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A number of studies have pointed to white noise as the source of a better night's sleep, and if you have a Google Assistant in your house, you could be counting sheep in no time with this little-known feature.
White noise is the sound of many different frequencies being played in a random order, resulting in a soft, static sound.
Studies suggest that the sound of white noise can help people - especially babies and young children - fall asleep easier.
The sound has also been linked to improving concentration at work or in the classroom.
Google Assistants are conveniently equipped to play a range of soothing sounds, from crackling fireplaces and soft ocean waves to white noise - and after discovering the genius feature, people can't get enough of it!
All you have to do is say to your Google Assistant: "Hey Google, help me relax", or "OK Google, play white noise."
One excited and well-rested user tweeted: "Just figured out my Google home can double as a white noise machine and this literally might free me from having to take tranquillisers to sleep???"
Another wrote: "'Hey Google, play some white noise' has been my saving Grace this week."
"U don't have a google home in every room for the purpose of playing white noise? Weird......" tweeted a third.
People are even more thrilled with how well it works for children.
One pleased parent wrote: "Every night when I tuck in my daughter I say 'Hey Google, goodnight' - it then plays some soft white noise and dims the lights in her room. Crazy to think that a brand can make it into your evening and morning routine. How's that for salience?"
One warning, though. If you do want the help of your Google Assistant to put your baby to sleep, make sure to enunciate your words clearly!
Some parents have not been so lucky with the feature.
After speaking unclearly to their Google Assistant, one parent tweeted: "Me: (After 30 minutes of pacifying my newborn): Ok Google! Play some white noise.
"Google Home: 'White dress' by @kanyewest, now playing on Spotify."
We'll give white noise a go for now, but maybe we'll save the Kanye West tunes for another time...
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