My “white noise” machine has several other sounds on it that I never use. Most of them, like thunder storms, birds chirping, and frogs croaking just aren’t relaxing because I tend to pay attention to when the sound loops.
But they also include wind as one of the noises.
Since I’ve been here nearly a decade, I’ve probably mentioned that I’m afraid of wind: when I was a senior in high school, and the only one at the house mid-move, half a tree punched through the roof of the house we were leaving. Since then I’ve had a hard time coping with high winds. If the wind gusts are more than 30mph, I don’t sleep, even with the white noise machine trying to drown it out. Instead I stay awake and worry about the house, the cars, the propane tank (houses routinely blow up in New England, so it’s not an entirely idle worry), the neighbors, the neighbors’ cars, their propane tanks…you get the idea.
So, the last sound on earth I’d want on a machine that’s supposed to be soothing is wind. Nope, a sound that scares me awake when it’s live definitely won’t get me to sleep as a recording.
How about you? What sound would you include? Not sounds that you’d merely find annoying (I hate frogs croaking, ftr) but ones that would actively make you anxious rather than restful?