In the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's, when Paul Varjak wakes her one morning, we learn that Holly Golightly sleeps with earplugs (as well as with an eyemask). We tried this once; it freaked us out. Perhaps because we grew up sleeping in a bedroom on the street, where the sound of passer-by lulled us to sleep and the sound of garbage trucks was the melody that accompanied that delicious stretch of sleep just before the alarm rings, we find a little noise comforting.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, another friend cannot go to sleep without listening to music. His lullabies are not penned by Brahms or any of the other classical composers; his play lists consist of the stuff most of us listen to in the morning to get us going. Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, Matt & Kim, Hot Chip, and Vampire Weekend are some of the bands that carry him to slumberland. For other people, it's a white noise machine, with their sounds of chirping crickets or rushing waterfalls, that helps them get their eight hours. It's one of the reasons we love the rain we've been having in LA; our building's drainpipe is just outside our bedroom window. It's a great sound to go to sleep to. What about you? Do you prefer absolute quiet, a tour of your ITunes playlist, the sounds of your white noise machines, street conversation or something else?
[image: Breakfast at Tiffany's, directed by Blake Edwards, Paramount Pictures 1961, available at Amazon]