Surviving the Hum

Many people are affected by ILFN and the Hum in particular. For some it is inconsequential and for others it is life altering.

The Hum is not just any annoying sound or noise. The Hum is infrasound and low freqeuncy sound waves. If you are reading this page chances are you have some level of awareness of how these soundwaves affect you personally. the information on this page is valid for any type of Hum or low frequency noise regardless of where you think it may be coming from.

Everyone has a different level of sensitivity. While you may be greatly affected by these sound wave someone you live with or near may have a different level of sensitivity and not be bothered at all. To put this in perspective lets consider alllergies. Some people might not be bother at all by pollen or pet dander while for others it can make them very uncomfortable. The most extreme example would be peanut butter. For some it is a delicious nutrious food for others it can be life threatening. ILFN acts similarly in that others around you may not be affected in the slightest while it devastates you in every way.

The physical effects of exposure to infrasound and low frequency noise can in fact cause you body to change negatively. Infrasound and low frequncy noise act as a stressor on the human body that actually goes beyond how it affects your mind. If you are visiting this Site looking for answers chances are you have already been affected by ILFN in some way. Sleep deprivation is the most common side effect. Sleep is obviously neccesary to be healthy. Pipeline flutter also known as the The Hum has a reputation for being present late at night and in the wee hours of the morning. I know this to be true from personal experience. Often times Hums become more apparant at night after the world around us quiets down and it's not uncommon to be bothered by your neighbors air conditioner at bedtime when the normal sounds of daytime activity kept it at bay.

In order to save you a lot of time and frustration if you are suffering from sleep deprivation caused by ILFN or the Hum I would strongly encourage you NOT to attempt to resolve this issue with noise complaints or trying to make someone in Governement aware in hopes of resolving the issue quickly. Help is not coming. Many people spend critical days and weeks with false hopes of resolution. Again help is not coming and you must immediately do everything you can to protect yourself to the best of your abilty. The priority here is to find a way to sleep.

If you can move or relocate that is the best possible solution but for many of us that is not possible.

If you are someone like me and moving away isn't an option that you will need to find another solution as quickly as possible. The goal here is to find a way to get some meaningful rest as soon as possible. When you first start at this you must keep in mind that it could be a while before you regain the abilty to sleep through most of the night. Don't panic. Panic only makes it worse. For now you should be trying the re-establish a connection with normal sleep and even if it starts with short periods it is still better than being sleepless for days and nights on end. Try music, masking with different sounds, and mindful meditation. If you are aware of times that are worse than others consider adjusting your sleep schedule temporarily.
I do not recommend sleep aids or prescription drugs for obvious reasons. I am not aware of any type of supplement or drug that provides benefits that outweigh the negative side effects. You may want to consider your diet and how foods that promote GABA factor in.

Masking natural gas pipeline flutter also known as the the Hum - One technique that has been found to be effective against the debilitating sleep deprivation that comes with low frequency noise generated by natural gas pipelines is called masking. Basically masking is using other noises and sounds to mitigate the ceaseless pulsations that keep you from falling asleep or staying asleep. There are a number of sounds that are known to be effective but the key here is to find the ones that work for you. Some of the sounds that are proven to have worked are aircraft cabin noise and the sound of a fan in your bedroom or sleeping area. Something that has worked well for me is an Honeywell Air Purifier like this one. It has a few different fan speeds. I turn it on to a medium setting almost every night and sometimes I have to turn it up if the Hum it is really bad.


In addition to an air purifier running in my bedroom I use my Cellphone and a buletooth speaker beside the bed. This is something I only need to use on especially bad nights when the air purifier isn't enough. The sound that works best is a soft fan noise. There are lots of free ones on Youtube Here is a link > You tube soft fan sounds <
The key here is to find the right sound that works for you. When you hit the right one is should have the effect of noise cancelling the Hum so that you can sleep. When you find the right one make sure to download the File so you don't eat up all of your data. Sometimes I just use my Cellphone with a Fan sound playing a few feet away from me and adjust the volume until the hum goes away. You might also try playing it on a bluetooth speaker if that works.

So here is a recap of how I succesfully mask the Hum so I can sleep.

Air Purifier on medium in the room everynight with few exceptions.
Cell phone with soft fan noise beside the bed ready to go if the Hum gets loud
Bluetooth speaker ready in case playing the fan noise on my Cellphone speaker isn't enough
Practice good sleep habits including getting some excercise in the daytime
Practice Mindful meditation, Yoga and relaxation techniques
A good diet that promotes healthy levels of Gaba seems to help.

One really great technique for stress relief came from someone in a Facebook Group about the Hum. It is call Pranayama You can read about it here - The benefits of Pranayama
Breathing techniques are good for the mind and the body and can help combat the physical effects of stress for example nausea and elevated cortisoal levels.

Don't engage in ruminating about the Hum Just do you best to find ways to escape mentally at every opportunity.

It may take some trial and error expermenting with different sounds and equipment to find what works for you but don't give up. When you get it right, masking can save your life by at least letting you get  enough sleep to survive and stop the enevitable downward spiral of sleep deprivation.

Lastly you might want to consider joining one of the many Groups on social media where you can talk with others who are also affected. I have heard from many people that it helps to at least know that you are not alone and most of these groups will be happy to let you vent and share what you are going through.

Above all ... find a way to escape and rest even if it is only for short periods of time. You can work on this as time goes on and you will have plenty of time to file complaints and look for solutions later. Right now your personal physical and mental health are the priority and it all starts with sleep. For the time being forget about the Hum as much as you can and don't worry about what tommorow may bring.

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Last update March 03 / 2024.

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