The Best White Noise Machine for Ugly Sleep

By Emily McCrary-Ruiz-Esparza

Disclosure: House Method was provided with free product in exchange for our review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are those of our editorial team.

Ugly sleep is the best sleep. The drooling, pillowcase lines on your face kind of sleep. The kind where you dream all night because that’s how deep you are, where you wake up from a dream and maybe you’re still in it? The sleep where you wake up looking like you were in a Whitesnake video. I long for ugly sleep.

Here’s the experiment. I brought home a white noise machine: the Marpac Dohm. I set it on the dresser and told my husband that I’d be testing them over the next few weeks, so let me know what you think.

Here’s the setting. We live in downtown Raleigh in an apartment built in 1935. It’s beautiful, but it’s noisy. We hear pretty much everything from our upstairs neighbors (read: squeaky hardwood floors, thin walls, and amorous young things), and we hear traffic and sirens for much of the night.

Here’s the sleep situation. I fall asleep easily, but I don’t stay asleep. I toss and turn. I don’t dream a lot because I just don’t get that deep. If I wake up any time before 6:00 a.m., I’m just awake, whether or not I want to be. On the weekends, I find it nearly impossible to sleep in.

The test

I wanted to see which machine and which noise(s) we naturally gravitate toward for bedtime. For the first week, we toggled between the two settings. My biggest ask was that it drown out the noise from the neighbors and let me sleep soundly through the night.

The Dohm is a “natural” noise machine in that the mechanism by which it creates sound is physical—the Dohm is basically an enclosed fan (though it creates no real perceptible air movement). I love the sound quality. It’s got a lot of great volume behind it too. The simplicity of not having a dozen noise options is nice too. You just flip a switch, no disagreements about which noise we’ll zonk out to.

By now, we use the Dohm every night on its loudest setting. Though it took a couple weeks, on the weekends now, I find myself sleeping about 30 minutes longer, and last Saturday, I got ugly sleep. I woke up at 9:30 (pretty sure that’s a lifetime record for me) drooling on my pillow. I’ve really grown to love this little guy. I’m going to award the Dohm as the best white noise machine for ugly sleep.

Let's Get You Some Ugly Sleep


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