Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Marpac DOHM-DS Blocks Out Noise to Help Me Sleep

Do Noises Keep You from Sleeping?

All my life I've had trouble getting to sleep. Recently I solved some of my sleep problems with a better bed and solutions for my knee pain. I finally found natural supplements to help me relax at night and a mask to block the morning light when I need to sleep late in the morning. The last thing that tended to keep me awake were night noises I couldn't control. I wore out my music and rain CD's and although they had helped relax me, they still had contrasting quieter portions in them that did not block out all noise. Ear plugs didn't block out the sounds that disturbed me, either, from snoring to chirping birds. Instead, ear plugs just hurt my ears without making much difference in the noise level. I  finally found a new solution. The Marpac DOHM-DS sound machine blocks out noise to help me sleep through annoying sounds.

The Marpac DOHM-DS Helps Me Sleep Through Annoying Noises
My DOHM-DS Sleep Machine, © B. Radisavljevic

The Marpac DOHM-DS Helps Me Sleep Through Annoying Noises
Barking Dog
 © B. Radisavljevic
Can you relate to any of this? I climb into bed really tired. I've taken my sleeping supplements and calmed my mind. I am finally settled into a comfortable position. As I'm about to drop off into dreamland, the neighbor's dog starts barking, or someone parked practically outside my window on the street gets into his truck, slams the door and then sits there for what seems an eternity letting his loud diesel engine warm up before roaring away.

As I'm just getting settled and about to drop off again, my husband gets up to go to the bathroom and flushes the toilet which makes a series of loud sounds that indicate it's struggling to flush even though it's almost new. I finally manage to get to sleep and when the sun comes up, the windows start making this strange repetitive clicking noise. I think the temperature change makes them expand and contract. It's a  bit like a dripping faucet next to my bed. I could never sleep through it. The sound was too loud for my CD to drown out.

Using White Noise to Mask Annoying Sounds

In the past I had tried a cheap white noise machine with nature sounds that sounded really fake and did not relax me. Chirpy birds tell me to wake up, not sleep. I'd rather hear ocean waves breaking without the sea gulls, thanks. I prefer rain without loud claps of thunder. I mentioned in a previous post how my rain CD helped me, but it finally wore out because I had played it all night long for months. As I was searching Amazon with the thought of replacing it, I decided to take another look at the white noise machines.

I discovered that white noise today has progressed a lot. It's like comparing cassette tapes to MP3 music. After reading a lot of reviews, I decided to try a moderately priced compact white noise machine -- the DOHM-DS by Marpac. Simply put, it's a small fan in a round case. You can see it in the introductory photo. That's the one I have used for almost a month now. It takes up a little less room on my dresser than a soup bowl would and it's shorter than a 28-oz can of tomatoes. That is a small footprint even I found room for.

How the DOHM Works

The Marpac DOHM-DS Helps Me Sleep Through Annoying Noises
I plug it in, press a button and it's good to go all night long. It sounds like a steady wind that doesn't howl. Those are the controls in the photo. No programming needed. Press the top line for a medium sound. Press the bottom double line for the loudest sound. Press the circle in the center to turn it off. What could be easier.

Since the sound isn't digital, there are no little whirring sounds as there are when a CD is getting ready to replay or shut off. Neither have there been any metallic sounds that ceiling and other fans sometimes can make. I think I may be even able to travel again and actually sleep in the same room with my husband and his CPAP machine in a motel. The DOHM is portable and will work anywhere there's a polarized AC electric outlet. Marpac's DOHM blocks out barking dogs, the annoying window noise, slamming doors, car engines, power tools, and other obnoxious sounds.

It will not block a car alarm going off outside your window, as I found out two nights ago in the middle of the night. It will not completely muffle your husband's voice if he's on the phone on the other side of the wall talking as though the other person is on the moon instead of on the phone. I found that out this morning. It's not likely you will sleep through a smoke alarm going off, either, but that's good, right? I think it would muffle those nerve-wracking chirps when the battery of that same alarm is letting you know it needs to be changed at 2 AM and you don't have a replacement battery in the house.

The sound in the DOHM is somewhat adjustable. Besides the volume,  you can also change the tone of the wind sound by turning the top until you find the sound that's best for your ears. The sound may take a couple of nights to get used to, but after that, you won't notice it much anymore and it will block out the other sounds that have been keeping you awake or making it hard to get back to sleep after a bladder call. In case you're wondering, the fan does not cool the air in your room. Even if you hold your hand about six inches from the unit, you can   barely feel the air moving.

The Marpac DOHM White Noise Machine Really Solved My Problem

After several weeks with my DOHM now, I would heartily recommend it to others whose sleep is being disturbed or prevented by bothersome noises in an otherwise quiet environment. Are you a day sleeper in a neighborhood where neighbors or their gardeners use loud power equipment? Do you have a baby who is too often awakened by noises you can't control? A garage band next door? The DOHM is a perfect solution.

Amazon offers plenty of choices in white noise machines. I put one I still covet on my wish list, since it still offers me rain and ocean and other nature sounds. It is the Ecotones Sound + Sleep Machine and gets rave reviews. I just can't afford it yet.You can read the reviews and hear what it sounds like if you click the link. Meanwhile, my DOHM blocks out the night noises for me at half the price.

Get your Marpac DOHM at Amazon and enjoy the absence of sleep-interrupting sounds. Sometimes what you don't hear makes all the difference.

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  1. I have known several people who have trouble with those types of noises disturbing their rest. I have no doubt they would love this machine (or either of them for that matter.) The city noises that you referred to, for the most part, I find relaxing myself. I like knowing there are dogs in the neighborhood watching out for us and neighbors who are awake. What I don't like is the dude across the street that thinks his motorcycle is supposed to heat up for 10 minutes before he drives off at 4am in the morning. His motorcycle is a bit much for even me. Wonder if there is a way to set the machine so I can still hear the doggies but get rid of the motorcycle :) Excellent review Barb! I really do know several people who would benefit from your recommendation.

    1. I have a dude like that here, too. That's one reason I needed this. I'm more used to the rural night sounds in Templeton -- owls, crickets, relaxing sounds. I think it was the repetitive window sounds and the people coming and going and warming up engines outside my window at all hours that really pushed me into getting the machine. I like its portability. If the power tool noises outside start driving me crazy when I'm writing, I can move the DOHM into my office.

  2. Our son works at night and has a tough timing sleeping during the day. Maybe this "wind machine" would work for him. There certainly are times I could use it, too. I like the idea of a wind that doesn't howl; it's not unusual for howling winds to wake me up, but I do find a fan or wind sound comforting. Thanks for the review and personal recommendation. Glad you found something that works for you!

    1. Fans work well if they don't make mechanical noises. The ceiling fan in my bedroom in Templeton does make noises. The Marpac doesn't make any noise except the one it's supposed to make. It really helps a late sleeper like me.

  3. My son suffers from insomnia and uses a noise machine every night as he has a hard time sleeping. Good to have an excellent recommendation of another type. I'll have to send him this review and have him check it out.

    1. Thanks, Elf. It's the best solution I've found yet that I can afford. I know there are much classier models, but anything that works suits me.

  4. I'd love having the one that plays ocean sounds. Really, I have no trouble with night noises unless it is my heater. That one thing bothers me so I turn the heat down at night.

    1. Even the clicks from my electric blanket can keep me awake. When I slept at my mom's once on a visit, she couldn't understand why I took the battery operated wall clock off the wall and put it in another room because it clicked every time the hands moved. Any repetitive noise like that makes me too tense to sleep. I think I'm just weird in that respect.

  5. These are kinda of nifty devices for winter around here. In the summer the fan blows at night, but in the winter there isn't a steady sound and my hubby always wants to keep the fan on. (he is nuts because it is around 56 degrees in our room in the winter) This would be a great solution.

    1. It's a wonderful solution, since this blocks the sound without cooling the room.


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