Sound machines and apps for sleep are filled with noises of the woods and the wilderness—and there’s some interesting science behind what nature can do for the mind. Even newer research suggests why the sounds of nature are so deeply soothing. Scientists at Britain’s University of Sussex had participants listen to recordings of nature sounds and artificial sounds, while measuring their brain and nervous system activity. They found nature sounds led to more outward-focused attention in the brain, rather than inward-focused. Inward-focused attention is associated with states of anxiety, stress, and depression—all of which can be antithetical to sleep. Researchers also found participants’ nervous systems moved toward a more relaxed, “rest and digest” mode of activity after listening to recordings from nature. Employing the sounds of the outdoors to help you sleep is one easy way to connect with nature if you’re living in an environment with a lot of artificial noise. Can’t open the window and hear crickets chirp you to sleep on a summer night? Bring the crickets to you. Listen to our sleep music selection: SUBSCRIBE! NEW VIDEOS COMING SOON NUMEDITATIONMUSIC youtube channel Music by NuMeditationMusic Available on every streaming service worldwide #numeditationmusic #sleepsounds #campfiresounds