The latest TikTok trend has us listening to brown noise. Wellness fads come and go, but some TikTok video creators who struggle with ADHD, overthinking, and anxiety vouch for their ability to reduce stress.
What is Brown Noise? Is it like Pink or White Noise?
Brown noise, the better-known white noise, and even pink noise are examples of sonic hues. When compared to sounds like music or someone reading aloud, these noises are “continuous” and have little variation in their pitch, highs, and lows.
The pitch is what separates pink noise from white noise (or frequency).
A sound that is evenly distributed across all frequencies is called white noise. The sound is similar to radio static and spans low, mid, and high frequencies.
Less high-frequency sound and more low-frequency sound make up pink noise. Like a constant downpour, it is lower and deeper than white noise.
In comparison to white and pink noise, brown noise has lower frequencies. A rushing river or harsh surf might be heard in the deeper tones.
Can Brown Noise help with stress?
Different people respond differently to outside stimuli. That includes physical contact (like hugs), potent odours, coffee, glaring lights, or loudness.
So, although one individual may find a sound to be calming or pleasant, another may find it to be bothersome.
The advantages of brown noise over white noise have been lauded by TikTokers, particularly those with ADHD. While white noise has been demonstrated to improve verbal working memory and cognitive function in ADHD patients, brown noise’s effects have received less attention in the past.
Some individuals acquire that brown noise works better at calming the mind and promoting concentration and productivity. Some people prefer it to white noise when they want to fall asleep or just for the peaceful impact.