The clock radio in your room has nature sounds, including ocean waves and a babbling brook. Every night at your bedtime, we set it to play one of those sounds. Our theory is that the white noise helps you settle down to sleep. Before we go to bed ourselves, we sneak back into your room and turn the sound off.
We wonder, though, if this ritual of ours is going to have a lasting effect on you. Will you develop a unique form of narcolepsy that causes you to nod off every time you get close enough to the ocean to hear the waves? Will we ever find you snoozing in a parking lot because the cry of seagulls makes you drowsy? Will you have to avoid running streams lest you start yawning uncontrollably?
You’ll have to let us know.