you’ve probably seen one of these small, round toy spaceship-looking machines. They’ve been around since 1962, and the design hasn’t changed since the era of Don Draper. The original founder, an insomniac named Jim Buckwalter, jammed a turntable motor and small fan inside a dog bowl, and then encased that in a disc of foam-covered wood. The rushing air inside created a deeply soothing sound, and soon friends and family were asking for his sleep machine. Old advertisements for the Marpac SleepMate (as the Dohm was called then) claim it “masks out disturbing noises, helps you sleep without drugs.”

I’ve tried everything else. Earplugs, which my friends swear by, but fall out while I sleep. All the apps: Rain Rain, White Noise, and Noisli. The sound quality is only as good (read: bad) as your phone’s speaker, and there’s nothing worse than when an app designed to help you fall asleep turns off midway through the night—generally right when your roommate, child, or neighborhood ambulance decides to disrupt your peaceful slumber. (Yes, you can upgrade to the paid app that will go on endlessly but I haven’t liked any enough to upgrade.) Besides, none can recreate the blissfully flat, analog ambient whir of the Dohm. My only complaint? Once you start getting used to sleeping with the White Noise Sound Machine, you’ll want a travel size as small as a bottle of Ambien.

There is also a portable version for baby’s:

Marpac Hushh For Baby, Portable White Noise Sound Machine, Electronic, Gray
Marpac Hushh For Baby, Portable White Noise Sound Machine, Electronic, Gray

And a portable version for you:

Marpac Rohm Portable White Noise Sound Machine, Electronic, White, 3.7 Ounce
Marpac Rohm Portable White Noise Sound Machine, Electronic, White, 3.7 Ounce

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