If you have any kind of anxiety, are a light sleeper, or simply enjoy meditation, you might have heard about sound machines or how some people choose to open their windows to the sound whenever Mother Nature makes her own sound machine. Used to block out other sound and provide rest and relaxation, sound machines and relaxation podcasts and apps are selling like hotcakes, and one of the sounds they often mimic is that of rain or water. Who hasn’t listened to the magical sound of a brook, or the dripping of rain, and felt instantly soothed? Now at the Umbrella Shop, we love rain in any and all forms, but we realize we might be a minority. So we wondered…why is rain so relaxing?
Apparently, there’s a real reason that rain calms us. In an article for Live Science magazine, Orfeu Buxton, an associate professor of biobehavioural health at Pennsylvania State University, said, "These slow, whooshing noises are the sounds of non-threats, which is why they work to calm people. It's like they're saying: 'Don't worry, don't worry, don't worry.'" So basically, we see the sound of rain as one of nature, and therefore, our minds are able to tune it out and accept that we can continue to rest. There is nothing to fear.
The study further revealed that rain has the acoustic ability to overshadow other more intrusive sounds that aren’t key to relaxing. So basically, rain is nature’s way of dealing with the loudness of life.
So there you have it! There is science behind why we at the Umbrella Shop love rain so much. So the next time it’s hitting the windowpanes, lean in, pay attention, and relax!