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A Penchant for Rain Sounds

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Tanya is a writer for a digital marketing company, lives with Miss Cathy, and watches a lot of TV and movies for inspiration.

Ever wonder why millions of people like listening to rain sounds?

Maybe it's the quiet and relaxing feeling that comes with it.

We’ll talk about it in this post.

A video of heavy rain

Excellent noise-canceling music

Rain sounds can improve the connection between your two brain hemispheres. As a result, they can enhance concentration and faster communication.

And according to Stanford University researchers, 42% of the workforce are now WFH or work-from-home employees. And as WFH employees, they need all the boost in concentration they can get.

Anti-stress audio

According to the Mental Health Foundation, a leading charity specializing in people’s mental health, stress crushes enthusiasm, joy, and positivity. When it conducted a study involving 4000+ respondents (and stressed individuals), it discovered that:

  • 51% felt depressed
  • 43% ate unhealthily, ate too little, or ate too much
  • 37% felt lonely
  • 29% started drinking
  • 16% started smoking

Rain music is superb as an effective stress management tool. It can help you eliminate mild and chronic stress.

Here is a list of alternative ways to get rid of stress:

  • Use biofeedback - Consult a biofeedback expert — a medical professional who creates physiological changes to improve your physical and mental well-being.
  • Remove toxicity - Be unapologetic about getting rid of stress triggers. If you have acquaintances that cause stress, say goodbye to them.
  • Be assertive - Agree or disagree with things genuinely. And stop caring too much about uncontrollable situations.
  • Expose yourself to positive media - Stop watching true crime documentaries, thriller series, or criminal shows. Their darkness can be infectious.
  • Set realistic expectations - Avoid wishful thinking or hoping for the best. Instead, expect what’s right, accept it, and move on.

It’s an ASMR trigger

This is where Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) enters the picture.

ASMR is a tingling feeling that starts on the scalp and gently moves down to the upper portion of your spine.

People like the feeling because it lets them experience pure bliss or "low-grade euphoria" and positive emotions.

People like it so much that they search the internet for ASMR videos. ASMR videos became a behemoth YouTube trend at one point.

Other ASMR triggers:

  • Page-turning
  • Whispering
  • Tapping
  • Getting a massage
  • Crinkling

Rain sounds, as an ASMR trigger, bolster your body’s immune system, and ability to produce endorphins, and pain response. Not only that, but they also increase your body’s neurotransmitters.

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Makes the brain more receptive

Rain sounds improve brain functioning. Because the brain is more receptive to music, listening to rainy music every day is like taking vitamins every day.

Do you watch Stranger Things?

If so, you must know that season 4 (arguably, the best Stranger Things season) explored the essence of music — and how it can make your brain more receptive.

One of the most memorable scenes in the show is when Max went into a trance. She wasn’t receptive to those telling her to snap out of her state anymore. And Vecna almost took her.

If Lucas, Dustin, and Steve didn’t put on her favorite music, Max wouldn’t have survived. But, because they did, it reached portions of her brain and triggered a response from her.

As music for sleeping

Rain sounds can help those with sleeping disorders.

After all, about 70 million adults have some form of sleep disorder — insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea.

One of the simplest treatments for their problem?? is to use a sleeping aid.

Some people have serious sleeping disorders. Because of these disorders, it’s understandable why they need to take sleeping medications.

If you’re one of those with mild to moderate sleeping disorders, here’s a list of things you can do:

  • Reduce caffeine intake
  • Avoid sleeping during the day
  • Avoid heavy meals about three hours before bedtime
  • Eat nutritious meals
  • Be physically active (exercise for 30 minutes)

And, of course, listen to rain sounds!

As music for pets

Sound affects pets. And because the sound of rain — relaxing and peaceful — triggers relaxation and peace, it can cause your pet to calm down.

As a pet owner (five dogs), I know this from experience: dogs tend to go all over the place when they hear loud sounds like fireworks and gigantic items falling to the ground. Loudness aggravates them.

My solution? Put on rain music from a YouTube channel.

Conclusion

Like the old saying goes, where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

So, if you wonder why there are people who like listening to rain music, you should know by now that they’re on to something.

© 2022 Tanya

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