But what is pink noise, you ask? It works better than white noise.
When it comes to getting a good night’s rest, there’s almost nothing I wouldn’t try. From a pillow created just for side sleepers to cooling sheets, I’ve made it a personal goal to make my bed a place for rest, relaxation, and really good Zs.
However there’s one little caveat to perfecting my sleep oasis—I have to have some sort of fan or fan-like noise all night long (yes, my parents ruined me at a young age and now I can’t sleep without one). So when I heard about Honeywell’s Dreamweaver fan that uses something called pink noise to help you sleep better, I couldn’t wait to give it a try.
But what exactly is pink noise? While it’s similar to white noise in that they’re both nondescript sounds that help lull you to sleep, pink noise’s high and low frequencies mimic more natural sounds such as rain or ocean waves.
So when my iPhone app could no longer do the trick of playing soothing sounds all night, I decided it was time to invest in a fan again—but now that I live in a tiny New York apartment, I don’t have enough room for a large one. So when I was searching for small fans, Honeywell’s fit the bill for all the right reasons. After nights of tossing and turning in silence, I am now sleeping better than ever thanks to this super compact fan with tons of tricks up its sleeve.
Obviously the best part about the Dreamweaver fan is the soothing noise it produces, which is available at three different levels, so you can even run it throughout the day on low for pleasant background noise. But there are so many other features worth talking about as well.
Honeywell Dreamweaver Sleep Fan
To buy: $45; amazon.com.
It’s easy to use: Simply tap the top part of the fan to turn it on, and the controls will dim or completely turn off (which is important if you despise extra lights on while you’re trying to sleep). At only 9.6 x 9.2 x 8.2 inches, the fan is small enough for a nightstand or dresser without taking up extra tabletop space—it’s even equipped with a USB port to double as a phone charger! Whether you only want the fan on while you’re trying to fall asleep or would prefer to keep it running all night long, you can set it to do just that on a one, two, four, or eight-hour timer. And if you don’t love constant air blowing on you during the night, the fan can pivot and oscillate. There’s even a shutter that stops airflow altogether but keeps that soothing pink noise going.
With its price, size, and effectiveness, Honeywell’s Dreamwear fan is my new favorite sleeping hack I can’t wait to tell everyone about. As a newly converted pink noise believer, I’m finally saying goodbye to hearing NYC sirens all night.