By Jeff Copper, MBA, PCC, PCAC, CPCC, ACG – December 26, 2022
Many individuals with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder find it easier to focus with some type of sound in the background. It’s called “white noise” or “white light.” These “white” experiences can be powerful environmental differences that actually help those with self-regulation challenges to be more focused. Some of my clients have reported that they actually use white noise or white light to minimize distractions.
Most of us have heard of white noise, and while there’s definitely a lot of talk about it, there’s no actual science on it. White noise is really anything from a constant drone of sound in the background, like a humming noise, a shooshing sound, even TV or radio, anything that is constant. It’s been said that there may be a connection in the brain wiring that needs this in the background. It’s also been reported that this background stimulation can even help kids with their homework.
Some with ADHD seem to have a hypersensitivity to sound or even tactile things. It’s almost like white noise drowns out distractions or blends noises together. For example, instead of hearing sharpness that draws the attention away, even something as simple as the sound of a door opening or closing, this white noise is almost like a blanket that wraps everything together so that nothing stands out distinctly.
Can you relate to this topic? If so, please check out my interview with Caroline Maguire (www.neccoaching.com) on Attention Talk Radio, “White Noise, White Light, and White Experiences.” Learn how these “tools” can help you manage your attention and stay focused. http://tobtr.com/8105275