In a city like Chicago, with long, cold months where the windows are constantly closed, it's easy to to forget there's even noise to be heard. But now that we've gotten a taste of spring and opened the windows, I'm reminded that city noise in the summer — sirens, car alarms, trains, construction, people — is a different story. Will we ever adjust?
For me, the answer is yes. After 10 years, I've adjusted to city noise. Most of the time it is like white noise — it would be discomforting if I didn't hear anything. But I will always miss the sounds in more rural areas and smaller towns that you don't hear in cities — crickets, owls, birds, a distant train, and definitely the ocean. These sounds relax me.
But if you're a life-long city dweller, and find it hard to sleep without the noise of the city, don't worry, there's an app for that! The White Noise app can make nearly any sound needed for a more restful, siren-filled sleep.
Have you figured out how to adjust? Or will the noise always be a downside to living in a big city?
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