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Do you keep the radio on when you fall asleep?

Asked by wundayatta (58663points) May 4th, 2012

If so, what do you listen to? If you listen to news, do you actually take in any information that you can remember? If so, does it disturb your sleep?

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OpryLeigh's avatar

I used to but I don’t think I could anymore. I like silence when I sleep now. I used to listen to a classical music radio station or an oldies station.

Coloma's avatar

I often listen to either mellow instrumental/nature or ethnic music or “spiritual” recordings to ease into dreamland. I have a cd player next to my bed for easy access.

marinelife's avatar

No, noise at night distracts me.

jca's avatar

No. I may fall asleep with the TV on, but as soon as I wake up and realize TV and lights are on, I shut them all off for the remainder of the night.

filmfann's avatar

I listen to news while going to sleep.
If I had music on, I would go to sleep faster, but the alarm wouldn’t wake me.

Charles's avatar

The only time I did this was just after the 1994 Northridge earthquake. I kept the radio on (AM news channel) just to drown out the creaks from the aftershocks which were unnerving.

digitalimpression's avatar

No, just netflix.

tranquilsea's avatar

I used to listen to calm music but my husband needs silence so I adjusted.

Trillian's avatar

No, I have a white noise machine. A cheap one, since my Marsona was lost in a move. I plan to get another one soon, and once again I will drift off to the sound of surf, buoy bells, and seagulls. Just thinking about it makes mzzzzzzzzzzzz.

reijinni's avatar

every night when possible.

laineybug's avatar

Every night. I just leave on the local music station and set it to turn off in an hour so it won’t be on all night.

YARNLADY's avatar

No, it would keep me awake.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I don’t even know how to get to a radio.

wundayatta's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir I’m not sure how to interpret that. I’m sure you know how to go to a store to buy one. Are you saying there aren’t any in your house? Does no one ever use one? You don’t know how to operate them? I really am not clear what you mean. Unless you literally mean you don’t know how to get to a radio and it never occurred to you that you could find one at a store. I hope that’s not what you mean.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@wundayatta There isn’t one at home. I guess, I had to think about it really hard. I guess my kids have a boombox, that might have a radio though I’ve no clue how to get at it. I also don’t what store I’d get one in. I don’t want one so it doesn’t matter.

wundayatta's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir Thanks for clearing that up for me, though. If you ever did want a radio, I bet you could figure out where to go in the twinkling of a google search. ;-)

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@wundayatta Yeah, I feel like I would figure that kind of thing out.

harple's avatar

I used to need silence, and if a radio was on I would listen to it intently, thus it would be of no help in soothing me to sleep.

Recently I’ve been having a terrible time getting to sleep. One night, the people I live with stayed up late playing music and singing for a party, and I went out like a light.

So for the last few weeks I’ve had the radio on at bedtime, just very low, and I wear ear-plugs anyway (being in a shared house)... it makes it simply noise rather than distinguishable sound, and so I don’t find myself actively listening. Touch wood, it’s working so far! (I set it for 30 minutes to turning off, and haven’t found myself still awake beyond that.)

ucme's avatar

I keep it on the shelf yes, but it’s not turned on.

majorrich's avatar

I listen to golden age radio drama’s from the 30’s and 40’s. Like Johnny Dollar an Insurance investigator. Fibber McGee and Molly, Gunsmoke and stuff like that. It’s pretty neat! I wish they still had programs like that today.

cookieman's avatar

I occasionally fall asleep with my headphones on listening to jazz or standards.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

I used to have a music website playlist going during the night for sleep but the whirring sound of our laptop annoys my husband so we opt for quiet. We tried netflix “Fireplace for the Home” but same deal- the Xbox noise cancelled out the novelty crackling-fire noise.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Noooo. Although my “alarm clock” is my old cell phone and it wakes me with “Layla!!!” at full blast at 6:00 every morning.

bkcunningham's avatar

When I was growing up, I slept with my three sisters in one little upstairs bedroom. My older sisters would turn the radio to WOWO Fort Wayne, Indiana, and turn it down so low I tried not to breath too loudly so I could hear the music better.

I used to check out the old radio programs like @majorrich mentioned, recorded on cassette tapes from the library and listen in my car and at night. I listen to our local AM station during the day sometimes.

But for the life of me, I can’t sleep with any noise at night now. I don’t know if it is hormones or what, but I want it to be total silence. zzZZzzzz

bewailknot's avatar

I need quiet to sleep now but when I was a kid I always had the radio on all night, a top 40 station of course. The only radio I have now is in my car, and like @Dutchess_III I also use my cellphone as my alarm.

Berserker's avatar

No, no sounds of any kind for me. Total and complete bloody silence as I sleep. :) I used to do that as a teen though. Keep the radio on, I really enjoyed it, and it was fun going to sleep with it. Listened to this station that played popular grunge, rock and a bit of pop. It was called 92 citi FM, which eventually got turned into an oldies station.
Listening to the radio as you sleep is no good though, because as you sleep, the brain is busy registering what it hears, so it’s not getting the rest it needs. But my dad let me do it anyways, and would come turn it off before he went off to bed.
I wish I could do that now, but I just can’t, it would keep me up. I wish I could turn my ears off when I go to sleep. I have the hearing of a thousand vampires, and it pisses me off. Didn’t have noise problem before, but I guess I doth now.

hearkat's avatar

I would love to have silence when I sleep, but that is impossible. First of all, I have had constant tinnitus as long as I can remember, so I don’t know what silence is. Secondly, I have 2 cats and a young adult son living in my home. Thirdly, my fiancĂ© uses a CPAP machine which makes some noises (but is way better than the snorting was). And fourth, we live near the main entrance to our complex, so there’s some traffic noise throughout the night.

So since I’m an easily-distractible person and a light sleeper, I have an app that plays nature sounds mixed with drone sounds that I play through the night. When I nap, it has a timer, and when it stops playing, I usually wake up a short time after.

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