If you live in the UK, we are dealing with one of the hottest days ever known, but the biggest challenge for me so far has been trying to fall asleep during it.
Managing the heat during the day has been good for me – especially being in the coldest area of the house, using three apps, having a fan constantly on, and a fridge full of bottled water, ready to go.
But falling asleep, you’re trying to switch off while your room looks like the Sahara desert, and two fans just weren’t working for me.
While we’ve already talked about the background noise feature available in iOS 15, I needed to use something more powerful to help me sleep. this is where dark noise (opens in new tab) enter, available on iOS for $9.99 / £9.99 / AU$10.99 (opens in new tab)has the standard noise types like Pink, Brown, Gray and White, but this app goes further.
Making the rain till 11
Dark Noise, created by Charlie Chapman (opens in new tab)I always had it on my iPhone and Mac as a way to help me focus when some urgent work needed to be done.
The app offers several different noises, divided into seven categories:
- Home appliances
You can also create your own noises, so if you have a blender nearby, for example, this can be recorded while making a smoothie for you.
There are lots of widgets and shortcuts you can configure too, so certain noises in the app are just a few taps away, but I wanted to configure it in a different way this time.
At 2am, during the UK’s biggest heat wave, I was getting impatient. This might just be me, but I like to imagine scenarios as I try to fall asleep, and as there were two fans blowing right in my face, I was picturing myself flying across the UK, much like Superman, but without the suit.
However, that still wasn’t working, especially when the heat was making everything uncomfortable. That’s when I thought of using Dark Noise and activating the ‘Thunderstorm’ noise. But instead of just playing this on my iPhone, I also turned on the weather effect on the iPad so the noise could be amplified.
Soon after, I fell asleep. It was ideal, as I also dreamed of running in the rain, so mission accomplished for Dark Noise.
At the time of this writing (July 19), the day is slowly approaching 40 degrees Fahrenheit, but that will be manageable. It’s the next night where it can be a fight once again. But after last night being saved by Dark Noise, it will be the first app I’ll use once I try to fall asleep, and I recommend you do the same if you’re struggling too.