Geez, no wonder I don’t post more often. With all the false starts I’ve had on this, my 2nd Nablopomo post, I’m about ready to give up. Yet, I shall persevere.
There is something about trying to write about the sound of rain that leads one to want to some how, some way, incorporate kitchy song lyrics about rain. I finally had to search YouTube and find a recording of “My Favorite Things” from the “Sound of Music” soundtrack just to stop the loop in my head – “raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, blah blah blah blah blah and warm woolen mittens, la la la la la la la la la laaaa, these are a few of my favorite things.” And once I scratched that itch and the idea to try to incorporate that song into that post, what crept in in its stead? “Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head” whose only lyric that I remember is the first and title line, “raindrops keep falling on my head.” And back to YouTube I go. Geez, whatever happened to BJ Thomas? Oh, he’s in Branson, Missouri. That figures.
Let’s plow on, shall we? Like most everyone I know, I have problems sleeping from time to time. Well, a lot of the time. These problems can vary from trouble falling asleep, or it can be the ol’ waking up at 3:00 am and not being able to get back to sleep. And while I have found the allergy medicine Benedryl to be highly effective in knocking me out and keeping me out, it packs a hell of a hangover if you don’t allow yourself an adequate amount of time to sleep. And since I don’t even think about a sleeping aid until it is way too late, I usually don’t take a Benedryl except on the weekends when I want and need to catch up on my sleep.
I’ve always loved the idea of ambient noise recordings – babbling brooks, crickets, the gentle lapping of water on a lake, or the crashing of waves on the ocean. However, the ones I have heard quickly go from soothing to annoying when it becomes obvious that it is just a 30 second (if that) loop. It gets really distracting waiting for that damn owl to hoot again. And I know he’s going to – he does it every 30 seconds. And the point of these sounds is to lull me to sleep, not be waiting for the damn owl to hoot. So, ultimately, I gave up on these in my quest for an effective sleeping aid.
That was until I found a free app for my iPhone, Sleepmaker Storms. After some experimentation, I’ve found my favorite setting is “medium thunder with heavy splatter.” Actually, I don’t even hear the thunder, just the rain, heavy on the splatter. I set the timer to 45 minutes, place the iPhone on my bedside table, and so far, I’ve found I’ve been falling asleep pretty easily.
There is something so soothing about listening to rain. Sure, being outside in it can be a pain in the ass, or even dangerous. Yet, inside, cozy and warm, knowing that is the best and smartest place to be, the rain invites us to curl up with a good book or movie. The rain encourages us to stay inside our little cocoon and relax. I like that. And maybe that’s why it works for as a good sleep aid. Crashing waves implies I need to be worried about applying sunblock, and hearing crickets and owls only make me wonder what other creatures are lurking outside that want to eat me alive. But, the rain . . . the rain just says, relax, get your favorite blanky and a book, and then doze off into sleep, sweet sweet sleep.