Our question is, is it bad for our 4 1/2 year old to sleep a good part of her night with white noise blasting? Has there been any research on the effects of white noise on older children's brains, long-term effects on becoming a light vs. deep sleeper, etc?
I don't know about any studies, but my anecdotal experience is that my whole family sleeps with white noise machines and we can all fall asleep and stay that way without them. We used to live on a busy street, and the white noise machines were necessary (my husband is a deep sleeper but I am not). My kids can sleep with or without them, but it definitely helps drown out the little noises that might wake them up.
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