The Effects of Noise on Your Life

effects of noise

Noise is a normal part of our life. In and of itself, background noise is not necessarily a bad thing, but you probably agree there are some pretty big differences between a soothing sound and a sharp and sudden noise that startles you. The truth is that noise has a surprisingly powerful effect on us throughout our daily lives,1 and in a way that can really add up over time!

What’s this mean for our poor ears? Read on to find out both the good and bad, and how you can help heal yourself with smarter use of sound!

effects of noiseWhy Does Noise Matter?

An overabundance of annoying, distracting, or unwanted sounds in the background is referred to as noise pollution. These aren’t gentle and soothing sounds like waves against the beach, the sound of wildlife at night, or the whirl of a box fan in the window.

Noise pollution can be traffic, the loud sounds of partying from a neighbor or next door bar, or more. Basically, if the sound doesn’t blend into the background, if it is causing headaches, being distracting, or just constantly preventing quiet then those sounds qualify as noise pollution.

If you’ve ever been exposed to a really annoying sound over a long period of time, then you know how much of a difference this can make. The constant sound is distracting, it can be stressful, and studies have shown that being exposed to noise pollution over time can cause a variety of health issues.

Negative Health Effectseffects oif

Noise pollution isn’t great for the brain or the nerves. While this probably isn’t news to you, science has backed up these first-hand experiences and added a surprising number of negative health effects that come from noise.

Even major organizations like the World Health Organization (WHO) & Center for Disease Control (CDC) have come forward about the negative health issues that can come from being exposed to too much noise pollution.2

So what are those potential health issues?

First, the obvious ones. Hearing issues. If the noise pollution is really loud, or just a constant drone at a certain level, then you can expect your hearing to go over time or even experience limited amounts of hearing loss. This leads to more stress and often problems sleeping, which leads to even more stress.

Those two can combine to cause high blood pressure which is a serious physical health issue that makes things like heart attack and stroke much higher possibilities. All of that from a little noise.

Can Sound Soothe?effects of noise

In the same way that the wrong type of noise can be really bad for the health, sound can be soothing and the right type of sounds can be a great way to help encourage sleep and leave you feeling better and healthier overall.

A study from researchers at Penn State University showed that the right types of sounds at night actually encouraged a good night’s sleep. These sounds included constant low level sounds like the whirl of a box fan at a steady setting or the similar sound of an air conditioner or diffuser running at night.3

Nature sounds also have a very powerful effect on us individually, and this mental health bonus and relaxation boost seem to occur whether we consider ourselves natural outdoors people or not! 4 When you see the “soothing sleep CD” on sale, it’s worth considering because these actually have been shown to be relaxing.

The sound of a gentle babbling brook, for example, is perfect for meditation or bedtime and can drown out minor noise pollution while creating a physiological response in your body that helps you relax and de-stress. When you have less anxiety, tension, or stress, it becomes far easier to enjoy a relaxing and healthy life.

It takes so little effort to start to block out noise pollution once you recognize it for what it is, and begin to use soothing sounds in ways that lead to a better and happier (not to mention healthier) life.

Don’t be afraid to add little essential oil into your relaxation routine. Check out MONQ’s Zen and Sleepy diffuser blends. Both are crafted to get you to that perfect relaxed state of mind.

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Krista Burton

By Krista Burton

Krista is an aromatherapy enthusiast who enjoys writing and researching about all the new aromatherapy trends. When she’s not busy writing and researching you can find her dreaming about being on the beach.

Favorite MONQ blend: Ocean

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The above information relates to studies of specific individual essential oil ingredients, some of which are used in the essential oil blends for various MONQ diffusers. Please note, however, that while individual ingredients may have been shown to exhibit certain independent effects when used alone, the specific blends of ingredients contained in MONQ diffusers have not been tested. No specific claims are being made that use of any MONQ diffusers will lead to any of the effects discussed above.  Additionally, please note that MONQ diffusers have not been reviewed or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. MONQ diffusers are not intended to be used in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, prevention, or treatment of any disease or medical condition. If you have a health condition or concern, please consult a physician or your alternative health care provider prior to using MONQ diffusers. MONQ blends should not be inhaled into the lungs.

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