Why is the sound of fire so soothing for sleep?

The ambiance from a fireplace is a great way to unwind , relax and can help you sleep better at night. This effect likely has to do with the evolution of the human species. If you have ever sat around a campfire with friends or settled in for an evening in front of the fireplace, you know the effect it has. The warmth and the sound are soothing and calming, but according to science, the effect goes well beyond physical sensations.

A study of the effects of fire sounds on people found that the crackling noises reduce blood pressure. In other words, it really does induce relaxation. The researchers hypothesize that this effect could be a result of evolution. As humans evolved, social connections made around the campfire became necessary for survival. Those who stayed around the fire to make those connections thrived and survived. This could be the underlying reason we respond to fire, but it’s not certain. The relaxation effect could also be a result of cultural conditioning. Either way, the effect is real and can help you sleep better.

If you don’t have a fireplace, or it isn’t practical to build a fire every night, virtually simulated fire sounds can provide a similar effect. Just enjoy this preset sound scene in our app. Mix your own if you find the preset one not to your liking. Adding and saving your own effects is easy. You can mix any 3 from 150+ sounds which we worked with the professional studio to record and process. For the benefits of a fire, try campfire and fire crackles, and add in the sound of a forest or wind in the leaves. You’ll feel like you’re there around the ancestral fire while getting all of the great sleep benefits.

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