The rainy season is welcome with joy among lots of societies and cultures all over the world. It helps farmers have successful yields, it washes away the dust that was brought about as a result of the dry season and according to some people, it helps them sleep better especially at night. What does rain have to do with sleeping better? It has not been scientifically proven that you sleep better when it rains but here are a few convincing points to note.
Rain sounds are comforting. It comes with a rhythmic pattern as it hits the roof or ground that sounds like a lullaby. This lullaby-kind-of-sound is called the “pink noise”. Pink noise is a kind of background noise that has all the frequencies that a humans ear can hear, ranging from 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz. Pink noise has lower volumes at higher frequencies, which according to some research may improve our quality of sleep by decreasing our brain activity.
In addition, it is normally colder when it rain and the colder temperature is known to help with sleeping. I asked a group of students the best time they are able to sleep in the night and most of them said the best time they could get a good night’s sleep is between 1 AM and 6 PM. This is because during that time the temperature has started dropping and there is some chill in the weather. This goes on to support the claim that, cold temperature aids sleep and a rainy day brings cold temperature.
Furthermore, human activities are restricted when it rains. Many outdoor activities are restricted and for those who have nothing to do, sleeping is a good choice. Because human activities are restricted, there is less noise, which further makes sleeping enjoyable.
It has also been noticed that many students skip early morning class and attendance is low when it rains as compared to normal weathered days. Being curled up in bed on a rainy day brings its own kind of pleasure but make sure you don’t get entangled in that pleasure and miss that important interview you must attend, or that early morning zoom meeting you have with your client or that 9 AM class you have at school.
by: Eunice Tawiah Aboagye