Wind Sounds

The sound of the wind is one of the most relaxing sounds that nature produces. The sight and sound of a steady breeze, a strong howling wind, and the swaying trees cause our brains to release melatonin, which is the hormone that regulates the sleep-wake cycle in humans. If you are someone who struggles with getting to sleep at night and or staying asleep, try relaxation with wind sounds – a perfectly safe and natural remedy for babies, teenagers, and adults alike. Other nature sounds can be found here

It’s interesting how wind, which can be one of the deadliest forces on earth, can also be one of the most tranquil forces on the earth. From a gentle garden breeze that cools us off and refreshes our minds to a roaring tornado that tears down everything in its past, the planet is often unpredictable, ever reminding us who is really in charge. If you are not new to Nature Sounds TV, then you are probably familiar with our nature videos. For example, we regularly upload new videos on this website and on our YouTube channel, capturing nature at its best. This includes nature videos that feature rain sounds, ocean sounds, forest sounds, bird sounds, animal sounds, and more, which we encourage you to explore on your own. You can also follow us on SoundCloud for soundtracks

In this featured video, we recorded the wind blowing on a crisp autumn day in Norway. The sky is overcast, and the plants and shrubs are beginning to change color as autumn rolls in. The trees and bushes are swaying, pushed to and fro by the stiff, relentless breeze. In the background, you can see the picturesque mountain chain jutting up across the channel, with one side already darkened as the sun fastly sets. You can almost feel the cold breeze, and the combination of the wind and the dark skies will make you want to climb under your blanket and get to sleep. Watch the slow-moving clouds, the swaying vegetation, and listen to the sound of the wind for falling asleep

Why is the Sound of Wind So Relaxing?

As mentioned previously, the sound of the wind is relaxing in part because it causes the brain to release melatonin, the hormone that makes you feel sleepy. This is the scientific reason behind it, although exactly how the wind causes this to happen is unclear. Also, when the wind blows, it causes the trees to sway, the grass to dance, and the plants to shake. This leads to a release in pollen, plant oils, and it displaces some of the soil, all of which create a scent that travels to our nostrils, and our brains register these odors as “restful.” That unmistakable scent tells our brains, “It’s time to get a little shut-eye.” And what better sounds to listen to than wind sounds

There is also evidence that our genetic makeup is predisposed to regard the wind and other natural non-threatening elements as tranquil. Our understanding of nature and how things work was passed onto us from our ancestors, and this is potentially part of why we incorporate non-threatening nature sounds as soothing, relaxing, and restful noises. This, for example, could explain why every time it rains outside when the snow is falling, and when the wind is whipping and rustling the branches on the trees, we begin to feel tired and sleepy. It sounds kind of crazy, but it’s really not. The theory isn’t as far-fetched as some might believe it is

Since the dawn of humanity, inclement weather conditions have been times when ourselves hand our ancestors have had to hunker down – to stay inside. Usually, when it’s windy outside, it’s also quite cloudy, and there have been a vast number of studies that show an undeniable connection between cloud coverage and our emotional and psychological behavior. Could it be that the combination of the clouds, possible precipitation, and the whirling or whipping sound of the wind can indulge our five senses, making us feel tired? Do we share some of the same instincts about blowing wind, pouring rain, and falling snow that our ancestors did? That when these come, it’s time to stay inside and get some rest, while waiting for the wind outside to calm down

Sound of wind

Does Listening to Sounds Help you Sleep?

There are some people who can’t sleep with any noise around them. Even a pin drop will disturb them. To get any quality sleep, these people need absolute silence. Loud cars, barking dogs, and even the noise from a television set in a nearby room can prevent a lot of people from falling asleep or staying asleep. On the other hand, there are many people who cannot fall asleep or stay asleep in the dead of silence. They need some kind of noise in the background at all times. Likewise, there are people who can sleep with or without noise. If you are someone who prefers to have a little noise in the background while you doze off, then this video is perfect for you

A lot of people are using white noise to help them fall asleep. Unfortunately, these kinds of noises can prevent people from falling into a deep sleep. A REM sleep cycle occurs in intervals throughout the night and is characterized by more dreaming and bodily movements. If you are not getting enough REM sleep each night, not only will you often wake up feeling tired, slow, lethargic, and sluggish, but your health might also suffer as well. Try listening to wind sounds next time

The Health Effects of Not Getting Enough Sleep

An occasional night without sleep won’t hurt you, but a habit or a pattern of falling asleep with white noises in the background that inhibit REM sleep can lead to serious health and medical conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes. As you see, sleeping is very important for your mental, emotional, and physical health, and wind sounds are pink noises, not white noise. Pink noises not only help people get to sleep by causing the pineal gland to secrete melatonin, as do some white noises, but there is strong evidence that nature sounds and other pink noises, such as wind sounds, can also promote REM sleep

If you are using noise, like natural sounds from mother nature, to help your baby, toddler, or child get to sleep, please keep in mind that natural sounds are always better than artificial sounds. The key is to use pink noise for sleep and not white noise. This is especially important for young ones

What is Pink Noise and White Noise?

Wind sounds are considered to be pink noises, as are other naturally-occurring noises, such as rain sounds, waterfall sounds, ocean sounds, and more. On the other hand, white noises are things like TV sounds, air conditioner sounds, the sound of an electric fan, etc. These devices are artificial, and although they can potentially help a person fall asleep, they often prevent the person from remaining asleep or achieving a deep state of REM sleep, which leaves you more rested

Both white noises and pink noises cover all of the frequencies that the human ear is capable of hearing. However, pink noise decreases as frequency increases. In other words, pink noise is smoot across all frequencies, whereas white noise is more like static or a hiss. To make a long story short, if you are going to be using background noise to fall asleep and stay asleep, use pink noise instead of white noise. Use nature sounds, such as the sound of the wind blowing and rustling the leaves, or majestic waterfalls roaring, rather than using artificial sounds, such as the sound of a TV

Best Tips if You’re Having Trouble Sleeping Due to Noise

Could more noise be the answer you are looking for? Does it make sense that, if you are having trouble getting to sleep due to noise, you would want to add more noise? Yes. Although it seems counter-intuitive, this is exactly the case. Just as one might put on their headphones and listen to music to drown out the sound of laughter coming from another room of the house, so too, can using wind sounds and other nature sounds to drown out the artificial noise around you

For example, if you live in a busy city, and you are continuously subjected to the sound of cars, people, construction equipment, and or other types of artificial noise, then you can tune it all out by playing natural wind sounds from Nature Sounds TV. Of course, while wind sounds can help you get to sleep and stay asleep, listening to the sound of the wind will do little to nothing to help you if you don’t take other steps as well. Indeed, listening to wind sounds on Nature Sounds TV is just one piece of the puzzle. Here are some of the things that you can do to help get a better sleep:

Wind nature sound

Reserve Your Bed for Sleep Only

Your bed should be used for only one of two things, and one of those things is sleep. If you are accustomed to lying in your bed at night and watching television, you might want to try sleeping on the sofa or on the floor for a couple of weeks to break the habit, or if you can, you might want to rearrange your furniture and put your bed in a different room, WITHOUT THE TV. This way, you can break the habit of spending time on your bed doing anything other than getting some shut-eye

Likewise, your bedroom should be a place of shut-eye and love-making. Try not to spend too much time in your bedroom reading, relaxing, talking on your phone, or doing anything else. Over time, you will program your mind and body to associate your bedroom with sleep only

Exercise 1 Hour Before Lying Down

Something as simple as doing pushups and situps before you lay down can make a world of difference in getting to sleep at night. You’ve probably noticed that you feel more tired and more relaxed after a good, hard work out. Other options include going for a brisk walk or doing jumping Jacks. The point is, get your heart pumping, break a sweat, and get your muscles working. Then, top it all off with a nice cold shower. Turn on the wind sounds from Nature Sounds TV, and you’ll be sleeping like a baby in no time

Avoid Alcohol and Caffeine

Some experts say that you should not consume any caffeine or alcohol four hours before lying down at night. Five or six hours would be even better! These stimulants can linger inside of you long after you consume them, preventing you from fall asleep, even if you feel like you would otherwise like to get to sleep

De-Stress Before Laying Down

One of the best parts about wind sounds and other nature sounds from Nature Sounds TV, aside from the fact that they work, is that they are very soothing and relaxing. However, if you are overly anxious, angry, or upset, then you might discover that nothing can calm you down. Try practicing some deep breathing techniques, such as Wim Hof breathing techniques, to get the negative feelings and thoughts out of you. Then, your mind will respond better to the wind sounds video featured here

Listen to Wind Sounds on YouTube

YouTube is a great place to listen to relaxing nature sounds for free. Below are some of the wind sounds you can listen to at the Nature Sounds TV’s very own YouTube channel. We have hundreds of relaxing nature videos from all the seasons of the year, with various nature sounds, like rain, wind, rivers, and ocean sounds. New videos are added every week, so be sure to subscribe to stay updated on new nature videos. Our videos are in 4K UHD quality, which also makes them perfect to use as nature screensavers for your TV or monitors, try the ones below for example




Listen to Wind Sounds on SoundCloud

Nature Sounds TV are also to be found at SoundCloud. Here we have lots of free nature sound albums in categories like wind sounds, rain sounds, river sounds, and much more. Play these soundtracks directly from our SoundCloud account and you will get the option to put the sounds on repeat, which lets you play them for as long as you need. Perfect if you are using these soundtracks as sleep sounds, or for increasing your focus while working or studying. Try also bird sounds and waterfall sounds for more natural noises